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If you ever wondered how to cook rice in a clay pot, you are going to love this recipe. Get light, fluffy, and perfectly tender rice every time!

⭐️ Why You Should Try This Recipe

  • Light & fluffy: Say goodbye to sticky or mushy rice. This tried and tested recipe yields perfect rice every time!
  • Perfectly cooked: The rice is moist and tender. Plus, there is no draining required!
  • Versatile: You can serve the rice as is, or coat it with your favorite sauce, stir in cooked veggies, sautéed mushrooms, and more to make a more complete meal.
  • It stays warm for a long time: One of the other advantages of a clay pot is that it holds heat for a long time.

📘 What is a Clay Pot

A clay pot is a cooking pot that is made from clay and used to cook a variety of dishes like stews, grains, vegetables, or braised dishes. Clay pots are usually glazed and come with a lid.

It is also said that clay pots can provide health benefits by adding many nutrients to cooked foods, like calcium, iron, and magnesium.

🍚 How to Make Clay Pot Rice

Cooking rice in a clay pot is easy and requires just 3 ingredients. Here is what you will need:

  • Basmati riceWhite basmati rice is my favorite. It has a floral and nutty aroma. Most types of white rice will work, though, so feel free to use what you have on hand.
  • Water – I use a ratio of 1 cup of water per 3/4 cup of rice.
  • Green onions – Optional, but sautéing green onions before adding the rice brings more flavor.

The process is very straightforward:

  1. Soak rice for 35-40 minutes. This step will allow the grains to soak up some water and soften a little bit.
  2. Sauté green onions for 1-2 minutes. This step is optional, but the green onions bring a lot of flavors and add some color!
  3. Drain the rice and add it to the clay pot.
  4. Cover with water.
  5. Bing to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes. Next, remove from heat and let it steam-covered for another 5 minutes.
  6. Fluff with a fork and serve!

Optional Sauce

If serving this rice with a curry or other salty sides, omit the sauce and add a pinch of salt before cooking.

However, if you plan to serve the rice as is, I HIGHLY recommend the sauce! Combine soy sauce with some sugar and ground black pepper in a small bowl. Then pour it over the cooked rice and stir to coat! The combination of black pepper with the scallions and soy sauce is dreamy!

🍛 What to Serve with This Rice

You can serve this rice as is or with:


Why should I cook rice in a clay pot?

The main advantage of a clay pot is that it is porous, allowing the food to stay moist. I also personally think it adds a very subtle earthy/nutty flavor to the food.

Which size of clay pot should I use for this recipe?

For one batch of this recipe, an 8-inch (20cm) clay pot is perfect and serves about two people. Feel free to double the recipe if using a larger clay pot.

Can I skip the soaking step?

I do not recommend skipping this step, as it really helps get perfectly cooked rice.

Will this recipe work with brown rice?

I haven’t tried it yet, but unless you are using brown rice with a long cooking time (30-40 minutes), it should work.

If you own a clay pot, you should definitely try cooking rice in it! It yields moist and fluffy rice with a nuttier flavor!

Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!

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Perfect Clay Pot Rice

5 from 1 vote
Author: Thomas Pagot
Learn how to cook perfect rice in a clay pot! Just 2 ingredients are required to make light and fluffy white rice!
Prep Time : 5 minutes
Cook Time : 10 minutes
Soaking time : 40 minutes
Total Time : 55 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 313 kcal


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 3/4 cup white basmati rice soaked for 35-40 minutes
  • 1 cup water

Optional Sauce

  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper adjust to taste


  • Heat the oil in an 8-inch clay pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped green onions and sauté for about 1 minute.
  • Drain the rice and add it to the clay pot. Cover with the water and give it a quick stir.
  • Bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, cover with the lid and reduce the heat to a simmer. Let simmer covered for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the clay pot covered in the heat for another 5 minutes.
  • Use a fork to fluff the rice and enjoy!
  • If using the sauce: combine the soy sauce, sugar, and ground black pepper in a small bowl. Mix to dissolve the sugar. Pour the sauce into the rice and stir to coat.


You can omit the green onions if you want, but I recommend not omitting the oil. It prevents the rice from sticking and improves its flavor.
If not using the sauce, add a rounded 1/8 tsp of salt to the water before cooking.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 313 kcal | Carbohydrates: 55.5 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 7.3 g | Fiber: 0.9 g | Sugar: 0.1 g
Course : Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine : Asian
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Hi Thomas,
I inherited my mother’s clay pot to cook beans. I always thought it could only be used to cook in the oven. The pot was made in the USA and does not say anything else.
Do you think I can cook rice in it on the stove?
Always love your recipes.
Stay safe.
Carol Ann

Where do I find a clay pot? How can I be sure it is safe for cooking? Ie no poison glazes? How would I take care of it?

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I got my clay pot as a gift from a friend. And voila, here I am to make some good dish for my family. Thanks for the recipe. The rice is really tender and moist. Plus, it tastes heavenly 😀