Should You Rinse Rice?

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No matter how many recipes you find that claim to be simple, there are always some with an extra step that seems totally unnecessary, like rinsing rice. Do you actually need to rinse rice, or is this a task that internet cooks have conditioned us to believe is necessary? Let’s discuss.

Do You Actually Need to Rinse Rice?

So, should you rinse rice? The short answer is yes. Rinsing rice is actually an important step that will make a noticeable difference in your dish. 

Keep in mind that you only need to rinse rice that is uncooked. If you are making rice that you just pop in the microwave, there’s no need to wash it.

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Benefits of Rinsing Rice

Rinsing rice is important for a couple of reasons, especially if you are cooking long-grain rice:

  • It cleans the rice – A bag of rice can come with unwanted guests, like dirt or other extras from the plant. Rinsing rice removes the unwanted bits and leaves you with clean grains of rice.
  • It prevents clumps – There’s starch on the surface of the rice, and when you don’t rinse it off, you put your rice at risk of clumping. 

What Happens if You Don’t Rinse Rice?

And if you don’t rinse rice? Well, you could end up with unwanted visitors in your dish, or super sticky rice that clumps and gives your dish an undesirable texture.

Does Rinsing Rice Remove Nutrients?

Yes, rinsing rice can remove nutrients, but only if you overdo it. Think of it as brushing your teeth. If you brush your teeth enough, you remove everything you don’t want. If you over-brush, you risk rubbing away at your gums. 

If you can avoid over-rinsing your rice, you don’t need to worry about washing away any nutrients.

In summation, rinse your rice. Everyone who eats your dish will thank you, even if they’re not sure what they’re thanking you for. 

Don’t forget to check out our easy fried rice waffles recipe. It’s so good!

Do you actually need to rinse rice, or is this a task that internet cooks have conditioned us to believe is necessary?
Do you actually need to rinse rice, or is this a task that internet cooks have conditioned us to believe is necessary?

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  1. Thank you for sharing! Even though we always rinse uncooked rice, these information are really an added knowledge and always reminder how to properly rinse rice.

  2. This is such a absolutely great article! I think sometimes I overdo rinsing our rice. Thanks for sharing this with us

  3. What a fabulous post and love this! I will make sure to always rinse my rice before cooking. I do sometimes but not every time but now I will 😉 Thank you for sharing!

  4. Thank you for sharing this seriously great and very informative post! I’ve always wondered about this!

  5. Thank you for explaining the importance of rinsing rice. I never rinse mine but was wondering if I should!

  6. We always rinse rice before cooking it. Not just rice, we should rinse fruits and veggies too before consuming them. Great post.

  7. Yes! It’s a must that we rinse rise before cooking them to remove impurities and dirt that might’ve found their way into the packaging.

  8. Rinsing rice has always been an issue in my family. My mom does it, my grandmother did it. Not me. I never liked doing it.

  9. I always forget about rinsing rice. I need to start doing this as well. I was going to start awhile ago, but forgot about it.

  10. My Mom taught me so well about the benefits of rinsing rice and I agree with all of these. Rinsing it does not take away all the nutrients, it only does when you overdo it.

  11. Thanks for this awesome article, it just gives added conviction to the norms of what we are doing already.

  12. I will be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever done this. I just follow whatever recipe is on the box. So maybe I do? I rarely know what I’m doing in the kitchen.

  13. I always rinse my rice. It always cooks so much better when I rinse it. Plus, there’s no telling what’s in there!

  14. I always rinse my rice before cooking. I don’t over rinse, just a few goes until the water is no longer cloudy.

  15. If you buy prewashed rice there is no real reason to thoroughly rinse it. I just give mine a quick rinse.