Need a list of rice recipes? If so, this list of Puerto Rican rice recipes is for you!
What kind of grains of rice are there?
Shopping for rice can be a bit tricky if you have no idea what the differences between short, medium, and long grain rice is.
Here are common grains of rice found at local markets:
- short grain rice - The shorter the grain, the stickier the rice will be. Short grain rice will yield sticky rice. Short grain rice will always stick to each other. Only use short grain rice for sticky rice recipes, such as sushi, rice pudding, or risotto.
- medium grain rice - Want rice that is chewy, yet not the stickiest? Medium grain rice is the in-between of short and long grain rice. More common in Latin recipes for recipes such as asopoa, arroz con gandules, or even rice pudding if you want to use what is on hand.
- long grain rice- My favorite kind of rice to use for cooking Puerto Rican rice recipes or any Latin rice recipe. Long grain rice is the least stickiest which yields light and fluffy grains that are not sticking to each other. Long grain rice is what is used to make pilaf recipes such as the common Spanish rice!
Here is a list of favorite rice brands in the Latino community!
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The best rice recipes begin with using the right grain of rice!
- Carolina (Extra Long Grain Rice) - Perfect for pilaf!
- Canilla (Long Grain Rice) -One of my favorites!
- Riceland (Long Grain Rice)
- Iberia (Long Rice) - Jasmine rice has a distinct aroma, but delivers great flavor, perfect to use for white coconut rice!
- Great Value's Parboiled (Long Grain Rice) - Parboiled means partially boiled. This is a great way to make rice in shorter time! Most people choose parboiled for arroz con gandules.
- Arroz Rico (Medium Grain Rice) -Very popular Puerto Rican rice!
- Goya (Medium Grain Rice) - Commonly found in Walmart's international aisle.
- Sello Rojo (Short Grain Rice) - Use for rice pudding!
- RiceSelect Arborio (Short Grain Rice) - #1 choice for Risotto recipes!
What grain of rice should I use?
Cooking rice is like pasta in the sense that there is a wide variety. For the recipes below, you can use mostly long grain rice, except for any risotto or rice pudding recipes.
How much rice should I buy?
I always say long grain rice is a must have in the house! Here's my shopping list with rice:
- 20 pounds of long grain
- 10 pounds of medium grain
- 1 pound of short grain (and I only buy it when I know I will be making risotto or rice pudding).
Rice is very inexpensive and great to buy in bulk to maximize the savings.
How much rice should I use?
2 cups of long grain rice typically serves a family of 4 with enough for seconds (this will vary per family serving sizes). For my family of 7, I usually make 2 ½ cups of white rice or 3 cups of Spanish rice or rice with other ingredients.
Do I have to rinse my rice?
Yes, yes, yes!!! You have to rinse your rice if you want light non-sticky rice!
Rinsing your rice washes away the starch. The starch coating rice is what makes rice sticky!
The only exception is when you want sticky rice dishes such as risotto, rice pudding, or sticky rice popular in Asian recipes.
How do I rinse rice?
To rinse rice, put desired amount of uncooked rice into a deep bowl and cover with water by like an inch. With clean hands, almost massage the rice (think of it like kneading dough). Swirl the rice around for a few seconds, then cover an end with your hand and tilt the bowl to allow the water to escape, or drain the rice over a large very fine mesh strainer.
Repeat this process about 3-4 times until the water -when swirled, is clear. (Or clearish!)
You can even give your rice a head start by allowing your rice to sit in a bowl of water for 5-10 minutes while prepping the rest of the dish, before rinsing your rice.