Using a rice cooker is a simple and easy way to make rice well every time. In most instances, water and rice can be added to the rice cooker and turned on, then you can go about with making other things in the kitchen. An affordable and effective rice cooker model can be purchased for under $50.
On its own fish sauce is a strong and fragrant ingredient, but mixed into your rice it can embolden its flavor in a more delicate way. Next time you cook rice, mix in three or four dashes of fish sauce once the rice has finished cooking.
While rice does have a long shelf life, it is a good idea not let your rice sit in the cabinet for too long. According to the USDA Department of Agriculture, the the typical shelf life for un-refrigerated rice is about six months. The fresher your rice, the better it will taste when you've cooked it.
Avoid stirring rice while it is cooking. According to the USA Rice Federation, "Stirring releases the starch, resulting in rice that is sticky."
Unless your recipe calls for slightly burning or crisping rice, be sure to not overcook your rice by removing it from the pot or rice cooker immediately after it has finished cooking.
The Whole Grain Council lists at least 12 major varieties of rice, each with different flavor profiles and nutrients. Next time you're in the supermarket, try a different variety of rice. You may be surprised by how it tastes.
Check up regularly on your rice to avoid overcooking. According to Academia Barilla your rice is ready to eat when it is al dente, or firm but not hard.
Give your rice a different flavor by toasting the grains in a sauté pan before cooking them.
Make your rice more savory by swapping out boiling water with chicken or vegetable broth.
Use rice's versatility as an ingredient to your advantage. Bring out a unique flavor by trying a different seasoning next time you cook rice. Better yet, make your own.