Cooking Rice at High Altitudes?

Rice in a cast iron pan.
Cooking at high altitudes can be tricky. Because the air is dryer and the pressure lower, water boils at a lower temperature and moisture evaporates into the air more quickly. This makes cooking even basic items such as rice a challenge. This is a page about cooking rice at high altitudes.

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September 14, 2009

I am needing help in cooking brown rice in high altitude; 6800 feet. I follow the instructions, and the rice never gets tender. I've also tried it, adding a little extra water and cooking for 20 minutes more, and it still won't get tender. Please help?

By Kim from Crawford, CO


September 14, 20090 found this helpful
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What I did in cooking brown rice is to soak the brown rice overnight then cook tomorrow the same way you cook the white rice. My sister is the one who told me to soak first the brown rice so, I tried it and it help.

September 14, 20090 found this helpful
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I use a presser cooker and I get great rice. I live in Leadvill, elevation 10,200ft. Also you can try a rice steamer. Good luck.

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August 3, 2020

What do I need to do to make Mexican rice at a higher elevation? Normally the ratio is 1 cup rice, 2 cups of liquid for 20 minutes, what do I need to do different?


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August 3, 20200 found this helpful
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This will all depend on your elevation. If you are between 3000-5000 you will follow the normal ration of rice to water but you will add an extra 2 tablespoon to 1/4 cup of water to the rice when it is cooking. For higher elevations, you'll need to increase the water and also the cooking time for the rice.


Up to 5000 feet, it is a stand cooking time. The higher you go it takes longer to cook the rice. The standard time is 15-20 minutes. Higher elevation take longer and can be 25+ minutes to cook your rice. That is why there is an increase in water.

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