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Rice Starch Water (Rice Water)
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How to make rice water (rice starch water)

Rice water (or rice starch water) is the water that you used to rinse the rice. Due to its starch component, it is often used as a natural thickener in stews or other dishes. It also helps get rid of the fish odor.
Active Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cooking Basic
Cuisine: Korean
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Korean soup, korean stew, rice starch water, rice water
Yield: 4 cups
Author: Holly Ford


  • 1 1/2 cup rice
  • water


  • Pour some water over uncooked rice in a bowl. Run your fingers through the rice a couple times to rinse the rice, then drain the water. Discard this first rinsed water.
  • Swirl the rice around for 15 seconds with your fingers to loosen the starch coating on the rice grains.
  • Add the amount of water the recipe needs and rinse the rice (I used about 4 cups). You will see the water turn milky.
  • Pour the second rinsed water into another bowl and reserve it for your cooking needs.
  • Continue to rinse your rice a couple more times before cooking it by your usual rice cooking method.