Cooking can feel a lot like an art—until you have to measure everything out precisely. One of those things is rice. Pour too little or too much, and you can end up with barely enough to feed yourself or enough to feed the whole neighborhood. That’s why it’s important to know how much rice per person to make, as well as what’s considered a single serving of rice.
You’re in the right place to get those answers. If you’re tired of over- or under-pouring your rice, keep reading.
How Much Is a Single Serving of Rice?
The ideal portion of rice depends largely on who’s eating the rice and what you’re eating alongside it. Furthermore, rice multiplies in size while it’s cooking, meaning that a ½ cup of uncooked rice might not look like a lot, but it’ll be enough once it’s boiled.
In other terms, if you pour 1 cup of uncooked rice in a rice cooker, you get 2 cups of cooked rice.
1 cup of cooked rice is considered a single serving of rice for an average sized adult. If you pair that 1 cup of rice with a serving of protein and vegetables, that is considered a well-rounded meal.
However, not all rice is created equal. Generally, a 1 cup (80 g) serving applies only to white rice, since it is more processed than wild rice or brown rice. In that case, you can serve 1.5 cups of rice as part of a main dish. Using rice as a side dish? Then half a cup of cooked rice is more than enough.
How Much Rice Per Person Per Day?
If you’re trying to eat healthier, then you might be trying to either eliminate rice from your diet or choose more healthier rice options. In order to cut back on carbohydrates, you should try to limit yourself to 2-3 servings of rice per week.
If you plan on cutting out other sources of carbohydrates, such as pasta or bread, and use only brown rice, then you can have 2.5-3 cups of rice per day (the equivalent of 5-6 oz).
That said, you shouldn’t overlook the importance of whole grains in a balanced diet. If you want to try different forms of rice or cut out white rice, there are plenty of varieties for you to try, including brown rice, brown basmati, arborio, and wild rice. All these generally have the same serving size of 1 cup.
How Much Rice For a Party?
Now that you know how much rice per person to make, you probably want to know how to multiply that. For a party. For example, answers to questions like how many kg of rice is require for 20 persons (it’s 5 kg) and more are below:
How Many Cups of Rice Do I Need for 10 People?
If you are going to have a group of 10-14 people, then you will need to make about 12-13 cups of rice. Should everyone take a 1 cup serving of rice, that should be more than enough. If you are erring on the side of caution, you can make anywhere from 12-15 cups of rice. You’ll have leftovers, too. Not that anyone has ever complained about leftover rice!
How Much Rice Do I Need For 4 Adults?
Throwing a party for 4 adults? Then you’re going to want to need about 1.5 cups of uncooked rice to feed everyone. Know that some people are going to go back for seconds? Then 2.5 cups of uncooked rice should be enough. Generally, 2 cups of uncooked rice will make enough to feed 4-6 people.
How Much Rice Do I Need For 8 People?
You might think that you can just double the amount of cups that you use for 4-6 guests, which is 1.5-2.5 cups of rice. However, 8 people can be happily fed on 3.5 cups of rice. Again, you can always make a little more, around 4 cups, to ensure that everyone gets the portion size they want (or extras).
How Many Cups of Rice Do I Need for 80 People?
The first thing you need to ask yourself is how hungry are these 80 individuals. If you’re counting on every single person in the room to have an average appetite and metabolism, then you can use 1 cup of uncooked rice per person. This will make a little more than necessary, giving you a chance to feed those who are hungrier than the others as well.
However, if you’re feeding a literal army or a group of high school athletes, it’s better to bump that number up to 2 cups of uncooked rice per person, making it 160 cups of uncooked rice in total. Let’s hope you have a pot that big!
How Much Rice Per Person For Parties of 20, 50, and 100 People?
Rather than going out and buying the small packets of rice, you’re going to need multiple bags. It will be cheaper, in the long run, to buy in bulk, especially when you’re feeding 100 people. This could be because you have a small café, are running a charity meal, or are endeavoring to host a family reunion. Whatever the reason, you’re going to need enough rice.
Let’s assume the rice is the main course. Here’s how you calculate out how many bags of rice you’re going to need:
- 10 people: 5.5 lbs(2.5 kg) of rice is needed, so purchase a 5lb bag of rice and a small pack, if necessary
- 20 people: 11 lbs (5.0 kg) of rice is needed; purchase two 5lb bags of uncooked rice
- 50 people: 27 lbs (12.5 kg) is needed, so you’ll need six 5 lb bags of rice
- 100 people: you need to make 55 lbs (25 kg) of rice to feed everyone, the equivalent of eleven 5 lb bags
Now You’ll Always Have Enough Rice
Knowing how much rice per person to make is a vital life skill. You never know how much you need the information until your pot of rice explodes. Keep the standard serving size of rice—1/2 cup of uncooked rice—in the back of your mind. Do that, and you will always know just how much rice is going to be enough.
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