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Good news—cheap rice is your friend. Unless you're fancying it up for risotto or paella, there's no real need to splurge. Microwave rice? Go ahead and grab it in a pinch. "I'd rather skimp on rice than the fish I'm serving it with," points out Tramonto. But there is one caveat: If you're making wild rice, shell out for a slightly higher-end version. "When it comes to wild rice, the longer the grains are, the better they'll cook up, and cheaper brands can turn mushy," Larsen warns.

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