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How to Cook White Rice

White rice is a base to many dishes and in a few simple steps, you can make this perfect rice for your meals!

a blue bowl filled with cooked white rice.
What are the health benefits of white rice?

White rice is nutritious. It’s an excellent source of manganese and provides iron and B vitamins.

What is the ratio of white rice to water?

1 cup of rice to 1 1/2 cups of water. Plus 1 tablespoon of oil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.


When you’re planning a meal and rice is on the menu, there’s not a lot of work that you have to put in to cook it. After all, it’s the perfect base or side dish to any meal. This recipe is for long-grain rice or white rice, and how you can make the perfect white rice.

If making rice makes you nervous, you’re not alone. There’s a whirlwind of questions surrounding cooking rice, especially if it’s your first time.

What is the ratio of white rice to water? What if it turns out mushy? Am I adding too much water?

These questions are easily answered all here in this recipe. You can achieve the perfectly fluffy white rice that you’re looking for in your recipes, your stir fries, side dishes, or even burrito base. Rice cooks easily on the stove and can be a side to any of your favorite recipes. It’s fluffy texture makes for a great base that soaks up sauces amazingly.

How do you cook rice?

Cooking rice on the stove is my go-to method. While a rice cooker may take off the pressure of cooking rice on the stove, these appliances aren’t always available. If you only cook rice occasionally, why not just make it on the stove? With this recipe, you can get perfect results every time and have a go-to rice recipe for any Asian dishes.

What can I serve with rice?

There is so much you can do with rice. Rice is a good base for a Chicken and Bell Peppers Rice Bowl with Spices. You can mix it up and make a fruity dish with Pineapple Fried Rice Under 30 Minutes. A rice main dish would be this Best One Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe (Chicken Pilaf or Plov). It’s a traditional Eastern European dish that is absolutely delicious. Also, rice can go in soup! That’s right, this Kharcho Soup is amazing and uses rice, cooking it the easy way! There are so many different ways to enjoy rice. You can’t hold yourself back! This plain white rice is just the beginning. You’re putting your foot in the door of cooking greatness starting with fluffy rice!

two bowls of rice one bowl is brown rice and the other bowl is white rice with a fork on the side.

Here’s what you’ll need to make rice:

Rice of course! You only need one cup of rice for this recipe. You can use regular white rice to start with so you don’t have to worry about any other rice varieties.

Water to cook the rice in. For each cup of white rice, you can use 1.5 cups of water.

Olive oil or butter so that the rice grains don’t stick to the pan or to each other.

Salt for flavor.

ingredients for rice in gold measuring spoons rice water oil and salt.

Enjoy white rice in these two amazing recipes:

A delicious bowl of Simply Baked Teriyaki Chicken Breast with Rice and Steamed Veggies.

A side dish of Easy and Light Chicken Meatball Soup with Rice.

three bowls one filled with cooked white rice one filled with cooked brown rice and one filled with uncooked white rice plus a towel on the side.

White Rice

White rice is a base to many dishes and in a few simple steps, you can make this perfect rice for your meals!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings2
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • cup water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or butter
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice in a strainer beneath running water.
    1 cup rice
    a sieve with white rice in it.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a saucepan.
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    a saucepan with olive oil in it.
  • Add rinsed rice and stir to coat it evenly with the oil.
    a saucepan filled with rice and a wooden spoon.
  • Add water and salt and bring to a boil.
    1½ cup water, ¼ tsp salt
  • Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Reduce heat to maintain a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
    a pot with a lid filled with cooking rice.
  • With the lid on, remove from heat and let steam for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and enjoy.
    a pot filled with rice and with a fork.

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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