How to Cook Rice on the Stove

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  • Learn how to cook white rice on the stove in under 30 minutes! You’ll have perfectly fluffy and tender rice every time!

    Rice is one of those staple ingredients and is a great addition to any meal. We love to serve it with General Tso’s chicken, Hawaiian haystacks, parmesan ranch chicken, slow cooker honey chicken and BBQ meatballs.

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    Cooking rice on the stove

    Cooking rice on the stove is one of those things that sounds intimidating, but I promise it’s not! After you try it once, it’ll becoming your go-to cooking method. The rice gets perfectly fluffy and tender and the flavor is great!

    We love to add a tablespoon of butter with the salt at the beginning…it makes the rice taste so much better! I’ll often make a big batch of white rice on Sunday’s or Monday’s and use it for different meals throughout the week. It’s perfect for meal prep!

    What you’ll need:

    • White long grain rice
    • Butter
    • Salt
    • Water
    • Saucepan with lid (I prefer a dutch oven)
    • Fork for fluffing rice
    • Wooden spoon

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    Should you rinse rice before cooking?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend that you rinse the rice before cooking. Simply place the rice in a mesh strainer and rinse the rice with cold water until it runs clear. This will remove the extra starch and prevent the rice becoming too sticky.

    What is the ratio of water to rice?

    The standard ratio of water to rice is 2:1 (2 cups water, 1 cup rice). Although I personally prefer to use 1 3/4 cups water for every 1 cup rice. I’ve found that this ratio absorbs better and makes the rice less mushy.

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    How to make rice

    Scroll down for the printable white rice recipe.

    1. Boil water and salt. Place water and salt in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
    2. Add in rice, then cover pot and simmer. Add the rice and butter to the boiling water and only stir once. Don’t over stir. Cover pot with a lid and turn heat to low. Simmer for 18-20 minutes. Do not remove the lid while it’s cooking.
    3. Remove lid, then fluff the rice. Remove the lid and let the water evaporate for a few minutes. Gently fluff the rice with a fork just before serving. Salt and pepper, to taste.

    How do you keep rice from sticking?

    No one wants super sticky rice that’s glued to the bottom of the pan! One of my main tips to prevent rice from sticking is to rinse the rice under cold water prior to cooking. This removes any extra starch, which is typically the culprit for rice that’s too sticky.

    Also, make sure to cover the saucepan with a lid when simmering (and don’t remove it!). You want to keep the steam that is trapped in there to help cook the rice cook properly. This steaming process ensures that the rice will loosen from the bottom of the pan. The lower heat also keeps the rice from burning.

    How do I fluff rice with a fork?

    Just before serving, you’ll want to fluff the rice with a fork. This simply means that you’ll mix the rice around for about a minute, breaking up lumps and allowing any excess moisture to evaporate. The key here is to be gentle when fluffing, so that the rice holds it’s shape and doesn’t get mushy.

    white rice with a wooden spoon

    What can you add to rice to spice it up?

    There are plenty of ways to season the white rice! Below are a few of my favorite flavored white rice recipes.

    • Salt and pepper: Keep it simple and add in butter, salt and pepper. Classic and delicious!
    • Mexican rice: Chicken bouillon cubes, oil, onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes and cumin.
    • Cilantro lime rice: Garlic, butter, chicken broth, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro and sugar.
    • Rice pilaf: Onion, garlic, butter, chicken broth, salt and pepper.

    Favorite ways to use rice:

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    How to Make White Rice

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: Chinese
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 168
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Learn how to cook white rice on the stove in under 30 minutes! You'll have perfectly fluffy and tender rice every time! 

    Ingredients

    • 1 3/4 cups water
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 Tablespoon butter
    • 1 cup white long grain rice , rinsed

    Salt and Pepper, to taste

      Instructions

      • Place the water and salt in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
      • Add the rice and butter to the boiling water and then stir once. Don't over stir. Cover the pot with a lid and turn the heat to low. Let simmer for 18-20 minutes. Do not remove the lid while it's cooking. 
      • Remove the lid and allow the water to evaporate for a few minutes. Just before serving, gently fluff the rice with a fork. Salt and pepper, to taste. 

      Nutrition

      Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 53mg | Calcium: 1.6% | Iron: 2.1%
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