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How to Cook Fluffy White Rice on Stovetop

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You don’t need a rice cooker to make a perfectly fluffy white rice! Sharing my foolproof method to cook simple, yet deliciously fluffy white rice on stovetop and answering all your questions on how to cook rice on stovetop. #rice #whiterice #jasminerice #howtocookrice

How to Cook Fluffy White Rice on Stovetop

You don’t need a rice cooker to make a perfectly fluffy white rice! Sharing my foolproof method to cook simple, yet deliciously fluffy white rice on stovetop and answering all your questions on how to cook rice on stovetop. The most important tool you need is a nice pot with a fitted lid. And a little bit of patience.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups long grain rice (such as jasmine, basmati)
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional, but highly recommended
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Directions:

  1. In 2.5qt heavy-bottomed saucepan with a lid, combine rice, water, olive oil and salt.
  2. Cover and bring it to a slow boil over medium high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, covered.
  4. Remove from heat and let sit for another 10 minutes, covered. Don’t be tempted to open the lid, because steam is what finishes the cooking.

Recipe Notes:

Can I double the recipe? Yes, use a bigger pot, if you’re cooking more than 2 cups of rice.

Leftover rice is great for this vegetable fried rice, or this steak fried rice.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 cups, Serving Size: 3/4 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 235 Calories
  • Total Fat: 2.2g
  • Sodium: 297.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 48.1g
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Protein: 4.4g
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimate only. Read full disclosure here.
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You don’t need a rice cooker to make a perfectly fluffy white rice! Sharing my foolproof method to cook simple, yet deliciously fluffy white rice on stovetop and answering all your questions on how to cook rice on stovetop. #rice #whiterice #jasminerice #howtocookrice

Should I rinse rice before cooking?

It depends on what kind of rice you’re cooking. If you’re cooking regular long grain white rice, such as jasmine or basmati, you don’t need to rinse it. However, you need to rinse short grain rice, like Japanese sushi rice, thoroughly until the water runs clean. Because short grain rice is starchier and rinsing removes that excess starch and makes it nice and plump.

Soak or no soak?

You don’t need to soak long-grain rice. In fact, I find that soaked long-grain rice comes out mushy. So skip this if you’re cooking long grain rice. But if you’re working with short grain rice, you can soak for about 30 minutes. In that case, make sure to drain it for at least 5 minutes, so that you don’t end up using too much water.

You don't need a rice cooker to make a perfectly fluffy white rice! Sharing my foolproof method to cook simple, yet deliciously fluffy white rice on stovetop and answering all your questions on how to cook rice on stovetop. #whiterice #fluffywhiterice #howtocookrice #longgrainrice

Does what type of pot make a difference?

In my opinion, any pot with heavy bottom and a tight-fitting lid will do the job. Also choosing the right size for the amount of rice you’re cooking is very important. Because rice expands 3 times its original size, you need bigger pan to accommodate that. For 1 cup of rice use 1-1.5qt saucepan, for 2 cups of rice use 2-2.5qt saucepan, etc. Also, I love using non-stick saucepan for cooking rice. It never sticks to the bottom, and I can east every last grain! Then again, in some cultures, like in Korean cuisine, the hard bits of rice on the bottom is actually much appreciated.

How much water should I use to cook rice?

If you browse through internet, you’ll find different answers ranging from 1:1.5 to 1:2 rice to water ratios. To be honest, I rarely measure rice and water by cups. I basically eye-ball it. My mom taught me a little trick early on. Put the rice in a saucepan and add water until it covers the rice and comes about two fingers above the rice, so about an inch of water above the rice. It’s a little hard to explain, but hope it makes sense. You don’t need to dip your fingers or put a ruler in, just eyeball it. I’ve used many different pots through years and this method never fails. But if you want to stick to measuring cups, my go-to ratio is close to 1:2 rice to water. What I noticed is that when more cups of rice I cook, a little less water I need. What I mean is that 2 cups of water works great for 1 cup of rice. But for 2 cups of rice I need about 3.5 cups of water instead of full 4 cups, as 1:2 ratio dictates. Make sense?

How much rice to cook per person?

Rule of thumb is 1/4 cup of uncooked rice per person as a side dish, or 3/4 cup of cooked rice.

A little bit of salt and olive oil adds such a nice flavor to otherwise plain rice. #whiterice #fluffywhiterice #howtocookrice #longgrainrice

A little bit of salt and olive oil adds such a nice flavor to otherwise plain rice.

Get perfectly fluffy white rice every time. My proven method to cook long grain white rice on stovetop. You don’t need a rice cooker to make a perfectly fluffy white rice! #rice #whiterice #jasminerice #howtocookrice

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2 comments on “How to Cook Fluffy White Rice on Stovetop”

  1. Hi Shinee!!

    I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful stovetop rice recipe. I consider myself to be a pretty good cook but for some reason white rice has always been a challenge. Problem solved, thanks to this wonderful recipe with Kosher Salt and Olive Oil. These are two Items I ALWAYS have in my pantry.
    Who KNEW?

    Thank you!
    Thank you!
    Thank you!

    Tee
    New Jersey, USA

    Rating: 5
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