You don’t need a rice cooker to make perfectly fluffy white rice! Here’s 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.
White Rice Stovetop Ingredients
- Rice – This cooking method works for any long grain rice, such as jasmine, basmati, etc.
- Water – The water to rice ratio is important for cooking perfectly fluffy rice.
- Olive oil – Adds a great flavor and texture to the rice. It’s optional, but highly recommended.
- Salt – A must for cooking a flavorful rice. If using table salt, half the amount specified in the recipe.
How to make Perfect Stovetop Rice
How to Fluff Rice
Gently fluff the rice with a wooden spatula, or a fork.
Best pot for White Rice on stove
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 do you put in 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?
Stovetop Rice Tips & Tricks
- Choose the right pot! Use heavy-bottomed saucepan for even heat distribution with a tight-fitted lid. It’s important to cook the rice covered!!
- Rice expands during cooking. Choose a bigger pot for the amount of rice to accommodate the expansion. For 1 cup of rice use 1-1.5qt saucepan, for 2 cups of rice use 2-2.5qt saucepan.
- My go-to ratio is close to 1:2 rice to water, but I don’t usually measure the water. The water should be 2-fingers width above the rice.
White Rice Stovetop Serving Suggestions
White rice is quite versatile and pairs perfectly with pretty much anything. Here’re my favorite dishes to serve with white rice:
You can also use the leftovers to make amazing fried rice:
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.
Stovetop Rice Storage
Store leftover rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Stovetop Rice Recipe FAQ
It takes 25-30 minutes to cook white rice on stovetop.
There is no way to fix mushy rice. Wrap it in a seaweed for a tasty snack!
The basic ratio is close to 1:2 rice to water. However, the more cups of rice you cook, a little less water you’ll need. For example, 2 cups of water works great for 1 cup of rice. But for 2 cups of rice, you’ll need about 3.5 cups of water instead of full 4 cups, as 1:2 ratio dictates.
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.
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.
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Stovetop Rice Recipe
- 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
- In 2.5qt heavy-bottomed saucepan with a lid, combine rice, water, olive oil and salt.
- Cover and bring it to a slow boil over medium high heat.
- Reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, covered.
- 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.
- If you tried this recipe, I’d love to read your feedback. Please leave your comment and rating below, or share on Instagram with #busycooks and tag us @busy_cooks. Thank you!!
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Just tried, it came out great! I ALWAYS have excess water when I make rice, not this time it was perfect!
Yay, so happy you tried this method! Thank you for your feedback, J!
Turned out absolutely perfect! This is my new go-to rice recipe.
So happy you loved the recipe, Lori! Thank you for your feedback!
Desirae Ballard says
This works better than any other recipe I have tried!!!
So happy to read this, Desirae! Glad you tried this method. Thank you for your feedback!
This rice came out Amazing!!!
Hi, Charisse! So happy you tried and loved this recipe. Thank you for your feedback!
Barbara Parker says
Rice is a staple in our household so it’s imperative to cook it well for an 8 yr old who eats it 3 times a day. Have tried many a times but it’s either sticky rice(when I’m not trying to make sticky rice) or not totally cooked.
Tried this and got high praises from our 8yr old. What more can a grandma want 😍 .
Yay, so happy you tried my recipe and loved it. Thank you for your feedback, Barbara!
This is absolutely perfect. I have traditionally used an instant pot but just never seem to come out fluffy. This recipe is flawless. My wife now has me make the rice! ( I fell for that one lol ).
I really appreciate the instructions on how mush water to add ” the eyeball method ” This works perfect.
SO happy you loved the recipe, Donn. Thank you for your feedback!!!
Turned out fluffy and sticky! I will definitely be keeping this as my go-to! Thank you for sharing…nothing worse than rice that isn’t sticky or fluffy! 100!!!!!! 🙂
So glad you tried and loved the recipe. Thanks for your feedback, CeeCee!
Marianne soria says
Thank you this is the best , tried . My Family loved it & grandkids are hard to please when it comes to rice
Yay, so happy you and your family loved it!!! Thank you so much for your feedback, Marianne!
What if I don’t have Kosher salt on hand, just plain table salt? I’m visiting friends at their lake house & was going to try recipe.
Hi, Sandy. Use 1/2 teaspoon of table salt.
Melissa Crenshaw says
Love this recipe comes out perfect every time. One question, do you adjust times if you half this recipe?
Hi, Melissa. So glad you like this recipe! It might take less time to come to a boil, but after that keep the timing the same.
This is my favorite rice recipe EVER! I use this recipe every time i make rice! i was in france for a mission trip almost two weeks ago and i made dinner for everyone and i used this rice recipe and they said the rice was the best part!! thank you for this awesome recipe(:
Oh my, so happy you loved this recipe, Maddie!! And how cool is that you got to cook for others on a trip!! Thanks so much for sharing!
This is my go to recipe EVERY single time! I’ve made it many times! You’d think I’d have it memorized by now! Perfect and fluffy every time!
Hi, Kim! I’m so happy to hear that this has become your go-to!! Thank you for your feedback.
Came out perfectly!!
Yay, so happy you loved the recipe. Thank you for your feedback, Derrith!
Absolutely LOVE this quick & easy rice recipe for this busy household. I can even get my 14 or 16 year old to make the rice for me comfortably & with no complaints.
Yay, so happy you to read your feedback!!! Thank you so much for sharing, Nikki!
Kim Ciesielski says
I come back to this recipe EVERY SINGLE time I cook rice. By far the best, most fool-proof recipe ever!
Yay, I’m so happy to hear that, Kim!!! Thank you for your feedback!
Super easy and very fluffy! Oil did make difference.
Awesome. Thank you, Ana, for your feedback!
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.
New Jersey, USA
Tee, so glad you liked this recipe. Thank you for your feedback!