August 2, 2019

How to Cook White Rice

A simple but reliable stove-top method of How to Cook White Rice to achieve perfectly tender and fluffy texture every time.

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When your cooked rice turns out fluffy and each grain is distinct, you know you did it right. However, so many times it turns out mushy, under-cooked or overcooked for others.

My favorite rice to use for cooking is basmati. The other alternative would be jasmine. Both types are easy to work with and deliver excellent results in all dishes.

Rice is easy to find, it’s inexpensive and works great with combination of our favorite meat dishes such as Pork Meatballs and Chicken Drumsticks. Choose any fresh salad on a side and you’ve got a complete meal.

A simple but reliable stove-top method of How to Cook White Rice to achieve perfectly tender and fluffy texture every time. | olgainthekitchen.com

In the past, I have always used a rice cooker to cook the rice, pilaf and other rice dishes. I had a slightly older version of this Aroma Rice Cooker (click for link).Then one day it started burning my dishes at the bottom and I realized it was time to let it go. Of course it takes lots of space to store the rice maker as well. Since then, I had been making my rice according to this method below.

My favorite method is the pilaf method – toasting rice in butter before adding to water. It’s easy and simple and you need only 4 most common ingredients that you already have on hand.

Secrets to Perfect White Rice on Stove:

  • ALWAYS rinse uncooked rice under cool water, no matter what type of rice or method you’re using. It washes away loose, powdery starch that can stick to the grains while cooking.
  • Add salt and butter to avoid bland rice.
  • Keep the lid on while steaming the rice. No peeking!
  • Let the rice stand for 10 minutes off heat once cooked, with lid covered.
  • Gently fluff up with fork before serving.

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Ingredients for White Rice:

  • Basmati rice
  • Cold water
  • Unsalted butter
  • Fine salt

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How to Make White Rice:

  1. Rinse the rice in water. Place the rice into a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cool running water until water runs clear. This will remove the dusty starch that can lead to gummy grains.
  2. Boil the water in small saucepan. In a small saucepan (covered with lid), bring cold water to a boil over high heat.
  3. Toast rice, butter and salt. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt unsalted butter. Add the rinsed rice and salt and stir for about 4-5 minutes, until rice is coated with butter and smells toasted.
  4. Add rice, butter and salt. Simmer covered. Stir in the toasted rice into boiled water and cover saucepan with lid. Bring back to a gentle simmer and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the water is absorbed, 13-15 minutes.(You should hear hissing while it’s cooking and it will get quiet once done). Stainless steel saucepans will cook rice faster (take a quick peek at 12 mins).
  5. Rest the rice off-heat, then fluff. Remove from heat and let the rice rest covered for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

A simple but reliable stove-top method of How to Cook White Rice to achieve perfectly tender and fluffy texture every time. | olgainthekitchen.com

A simple but reliable stove-top method of How to Cook White Rice to achieve perfectly tender and fluffy texture every time. | olgainthekitchen.com

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A simple but reliable stove-top method of How to Cook White Rice to achieve perfectly tender and fluffy texture every time. | olgainthekitchen.com

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How to Cook White Rice

5 from 7 votes
Servings: 3 cups cooked rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A simple but reliable stove-top method of How to Cook White Rice to achieve perfectly tender and fluffy texture every time.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

Instructions

  1. Place 1 cup uncooked basmati rice into a fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cool running water until water runs clear. This will remove the dusty starch that can lead to gummy grains.

  2. In a small saucepan (covered with lid), bring 1 1/2 cups cold water to a boil over high heat.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt 2 tbsp unsalted butter. Add the rinsed rice and 1/2 tsp salt and stir for about 4-5 minutes, until rice is coated with butter and smells toasted.

  4. Stir in the toasted rice into boiled water and cover saucepan with lid. Bring back to a gentle simmer and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the water is absorbed, 13-15 minutes. (You should hear hissing while it's cooking and it will get quiet once done). Stainless steel saucepans will cook rice faster (check at 12 mins).

  5. Remove from heat, and let the rice rest covered for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. This serving will make about 3 cups of cooked rice.

Recipe Notes

  • ALWAYS rinse uncooked rice under cool water, no matter what type of rice or method you’re using. It washes away loose, powdery starch that can stick to the grains while cooking.
  • You can add more salt and butter to taste if desired.
  • Cooked rice is good in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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