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How to cook rice

How to Cook Rice

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups (6 1/2 cup servings) 1x


Here’s how to cook rice on the stove perfectly! Memorize this rice to water ratio so it comes out fluffy every time.


  • 1 cup white rice (any grain size)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil


  1. Rinse: Rinse the rice in cold water in a strainer for 15 to 20 seconds, then shake it dry. (Here’s why to rinse rice.)
  2. Simmer covered: Place the rice in a pot with the water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot and simmer for 13 to 15 minutes, until the water is completely absorbed (test by pulling back the rice with a fork). Remove from the heat.
  3. Rest, then season: Cover and rest for 10 minutes (this allows the rice to steam and firm up in texture). Stir in the salt, and the butter or olive oil if using. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Rice
  • Diet: Vegan

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