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How to cook white rice

How to Cook White Rice

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


Want to avoid mushy, crunchy, or overcooked rice? You’re in luck: here’s a no-fail method of how to cook white rice that works every time.


  • 1 cup long or short grain white rice
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Rinse the rice: Using a strainer, rinse the rice under cold water, then drain it completely.
  2. In a saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the rice, stir once, and continue to boil uncovered for 9 to 12 minutes, bubbling rapidly. Taste a grain of rice; if it is tender, remove the pan from the heat, then pour the rice into the strainer.
  3. Return the rice to the pot (without the heat). Cover the pot and allow the rice to steam for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff the rice with a fork. Stir in the kosher salt.
  4. Optional: Spice it up by stirring in 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons chopped thyme or oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Basics

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