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How to Cook Rice on the Stove (VIDEO)

Learn how to cook rice perfectly every time. This is our go-to method to make fluffy white rice and it doesn’t get any easier. To cook rice on the stove, all you need is a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.

Cooked white rice in a saucepan with spoon

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Watch White Rice Recipe Video:

Anyone can make this easy white rice! It is perfect for any recipe that calls for cooked white rice like our Fried Rice and is excellent served under saucy Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry. If you aren’t able to see the video below, make sure to turn off any blocking extensions in your browser.

How to Cook Rice:

  1. Add white long-grain rice, salt, and butter (if using) to a medium saucepan.
  2. Pour in water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat to a low simmer, cover, and cook with the lid on for 18 minutes.
  4. Check rice. If there’s any water on the bottom, cover and let it rest 5 minutes off the heat to absorb then serve.

How to cook rice step by step instructions

White Kind of Rice Should I Use?

This tutorial is written for long-grain white rice. Our go-to rice is Jasmine rice, but Basmati long-grain white rice will also work here. We prefer long-grain white rice because it stays fluffy and the grains remain separate after cooking.

Should I Rinse Rice or Soak Rice?

  • Rinsing rice is optional and we usually skip that step. Rinsing removes the extra starch on the outside of the rice, making it slightly less sticky. To rinse, place rice in a fine mesh colander and rinse 20 seconds or until the water runs clear underneath.
  • Soaking Jasmine rice or white rice is not recommended because it is naturally soft and can result in mushy rice.

Jasmine white long grain rice in a measuring cup with rice surrounding the base

How do you know when rice is cooked?

  • Set a Timer: For consistent perfectly cooked rice every time, our best advice is to set a timer while cooking. Fully cooked rice will be fluffy and tender all the way through.
  • Listen for Simmering Sounds: You should hear the rice simmer and hiss while the lid is on and when the sounds stop, the rice has absorbed the water and should be removed from heat.
  • Water is Absorbed: When you take off the lid, fluff with the fork and you should not see any pooling of water at the bottom. If you see any water, cover with the lid and let rest 5-10 minutes off the heat until water is fully absorbed.

Perfectly cooked white rice on a serving spoon

How to Freeze Cooked Rice:

Having portioned rice in the freezer is great for quick weeknight meals like Shrimp Fried Rice. Frozen cooked rice can be heated directly from frozen without needing to thaw. Here is the process we use to freeze rice.

  • Cook and Cool rice to room temperature.
  • Portion into freezer-safe zip lock bags, removing as much air as possible.
  • Freeze, laying flat, for up to 3 months in the freezer. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp of water over the rice and reheat portions covered in a microwave-safe container for 2-3 minutes.

To Cook 2 Cups of Rice:

1 cup of uncooked rice will yield 3 cups of cooked rice. If you need more, you can easily scale the recipe up or down, just keep in mind the rice to water 1:2 ratio (1 cup rice to 2 cups water). To double the recipe, use 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of water.

Can I Substitute the Water?

For more flavorful rice, you can substitute water with chicken broth or vegetable broth like we use in our Creamy Chicken and Rice recipe.

Cook’s Tip: My mother’s rice was always so buttery and wonderful growing up. You can amp up the flavor of rice by stirring in softened or melted butter to taste after the rice is cooked.

Frozen and reheated white rice in a serving bowl with fork garnished with chives

What to Serve with White Rice:

Rice is so versatile. You can put it into rice soup, serve it as a plain buttery side, and it’s also amazing served under stir fry. Some of our favorite recipes to serve over rice are:

How to Cook Rice on the Stove (VIDEO Tutorial)

5 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
How to cook white rice in saucepan with spoon

Learn how to cook rice perfectly every time. This is our go-to method to make fluffy white rice and it's so easy. To cook rice on the stove, all you need is a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $1-$2
Keyword: how to cook rice, how to cook white rice
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 194 kcal
Servings: 4 people (makes 3 cups cooked rice)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain white rice (we used Jasmine rice)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter optional, or added to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup rice, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 Tbsp butter (if using) to the pan.
  2. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil, uncovered, over medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat to a low simmer, cover with a tight fitting lid and cook for 18 minutes. You should hear faint simmer and hissing sounds while it's cooking.
  4. After 18 minutes, remove lid and check rice. If there is any excess liquid on the bottom, remove from heat, cover and let it rest 5-10 minutes to absorb then serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Rice on the Stove (VIDEO Tutorial)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 324mg14%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 89IU2%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Jasmine Hubah
    October 12, 2020

    Love you Natasha. I have tried so many of your recipes and enjoyed them all..quick easy and delicious…the lasagne,the shrimp Alfredo,the garlicky chicken and mushroom ..garlic herbed lamb chops…yummy for my tummy …looking forward to dine Christmas dinner menus….

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 12, 2020

      Wow! That’s just awesome Jasmine! Thank you for that great review!

      Reply

  • Jackie
    September 13, 2020

    I’ll make it like this every time from now on. Enjoyed the jasmine rice with vegetable stir fry from this site. So good!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2020

      So wonderful to hear that, Jackie. Thanks for your good feedback!

      Reply

  • Irina
    September 12, 2020

    Perfect white rice recipe!!! I’ll be honest, I was skeptical at first because I’ve tried other white rice recipes out there and I just couldn’t get it right. I’m so glad I tried this one. I followed the recipe to a T and it was sooo good. This recipe will definitely be my go-to for white rice from now on!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2020

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

      • Irina
        September 13, 2020

        Yes, thank you for recipe Natasha!

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          September 13, 2020

          You’re welcome!

          Reply

  • Sophia
    September 12, 2020

    Perfect recipe! Thank you, Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2020

      You’re welcome, Sophia! I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Maryam
    September 11, 2020

    NICE! Loved the tips

    Reply

    • Natasha
      September 11, 2020

      Thank you Maryam! I’m glad you enjoyed the white rice cooking tutorial.

      Reply

      • Maryam
        September 12, 2020

        YOU’RE WELCOME!

        Reply

  • Irin
    August 30, 2020

    Hi Natasha,

    Do you ever make brown rice? I would love to see a recipe for that.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 30, 2020

      Hi Irin, I normally don’t but thanks for your suggestion.

      Reply

  • Angelina
    August 10, 2020

    I usually make my jasmine rice with a different water/rice ratio because I rinse the rice and have also read that jasmine rice requires less water. I thought I would go ahead and try your recipe anyways, becuase the ratio is easier to remember

    Unfortunately it was slightly too mushy for my liking. I even used just a little less water since I rinsed the rice. Maybe it’s just my rice preference?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2020

      Hi Angelina, that is possible. We have not had the problem following our recipe, as you can see in the photos. I hope you find what works best for you preference Angelina!

      Reply

  • Haywood
    July 7, 2020

    Is this rice a better option for fried rice dishes versus the jasmine rice? my jasmine rice comes out clumpy or mushy. Also, if using this long grain rice is chilling the rice still best for stir fry dishes.

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    • Natasha
      July 9, 2020

      Hi, yes you definitely want to chill the rice before using in stir fry, otherwise, it will be mushy like you described.

      Reply

  • Erin
    June 17, 2020

    Great tips – nothing beats perfecly cooked rice!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 17, 2020

      Isn’t it the best! Thank you for that great review Erin!

      Reply

  • Lisalia
    June 17, 2020

    Turned out perfectly. Fluffly, light and not sticky and mushy. Easy to follow directions.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 17, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Lisalia!

      Reply

  • Lauren Kelly
    June 17, 2020

    Seriously this is now the only way I will make rice. It comes out perfectly every time!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 17, 2020

      Sounds like you found a new favorite! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Toni
    June 17, 2020

    This is such a great tutorial! So easy to follow! Thanks for the tips!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 17, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Tiffany
    June 16, 2020

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It came out perfect. I struggled learning how to make rice because my mom doesn’t use measurements. She was taught to cook just by eyeballing everything. That’s always been hard for me to do. I do better with measurements lol I tried it with her ingredients but using your measurements and time. It came out perfect. She even loved it. Thank you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 16, 2020

      I’m so glad you and your mom enjoyed this Tiffany! Thank you for that great review!

      Reply

  • Kathy
    June 6, 2020

    This rice comes out great. If I am making red curry, I add 1 Cup water and 1 cup Thai coconut milk. Yum

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2020

      That sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Daryl-Lynne Jarrett
    May 30, 2020

    Hi Natasha
    Love your cooking videos!
    I have always cooked my rice this way but lately I have been adding a can of coconut milk and adding enough water for the required amount of liquid. It is so good. I also grew up with my Mom putting butter on the rice and love it. Thanks for all your delicious recipes and your fun videos.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 30, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes and videos! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Cynthia Stanko
    April 13, 2020

    re Perfect rice….Exactly as Natasha says, but put it in a lidded dish in microwave for 20 Min. And let stand maybe 10 Min. Never burns or sticks.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 13, 2020

      Thank you for sharing those tips with us Cynthia!

      Reply

  • Ken
    April 10, 2020

    Hi please send me the recipes how to cooking chicken biryani in a rice cooker please thank

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2020

      Hello Ken, I don’t have a recipe for that yet but I’ll take that as a suggestion!

      Reply

  • Clara Ines Mora de Bonilla
    April 8, 2020

    Hola Natasha, tu arroz luce delicioso! Otro tip es ponerle un ajo picadillo y si quieres una cebolla de verdeo picadita, solo la parte blanca. Se sofrien en la mantequilla o aceite y luego el arroz y el agua y se cocina a fuego bajo.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 8, 2020

      Great idea! Thank you for sharing that with me, Clara!

      Reply

  • Natalie
    April 8, 2020

    You can’t mess this rice up! It’s perfect, fluffy, & great for so many recipes!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 8, 2020

      Super love it! Thanks for your short but sweet and awesome review!

      Reply

  • Laura Reese
    April 8, 2020

    Shared this my college son! Learning to make rice is a very important skill! Thanks for the easy recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      April 8, 2020

      I’m so glad this rice cooking tutorial was helpful! I agree – and I love how easy it is.

      Reply

  • April
    April 8, 2020

    Thanks for the tips!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 8, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad that was helpful!

      Reply

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