How to Cook Rice on the Stove
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.
- 1 cup long grain white rice, (we used Jasmine rice)
- 2 cups water, preferably filtered
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, optional, or added to taste
Rinse your rice if desired and drain well. In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup rice, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 Tbsp butter (if using) to the pan.
Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil, uncovered, over medium heat.
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.
After 18 minutes*, remove the pan from the heat and let it rest for 5-10 minutes with the lid on then fluff with a fork and serve hot.
*I like to open the lid and check the rice after 18 minutes. If there is a little excess liquid, the rice should re-absorb it as it rests. If it seems too dry, add a drizzle of boiling hot water and stir in a pat of butter then cover and let it rest for perfectly moist rice.