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How to Cook White Rice

Follow this simple guide for how to cook white rice with step-by-step instructions of the best rice to water measurement and perfect timing for fluffy rice!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine International
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 169kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 1 cup white rice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cup water


  • Measure the rice into a cup and level the top.
  • Rinse the rice in a fine mesh sieve thoroughly in cold water until the water is clear.
  • Pour the rice into a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle with salt, then add the water and bring mixture to a simmer uncovered, about 5 minutes.
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir the rice in the pan to evenly distribute it, but don’t over stir.
  • Lower the heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 18 minutes without opening the lid. Then turn the heat off.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat. Allow the rice to rest covered for 5 minutes in order to absorb all the liquid and steam.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains, and serve.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 5 days in the fridge.


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg