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White rice with a fork in a bowl

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!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad


  • 1 cup white rice
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 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 pan over a low heat.
  • Add double the amount of cold water, sprinkle with the salt and then bring it to a boil uncovered.
  • Using a wooden spoon stir the rice in the pan to evenly distribute it, but don’t over stir.
  • Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat, for 18 minutes, then turn the heat off.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Allow the rice to rest in the pot for about 5 minutes, without opening the lid, 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.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen


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