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Bowl of White Rice With a Lime Wedge

How to Make White Rice

$0.28 recipe | $0.05 cup
This is your fool-proof guide to cooking white rice using every method. Whether you're cooking it on the stovetop, in an Instant Pot, or a rice cooker, follow these step-by-step instructions!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course How-to, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan, Worldwide
Servings 6 cups
Calories 225 kcal

Equipment

  • Large pot
  • Rice cooker
  • Pressure cooker
  • Strainer

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups long-grain white rice ($0.27)
  • 2-4 cups water, depending on method ($0.01)

Add-ins optional

  • 1 tbsp neutral vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
 

Stovetop

  • Rinse the rice thoroughly until the water appears clear (about 3-4 times) in the pot to remove dust and extra starch (this helps prevent the rice from sticking). Transfer rice to a strainer to get rid of the excess rinsing water. Set aside.
  • Add 4 cups of water to a large pot. Cover with the lid and bring to a boil. Once boiling, mix in the rice and oil. Bring to a simmer, then stir and cover the pot. Turn the heat down to low-medium to keep the rice simmering.
  • Continue cooking with the lid on for 18-25 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Check the rice at the 18-20 minute mark. If there is still excess water, cover the pot and continue cooking for up to 25 minutes. If it looks done, turn the heat off, cover the pot, and let it sit for an extra 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and fluff up with a fork. Season with salt if desired, then serve with all your favorite dishes like dal, beans, etc.

Stovetop pressure cooker

  • Rinse the rice thoroughly until the water appears clear (about 3-4 times) in a large bowl to remove dust and extra starch (this helps prevent the rice from sticking). Transfer rice to a strainer to get rid of the excess rinsing water.
  • Add 2 cups water, 2 cups rice (1:1 ratio), and oil to your pot. Stir and put the lid on, double-checking it's in the locked position and the safety valve is down. Turn your stove to high until you hear a "hissing" noise coming from the pressure release valve and the safety valve is up (this means it's pressurized).
  • Then, turn the heat down to low and start your timer for 7 minutes. Once the time is up, turn your stove off and allow the pressure cooker to naturally release, about 10 minutes.
  • Note: the water to rice ratio will vary slightly depending on your pressure cooker brand. The 1:1 ratio will give you al dente rice. However, some people prefer a 1:1 ¼ ratio for slightly softer rice. It all comes down to personal preference.
  • Remove the lid and fluff up with a fork. Season with salt if desired, then serve with all your favorite dishes like tofu, veggies, etc.

Electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot)

  • Rinse the rice thoroughly until the water appears clear (about 3-4 times) in the cooking container to remove dust and extra starch (this helps prevent the rice from sticking). Transfer rice to a strainer to get rid of the excess rinsing water.
  • Add 2 cups water, 2 cups rice (1:1 ratio), and oil to your pot. Stir and put the lid on, making sure the pressure valve is closed. Set your electric pressure cooker for 8 minutes on low power. Once the timer goes off, allow it to naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick release.
  • Note: the water to rice ratio will vary slightly depending on your electric pressure cooker brand. The 1:1 ratio will give you al dente rice. However, some people prefer a 1:1 ¼ ratio for slightly softer rice. It all comes down to personal preference.
  • Remove the lid and fluff up with a fork. Season with salt if desired, then serve with all your favorite dishes like beans, curries, stews, etc.

Rice cooker

  • Rinse the rice thoroughly until the water appears clear (about 3-4 times) in the cooking container to remove dust and extra starch (this helps prevent the rice from sticking). Transfer rice to a strainer to get rid of the excess rinsing water.
  • Add 2 cups of water, 2 cups of rice (1:1 ratio), and oil to the inner cooking container. Give it a stir then put the lid on. Turn your rice cooker on and allow it to cook, which usually takes about 20-35 minutes depending on your make and model.
  • Note: the water to rice ratio will also vary slightly depending on your rice cooker brand. But, the 1:1 ratio is a good starting place or general rule if you forget.
  • Once the rice cooker has automatically stopped cooking, leave it on warming mode for another 5-10 minutes to absorb any excess liquid.
  • Remove the lid and fluff up with the plastic rice paddle that typically comes with your rice cooker (to prevent scratching). Season with salt if desired, then serve with all your favorite dishes like black beans, curries, poke bowls, etc.

Notes

  • Oils like avocado, olive, or coconut (for some flavor) all work great.
  • Make sure to really scrub the rice around with your hand during rinsing. This will help remove more starch and prevent sticking.
  • For the electric pressure cooker, you can also set it for 3 minutes on high power, but we've had better results on low in our personal experience.
  • We calculate nutritional information for our recipes with Cronometer.
  • Recipe cost calculations are based on ingredients local to us and may vary from recipe-to-recipe.
  • All prices are in USD.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Make White Rice
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
225
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.4
g
1
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.1
g
1
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
7
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
70.9
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
49.3
g
16
%
Fiber
 
0.8
g
3
%
Sugar
 
0.1
g
0
%
Protein
 
4.4
g
9
%
Calcium
 
19.6
mg
2
%
Iron
 
0.5
mg
3
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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