Skip to main content New<> this month
Get the Allrecipes magazine

Perfect White Rice

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"It is possible to make perfectly fluffy white rice on the stovetop. Sauteing the rice first helps keep the rice grains separate. Keeping the pot covered for the entire cooking time traps the steam which is necessary for properly cooking the rice, and is very important. The last 5 minutes off the heat allow the rice to finish in the residual steam, without burning the bottom."
Added to shopping list. Go to shopping list.


30 m servings 186
Original recipe yields 4 servings


{{model.addEditText}} Print
  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and stir to coat. Cook until rice grains begin to turn opaque, 1 to 2 minutes; do not brown. Add water and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Do not lift the lid.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • For a more flavorful side dish, I like to use broth or stock in place of water, and any herbs or seasonings that complement the entree. If you wish to double this, use just 3 3/4 cups water.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 186 calories; 2.2 37 3.3 5 297 Full nutrition

Explore more


Read all reviews 1
Most helpful
Most positive
Least positive

Loved this simple recipe! The rice came out fluffy and perfectly cooked. This will be my go-to recipe for white rice. Thanks for sharing!