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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.

Recipe Summary

5 mins
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4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Do not lift the lid.

  • 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

186 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 37g; fat 2.2g; cholesterol 5.1mg; sodium 296.8mg. Full Nutrition