Perfect White Rice


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.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice

  • 2 cups water

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  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
2g Fat
37g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 297mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 55mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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