Basic White Rice

This is a nice basic recipe. Many other recipes are built upon this one. It is a good basic recipe to learn. Perfect for all levels of chef experience.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 77 kcal
Author Laurie


  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Rinse rice until water is clear. Bring water to a boil, add salt, cover pan and low simmer 20 minutes.
  2. After the rice is fully cooked if the rice is still too wet, fluff with a fork and then place a dish towel over the pot when it has finished cooking and cover with the lid. Allow to sit for a few minutes. The towel will absorb all extra liquid.
  3. Use a heavy bottomed pan to help prevent scorching. Also make sure that your heat is low.
  4. MICROWAVE: Place water or broth and rice in a microwave-safe container and cook full power 10 to 13 minutes.
  5. Varration: Add broth instead of water, add sautéed onion, garlic or other vegetables. Top with butter or soy sauce.
  6. Brown rice requires more water, and shorter-grain rice will need less.
  7. If you eat lots of rice it is worth investing in a rice cooker which will reliably cook rice .
  8. You can saute rice with a little chopped onion in oil, then cook for another great taste.


  1. Add a tablespoon of butter to the water when cooing rice to keep the grains separate. *Do not stir rice it mashes the grains and makes the rice gummy. *Fluff rice when finished with a fork to keep it light. *Simmer rice in a heavy pot so the rice at the bottom doesn't scorch, and make sure the pan is large enough rice triple in bulk when cooked.  

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Basic White Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.05g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.04g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Sodium 242mg 10%
Potassium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 0.03g
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 1%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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