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bowl of cooked basmati rice

How to Perfectly Cook Fluffy White Rice

  • Author: amycaseycook
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Learn how to cook no-fail perfectly fluffy long grained white rice on the stove top in a few easy steps.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup long grain rice (white, basmati, or jasmine)
  • 2 cups hot water


  1. Heat a 1-quart heavy sided pot over medium low heat. Add the oil and the rice. Stir the rice so it is coated with the oil. Let the rice cook for about 2 minutes. You should detect a slight nutty smell.
  2. Pour in the 2 cups of hot water. Turn the heat to medium high. Bring the rice and water to a full boil.
  3. Turn the heat to low and cover the pot with a tight fitting lid.
  4. Cook the rice for 15 minutes – no peeking!
  5. After the cooking time, turn off the heat and let the rice rest for 5 minutes. Do not remove the lid.
  6. After the resting time, uncover the pot, fluff the rice with a fork and serve.


  • Start with a heavy sided 1 quart pot with a tight fitting lid. The heavy pot will evenly conduct the heat. Therefore, the rice will cook evenly.
  • Lightly toast the rice in a small amount of oil. This will add extra flavor to the rice. Also the oil will keep the rice from sticking together.
  • Add hot water to the rice after it has toasted.
  • Bring the water and rice to a full boil before lowering the heat to cook the rice.
  • Don’t peek at the rice while it is cooking. By lifting the lid to check on the rice, steam will escape. The temperature inside the pot will be lowered and will alter the cooking time.
  • After the rice is done cooking, let it sit covered and off the heat for 5 minutes. This is my second most important key to the perfect rice recipe. The resting time allows any moisture to evenly redistribute throughout the rice.
  • Fluff the cooked and rested rice with a fork to separate the grains and allow them to dry out a little bit.
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
  • Calories: 179
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 2 mg
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: ~
  • Trans Fat: ~
  • Carbohydrates: 37 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 3.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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