Backlit view of white rice cooked in a saucepan with a spatula scooping some rice
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How to Cook White Rice

A simple, step-by-step tutorial (plus video!) of how to cook perfect white rice every time, plus some delicious ideas for how to use it.

Author: Minimalist Baker
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 8 (1/4-cup servings)
Category: Side
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5-6 Days


  • 1 cup white rice (such as basmati or jasmine)
  • 2 cups water


  1. Add rice and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, lower heat to a simmer and cover. Ensure it's simmering and not boiling or the rice can cook too quickly.

  2. Simmer until water is completely absorbed and rice is tender – about 15-25 minutes (will depend on size and freshness of rice). Drain off any excess water if there is any (there shouldn't be).

  3. I like to turn off the heat, remove the lid, fluff with a fork, put the lid back on, and let rest for 10 minutes so the moisture redistributes to prevent mushy rice. This rice is delicious in things like stir fries, sushi, with stews, and more!

  4. Store cooled leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 5-6 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with a little oil or water until warm.


*Recipe as written yields about 2 cups cooked rice.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 8)