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How to cook the perfect fluffy white rice on the stove

How do I make fluffy rice? What’s the ratio of water to rice? Are these questions you often ask yourself while attempting to cook rice? Well, In this recipe I have the answer to these questions and much more.

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Rice (Arroz) is one of the most commonly used side dishes in Latin America, especially the Dominican Republic. It is found dishes like Arroz con Habichuela (rice and beans), Arroz con Maiz (rice with corn) or Arroz con Pollo al Horno (White rice with a roasted chicken) and even a delicious dessert Rice Pudding (Arroz con Leche).

One of the things that come so easily to me is making white rice.

I remember the first time I cooked white rice. I was with my grandmother and as always she never missed the opportunity to give me a few cooking lessons. She told me that the secret to a bowl of fluffy rice is to balance the amount of water with the rice ratio. I always followed her advice and my rice is always ….. She suggested adding one cup of water for 1 cup of rice if you are using short or medium grains. If you are using white long grain rice use a 1 ½ cup of water for 1 cup of rice. Another important trick my grandmother shared with me was not to cover the rice during the boiling process. It’s important to wait until all the water evaporates.

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In this post, I want to share with you how to cook rice on the stove:

The first step is to rinse the rice. I use the same pot that I cook the rice in. I like to rinse it to get rid off any dirt or debris. This is one step my grandmother never skipped. Another reason I like to rinse the rice is because it reduces the amount of starch in the rice that can stick to it when it’s cooking, giving the rice a gooey texture. For this, I usually use my hands to catch any grains that might fall out while doing this, but you can use a strainer colander for a more efficient way.

Once the rice has been rinsed and drained, add the water that you will use for boiling.

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Add some salt and oil and stir to combine. Place on the stove on a high heat temperature until it starts to boil.

As soon as it starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom causing it to burn.

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Let the rice simmer in water until all of it is completely absorbed. Cover and reduce the heat to low and let it cook for about 15 minutes or until grains are soft and tender.

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After the 15 minutes,  is done!

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Pair the white rice with your favorite protein.

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We like to pair rice with Carne guisada (beef stew Caribbean style), a piece of fish or a juicy Roasted Chicken

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Below you will find an easily printable recipe card. Please, feel free to leave any comments and/or suggestions. I would be delighted to hear from you all.

Until the next one…

Enjoy!

Love E.S

 

homemade rice

How do I make fluffy rice? What's the ratio of water to rice? Are these questions you often ask yourself while attempting to cook rice? Well, In this recipe I have the answer to these questions and much more.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Latin American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 346 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cup white rice medium grain
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt kosher

Instructions

  1. The first step is to rinse the rice. I use the same pot I will cook the rice in. 

    *see notes to know the reasons why I rinse my rice before cooking

  2. Once the rice has been rinsed and drained, add the water that you will use for boiling.

  3. Add some salt and oil and stir to combine. Place on the stove on a high heat temperature until it starts to boil.

  4. As soon as it starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom causing it to burn.
  5. Let the rice simmer in water until all of it is completely absorbed. Cover and reduce the heat to low and let it cook for about 15 minutes or until grains are soft and tender.

  6. After the 15 minutes, your rice is done!

Recipe Notes

Why Do I need to rinse my rice?

  • I like to rinse it to get rid off any dirt or debris.
  • Another reason I like to rinse the rice is because it reduces the amount of starch in the rice that can stick to it when it's cooking, giving the rice a gooey texture.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 882mg37%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.

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