How To Cook Long Grain White Rice

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How to cook long grain white rice so it is perfectly fluffy and tender. This is a simple and reliable method for the stove.


  • 2 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 3 cups boiling water


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in a medium saucepan.
  3. Add the rice and salt and stir for about 2-4 minutes, until all the rice is coated in the butter and smells toasted.
  4. Pour in the boiling water, having the lid nearby to cover right away since it will boil vigorously.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 8-12 minutes. (It really depends on your stove and the saucepan that your are using.)
  6. Turn off the heat and let the rice rest, covered, for another 5 minutes.
  7. Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of butter and fluff the rice with a fork before serving.
  8. Store leftover rice in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.


Flavor Variations:

You can add some onions, garlic, carrots and other vegetables to the butter and cook it until the onions are tender before adding the rice to make it more flavorful.

After the rice is cooked, you can also add some lime juice and fresh herbs to make different flavor variations, like Cilantro Lime Rice, Dill and Chive Rice, Garlic and Parsley Rice, Onion and Rosemary, etc. The possibilities are endless.

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