Rice is a quick and easy (gluten free!) side dish that goes with almost any meal. White rice takes only 15 minutes to cook, so it’s perfect for nights when your meal planning has deserted you. You don’t need a fancy rice cooker either! Just a saucepan and a stove.
How to Make White Rice:
I always have the best of intentions as far as meal planning goes. But inevitably, there’s a night where I have no ideas for dinner. You know, the nights where making dinner seems like a chore. On those nights I usually start by making some rice, and then opening the fridge to see what other kinds of leftovers or veggies I have to go with it. White rice only takes 15 minutes to cook, so dinner’s on the table quickly, even with no plan! I like to use jasmine or basmati rice because they have a little more flavor and nice texture, but any kind of long grain rice will work.
Once you memorize the ratio of water to rice, you won’t even need a recipe! You’ll know how to make white rice because you’ll know the magic ratio is two to one. For instance, if you use two cups of water, you’ll use one cup of rice. Once you know that ratio, you also don’t need a fancy rice cooker to cook your rice, just a regular saucepan on the stove.
Start by putting the water and rice into your saucepan and then turning the heat to high. You can also add an optional 1/2 teaspoon or so of kosher salt if you like, I usually do. Once the water starts to boil, turn the heat down to low and cover the pan. Next you’ll set the timer for 15 minutes and get the rest of your meal started.
When the time is up, turn the heat off and let the rice sit covered for about 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork. That’s it!
Once the rice is done, you can eat it as is with a little butter, salt and pepper, and it’s delicious! Or sprinkle on a little soy sauce.
How to Make White Rice
Perfect for weeknights, white rice takes only 15 minutes to cook!
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- 2 cups water
- 1 cup long grain white rice, such as jasmine or basmati
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
- Add the water, rice and salt to a saucepan. Turn the heat to high.
- Once the water boils, turn the heat to low and cover the pan.
- Simmer covered for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice sit for 10 minutes (optional step, but it make the rice fluffier).
- That’s it!
Leftovers are great for fried rice!