There are many ways to cook rice, something I didn’t know for a long long time. I remember when I moved away for college I had a hard time remembering how much rice to how much water. I struggled to remember it to the point I took a sharpie and wrote on the lid of my rice container. I’ve gotten better over the years at preparing rice, and also getting more adventurous in the types of rice I prepare. However in my interactions with friends over the years I came to realize that other people didn’t know much about cooking rice either, so today I’m going to share the most basic method of cooking rice. There are other methods I will share later, but hopefully for those of you who maybe don’t know much about cooking rice, this will be helpful to you.

When cooking rice I would typically recommend using long grain rice. Short and medium grains are sticky and are used for rice puddings, sushi, and similar dishes. Long grain rice gives a nice fluffy grain that stay separate. Rice has a 1:3 ratio, meaning 1 cup of long grain rice should give you 3 cups of cooked rice.  I included rinsing the rice as a step because it makes for a better rice product. However, white rice is often fortified with vitamins and minerals because the outer bran is removed. Rinsing it washes this off, but I do it anyway for better tasting rice. You choose which is more important to you. So if you struggle making rice, as many of us do, the key to remember is this: always do twice as much water as you have rice. If you remember that you won’t have to write on the lid of your rice container.


Yield: 4 servings (1 1/2 c serving)

Time: 20 minutes for long grain white rice, 50 minutes for long grain brown rice


  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 T butter



  • Step 1

Rinse rice until water runs out clear.

  • Step 2

Combine all ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a boil. Stir. Cover and cook on low. 15-20 minutes for long grain white rice (40-50 minutes for long grain brown rice).

  • Step 3

Test rice for done-ness. Cook 2-4 minutes more if desired. Fluff rice with a fork and serve.

Looking for some meals to go with your rice? Check these out:

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Korean Beef and Broccoli by Nurture Cultivate Create

Korean Beef and Broccoli




Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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