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How to Make White Rice

How to make White Rice, Cuban white rice, how to make white rice on the stove

Learning how to make white rice on the stove is a skill that I actually recently acquired. Not because it’s hard, but because we always cheated and used a rice cooker in my house!  But, if you follow a few simple steps, you can have perfectly cooked, fluffy white rice, made on the stove every time!

How to make White Rice, Cuban white rice, how to make white rice on the stove

Since my family is Cuban, we eat white rice A LOT…we eat it with our black beans, picadillo, and almost all our favorite cuban dishes! (My American husband has learned to love it!) So, if you are like us, it might be worth it to invest in a rice cooker. They are inexpensive and the rice is perfect every time. But I’m guessing since you’re here, you either don’t have one or want to master this skill too!

So let’s get right to it and learn how to make white rice on the stove! 

Do you have to rinse rice before cooking it?

While you don’t HAVE to, it’s a good idea to rinse your rice until the water runs clear. This removes the excess starches from the rice and will help prevent your water from bubbling over and creating a starchy mess on your stove top and pot. It also helps keep the rice from being too sticky. We always rinse ours for the best result!

rinsing white rice, how to make white rice

What is the ratio of water to white rice?

You’ll want to follow a 2:1 ratio. 2 cups of water for each heaping cup of rice. The “heaping” is important!

How much uncooked rice to should you cook:

Well, each cup of uncooked rice will yield 3 cups of cooked rice. For my family of 4, we usually make 2 cups (uncooked) and still end up with a bit left over.

When you’re ready to cook your rice, here’s the steps you’ll follow:

  1. Rinse your rice under the faucet until the water runs clear. I usually just shake it around for about 30 seconds or so. You’ll then add that rice to your empty pot. (I didn’t use one in the photos but a non-stick pot works great!)
  2. Add in your water. Like I mentioned above, you’ll add 2 cups of water for every heaping cup of rice.
  3. If you ever wondered why your rice is clumpy or too sticky…this step is for you! Add a tablespoon of oil for every cup of rice you cook. We use olive oil but anything will do…even butter works well!  You’ll also want to add 1/2 teaspoon of salt for every cup of rice you’re making.Rice and oil, how to cook white rice on the stove
  4. Once you’ve added your rice, water, salt, oil. You can bring everything to a full rolling boil. Once it’s boiling, cover the pot and turn the heat down to a simmer and leave it for exactly 18 minutes. Then remove it from the stove and let it sit for 5 more minutes. Fluff with a fork then serve!

How to know when rice is done cooking:

You’ll want to look at the holes on the top of the rice. No more water should be coming up from them. Once you see this, it’s just about done! You can take the pot off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes before removing the lid.

Cooked white rice

How to make White Rice, Cuban white rice, how to make white rice on the stove

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How to make White Rice, Cuban white rice, how to make white rice on the stove
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How to Make White Rice

Perfect white rice on the stove top!
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Cuban
Servings: 4 people
Author: Coco and Ash


  • 2 heaping cups uncooked white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Add your uncooked white rice to a colander and rinse with water until the water runs clear. (This step is optional but will keep the rice from becoming clumpy and will help prevent an excess of bubbles in the pot.)
  • Add the uncooked rice, water, oil, and salt to a pot and bring everything to a full rolling boil.
  • Once boiling, cover the pot, reduce the heat to simmer, and cook for 18 minutes.
  • After the 18 minutes, remove the pot from the heat (do not uncover) and set it aside for 5 more minutes.
  • Then fluff with a fork and serve!

Perfect white rice on the stove

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    May 17, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Nothing worse than undercooked rice. These step-by-step directions are perfect for avoiding undercooked rice every time!

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    May 17, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for this super helpful guide to making white rice!! I followed your tips and my rice turned out perfectly!

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    Carrie Robinson
    May 17, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    My boyfriend tells me that I always make the best rice. There is a definitely a science to it. 🙂

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    May 17, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    That rice look so perfectly cooked! YUM. Next time am making my white rice, your way! Yippee

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    May 17, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you for the detailed information! I am never sure about the exact cooking time of white rice. This was super helpful!

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    My go to rice recipe!!

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