Simple, Fluffy, Stovetop White Rice

Perfect fluffy rice without a rice cooker or anything fancy. Just a pot.

Home cooked rice is a staple in hispanic cuisine. It's something we both grew up eating in our homes and makes a great side to a variety of dishes. Many people find it hard to cook rice without a rice cooker, but we are here to show you it's not. Plus, its one less clunky kitchen appliance you need to have.

What rice to use?

This is a personal preference. We tend to use Jasmine rice, but if you want more protein, substitute the rice in recipes for quinoa. Quinoa is an amazing whole grain that is also a complete protein!

If you are still going to make rice, there are options and we can help. While we prefer Jasmine rice, this is great with any other variety, it's nice to take into account the texture of the rice, the length of it, its tendencies in a group (does it stick together), the firmness. It's important to note that we are not rice experts but these are the things we notice. With this in mind, go and try different types of rice, any long grain white rice will work well, you can make adjustments for brown rice by looking at the instructions on their packaging.

Trick to Making Good Stovetop Rice

  • If you want a sticky rice - wash it until the water runs clear. This removes the starch and allows the rice to stick.
  • Do not open the lid! Let the rice cook on low heat. Do not touch it or lift the lid.
  • You do not need to add oil and garlic, just skip steps 2 - 5.

Once the rice has been washed, heat up a pot with oil, add garlic then add the rice. Cook for 1 -2 minutes, then add the water and salt. Bring to a boil and cover for 20 minutes.

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Stovetop Rice

Simple tasty rice with no fancy equipment.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • salt to taste


  • Rinse rice. We like to wash our rice until the water runs clear. This gets rid of the starches and makes the rice stickier.
  • Chop garlic.
  • Heat oil in pan on medium.
  • Once oil is hot add chopped garlic.
  • Cook garlic for less than 1 minute making sure it doesn't burn.
  • Add rice and mix it in with the garlic and oil.
  • Add water and cover.
  • Once water is boiling - set to low heat and do not remove cover for 20 minutes.
besitos, J & R

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