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Simple White Rice

Sometimes it can be hard to think of a good side dish when you are in a rush or running low on ingredients. Here is a simple recipe for stovetop white rice that you will want to keep in your cookbook!


  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of butter or oil (optional)
  • Salt (optional)


  • Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh strainer under cold running water until the water runs clear. This removes excess starch and dirt from the rice.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed rice, water, butter or oil (if using), and salt (if using). Stir to combine.

  • Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan with a lid.
  • Allow the rice to simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes. This allows the rice to steam and become fluffier.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.
  • You can also add any additional ingredients to the rice, such as vegetables, proteins, or herbs, to make it a more complete meal. Enjoy!

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