Perfect White Rice


You'll make fluffy, perfect white rice every time with Martha's easy recipe, which calls for long-grain rice, salt, and boiling water. The secret to this method involves adding the rice to a measured amount of boiling water, as opposed to starting the rice in a cold pot. This technique keeps the grains intact, so you can say goodbye to mushy, stuck-together clumps.


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in rice and salt and return to a boil over medium-high heat.

  2. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid, 16 to 18 minutes (check only toward the end of cooking time). The rice should be studded with craters, or steam holes, when it is ready.

  3. Remove from heat and let steam, covered, for 10 minutes. Then fluff with a fork and serve.

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    Emily Laurae
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