A touch of butter and salt make all the difference in this foolproof rice recipe. This family-friendly side dish can be ready in a quick 16 minutes. 

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring water, butter, and salt to a boil in medium saucepan. Stir in rice and return to a boil over medium-high heat. 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 end of cooking time). The rice should be studded with craters, or steam holes, when it is ready. Remove from heat and let steam, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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Reviews (5)

182 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 59
  • 3 star values: 48
  • 2 star values: 19
  • 1 star values: 20
Rating: 5.0 stars
02/23/2020
I love this recipe! It works perfectly for long grain basmati rice that we buy in bulk from Costco! I always rinse the rice a couple times so that it is not too sticky, and the 1:1 ratio is perfect! I cook 4-6 cups of rice at any given time, so I usually add about 1/2 cup extra water to compensate for evaporation while I wait for it to boil, and then cover it one the rice goes in! My brother tried to tell me it wouldn’t work but it always does for long grain! I only keep it on the heat for 15 minutes and then usually keep it on the same eye, off of course, for the last 10 minutes. It’s always a hit with my family!
Rating: 5.0 stars
02/23/2020
I love this recipe! It works perfectly for long grain basmati rice that we buy in bulk from Costco! I always rinse the rice a couple times so that it is not too sticky, and the 1:1 ratio is perfect! I cook 4-6 cups of rice at any given time, so I usually add about 1/2 cup extra water to compensate for evaporation while I wait for it to boil, and then cover it one the rice goes in! My brother tried to tell me it wouldn’t work but it always does for long grain! I only keep it on the heat for 15 minutes and then usually keep it on the same eye, off of course, for the last 10 minutes. It’s always a hit with my family!
Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2018
The rice was perfect fluffy and delicious, but, I added 1/4 cup more water to the 1 cup and after boiling let simmer for 12 minutes, very yummy.
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Rating: 1 stars
09/10/2018
The recipe is wrong. You should use 2 cups of water, not 1. Found that out the hard way because I didn’t read the comments first.
Rating: Unrated
03/29/2017
I'm so glad I read your comment. I knew that didn't sound right but wasn't paying attention I did catch it in time tho.
Rating: Unrated
02/28/2017
Sorry Martha (or whoever actually wrote this). You're absolutely wrong on this basic recipe! The recipe needs double the amount water to the uncooked rice.
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Rating: 1 stars
07/30/2014
The ratio for this recipe is wrong. Rice should be cooked with 1:2 ratio of rice to water. If you have 1 cup dry white rice, use 2 cups of water to cook it.