French Method for Perfect White Rice


The difference between the American and French ways of cooking white rice? Rather than simmering rice in a modest amount of water, the French throw the rice in a big pot of salted water and cook on high heat. This crowd-pleasing side dish is done in a quick 12 minutes!


  • Coarse salt

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed

  • Unsalted butter, for serving (optional)

  • Coarse salt, for serving (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 11 to 12 minutes. Drain and serve immediately. Serve with butter and salt, if desired.

    David M. Russell
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