Everyday Rice

While I count on an electric rice cooker as a mainstay of my kitchen, I like knowing how to cook rice in a pot on top of the stove. That way I’m ready even if the power goes off (we have a gas stove), or if I’m on a camping trip, or if I want to cook a Vietnamese feast at someone else’s home. Get good at it, and then keep doing it until you have the recipe in your head and hands.

4 servings



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

One Pot MealYes

Recipe Courseside dish

Dietary Considerationlow-fat, vegan

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch


  • 1½ cups long grain rice
  • 2 cups water


  1. Measure the rice into a medium saucepan and add cold water to cover the grains. Swirl the grains with your hand, drain well, and then add the measured 2 cups of water. Bring to a gentle boil, uncovered, over medium heat. Let the rice continue to boil gently until the water level drops below the level of the rice so that it looks dry. Stir well, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes, remove from the heat, and then let stand, covered, for 10 minutes more. Fluff gently with a fork and serve hot or warm.


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