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White Rice Recipe EASY Unattended

This white rice recipe is the easiest – learn this best unattended way. No simmering. Also includes fluffy or sticky.

This is how to make a white rice recipe easy. Everyone’s gotten used to making minute rice, which is convenient in some ways and inconvenient in another. So, you need to manage minute rice while it’s cooking or simmering. With this white rice simple recipe, your life will be so much easier. Once you’ve made it, you’ll be wanting to share it.

This white rice recipe is easy to make. And it saves a lot of money compared to minute rice. There are two tips to make it either fluffy or sticky.
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White Rice Recipe Easy To Make

Jeff Baygents
This white rice recipe is easy to make. And it saves a lot of money compared to minute rice. There are two tips to make it either fluffy or sticky.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 225


  • 1 cup white rice extra long grain enriched
  • 2 cups water


  • Bring water in a pot to a boil. Turn off the burner, add the uncooked rice to the boiling water and stir it in thoroughly with a regular fork. Cover the pot and leave it on the turned-off burner. Let it sit for 25 minutes and, very important, leave it covered without checking it during this period.
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  • After 25 minutes, remove the lid and follow only 1 of the following options.
    FLUFFY Rice Option: Fluff it up with a regular fork in the pot. Ensure that all rice from the bottom has also been lifted upward and grains become separated from each other throughout the pot. You want to avoid any stirring action; it's a lifting action. Also, leave the pot's lid off for a few minutes to allow the extra moisture to escape. You can put the lid back on to stay warm after about 3 minutes.
    STICKY Rice Option: Do not stir the rice when it's done. Leave it as is. When ready to serve in a bowl or on a plate, use a large serving spoon and scoop it out as a single shape of a serving. An added step is to compress it against the pot's side as you scoop each serving out. Leave the lid on the pot after it's cooked and when not serving.
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  • It's now ready to use in a recipe, to serve, or to store in the fridge.
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Each cup uncooked rice makes about 3 cups cooked rice.
The amount of water for uncooked white rice is commonly twice as much as the amount of rice, e.g., 1 cup of rice uses 2 cups of water.  This is only true for white rice.
To make the rice extra light and fluffy, rinse the rice before cooking, just before adding it to the boiling water.  If you’re wanting sticky rice, skip this action and follow the recipe option for maintaining a sticky rice texture.
Although it might be tempting, you don’t let the rice simmer or cook on low.  Also, you don’t uncover the rice and you don’t stir the rice during the 25-minute sitting period.
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SOURCE: DarnGoodRecipes.com™

Overview of White Rice Recipe Easy to Make

I’ve had to make this kind of rice in several American commercial environments and also for both Korean and Japanese environments. So, needless to say, I’ve learned both fluffy and sticky rice cooking methods. Time to save money and start having an alternate option from the potato as a new side dish.

Recipe White Rice

Basically, following the recipe, you only need to know that you’re going to use twice as much water as the rice your going to add in. Here are the 1-2-3 steps in a nutshell. See above for the best recipe white rice details.

  • Boil the water (2 cups) and turn off the burner.
  • Stir in the rice (1 cup) and cover the pot, leaving it on the hot, turned off burner.
  • It’s ready in 25 minutes.

You may read the rice package directions and it talks of simmering for 15 minutes, and so on. I learned this technique over 20 years ago of leaving it alone for 25 minutes on a hot burner that’s turned off. I use it for American and Asian recipes. It’s been rock solid and uses no equipment. You don’t need a rice cooker, pressure cooker, nor a slow cooker or microwave.

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White Rice Recipe EASY in 25 Minutes Consistently Every Time

Advantages of This White Rice Recipe

  • You don’t have to watch it
  • There’s no occasional stirring during any simmering
  • It’s one less thing you have to get back to in 15 minutes when you’re supposed to “check” if it’s absorbed all the water or not
  • You save a burner’s electricity of 15 minutes worth).
  • Finally, you can actually leave it for an hour or two and get back to it when ready to use it.

Things to Add to White Rice

So, you have the basics of the white rice simple recipe. Beyond just serving it plain or using it in another recipe needing white rice, what can you add to it to make it a delicious white rice recipe? Here are some simple ideas for you that I recommend you try individually instead of on the whole pot. These amounts mentioned are referencing per serving:

  • Add a splash of soy sauce to taste; it’s very salty tasting already
  • Add some butter, salt, and pepper (like you do for mashed potatoes).
  • Add a splash of soy sauce, followed by a very minimal touch of rice vinegar (or other vinegar) and mix it up.
  • Add about a tbsp. of soy sauce, a tbsp. of a chopped up green onion, and a pinch of garlic powder.
  • Add about 1/2 tsp. of Mrs. Dash and mix it up
  • Put a scoop of rice on a large lettuce leaf, sprinkle across 1/2 tsp. of Mrs. Dash, pour across a tbsp. of soy sauce, and fold it up to eat as if it were a small lettuce sandwich.
  • And you can also immediately take the cooked rice and put it in a medium high heated skillet. Stir fry it using some sesame oil, diced green onion, soy sauce, and some garlic powder, all to taste.
  • You can heat up some chili with beans, put them atop the scoop of white rice (equal amounts of rice and chili). Then, garnish that with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese. That can be a main course or a lunch.
  • You can also make some quick white sauce as a gravy and pour it over the rice with a bit of salt and pepper to taste, if needed. That makes a very nice side dish for most main courses.

Here are some other dishes that go well alongside white rice or that you make with this white rice.

Cooking White Rice FAQ

How many calories white rice?

White rice 1 cup calories is about 225 calories. This shown recipe for white rice is illustrating each serving as 1 cup cooked rice. Fortunately, this recipe for white rice is just rice and water. There are no additives such as oil or salt. For flavorings and additions, read the earlier section in this article about things to add to rice.

The nutritional values are shown in the <Print Recipe> option.

Nutritional Values of White Rice

The nutritional values are shown in the recipe.

Ratio of Water to Rice 2 to 1

While it’s always best to follow the rice package directions for water ratios, the specifics of how to cook white rice is the basis of this recipe and article. So, for using regular white rice and water, you use the water to rice 2 to 1 ratio, i.e., 2 cups water for every 1 cup uncooked regular white rice. Instant rice (e.g., minute rice) is a 1 to 1 ratio since that is using a precooked rice.

Rice Yield per Cup

When cooking rice, it expands and gives you a larger volume, which varies across different kinds of rice you might use. For example, minute rice yields twice as much usually. 1 cup dry minute rice cooked in 1 cup water yields about 2 cups cooked rice. But, 1 cup long grain (or extra long grain) white rice cooked in 2 cups water, your rice yield per cup will be 3 to 3-1/2 cups cooked rice.

Why brand of rice should I get?

If you’ve followed this recipe and are satisfied with the results, then I would stick with the brand you’re using. Otherwise, there is a ton of over information overload on the Internet on that topic. You’ll end up seeing all kinds of fancy rice names that might only come from a specialty store or online ordering. There is a lot of information that steers you towards a Jasmine rice. As this site’s focus is on (mostly) everyday more common ingredients when possible, here are some brands I’ve successfully used. You might remember the brand picture when you see it next time in the store or online. Also, I always try to get the extra-long grain rice (or long), which usually comes in a plastic bag of around 2 to 5 pounds. To ensure it’s not par-cooked, I read it’s cooking directions and ensure it says about 15 minutes cooking time. I use common leaders of white rice: Mahatma and Blue Ribbon. At times, there are sometimes some store brands that I try on things, and I’ll be eventually testing the Walmart brand of their long grain rice.

Blue Ribbon white rice 5 lb bag
Blue Ribbon white rice 5 lb bag

For buying white rice, I avoid these words when buying it:

  • Par-cooked
  • Converted
  • Boil-in-Bag
  • Minute (or 5-minute), …

Why is my rice so sticky?

Assuming it’s a good brand, there are several possible causes. You’ll want to rule all of these out.

  • The lid must fit well on the pot you’re using. The measured water that was boiled shouldn’t escape during the sitting step.
  • The initial stirring with a fork must break up all the grains to ensure they all get “coated” initially in the boiling water.
  • When the rice is done sitting, and the lid is removed, there might be a tendency to immediately stir the rice instead of lifting it up. Stirring will reinforce compressing and sticking together. The lifting up motion is very particular but easy. You can use a fork to lift up the different areas of the rice so that the granules can fall away from each other. Repeat this lifting action across the entire pot to encourage that to happen. It’s as though you’ll be starting to lift out the rice to let it cool. The second very important aspect it to leave the pot’s lid off for at least a few minutes to let the excess steam release from all that lifting and fluffing actions you just performed.
  • Another cause might be that the particular brand (or its manufactured batch) has an excess of starch or gluten. You can try rinsing the rice thoroughly (and sometimes multiple times) until the water remains somewhat clear. We typically don’t recommend ever rinsing the rice but if you’ve rules out the other steps then this might be a final option to consider. Although there are also some sites that mention this doesn’t do much in some cases but, different brands have different production methods.

How do you cook rice without burning the bottom?

Fortunately, this recipe by design, avoids that issue. However, if you did experience it, you’ll want to ensure you’ve turned the burner off immediately before you pour the uncooked rice into the boiled water. And, ensure you’ve stirred the rice grains in thoroughly. You don’t want to be tempted to leave the burner on low or simmer for this recipe’s method. Also, you’ll need to ensure you don’t have the need to take a peek at the rice before the time’s up as it then won’t be ready at the end of the recommended sitting time. It’s just simply amazing that it cooks on its own and unattended for the full amount of time.

Can I cook the rice for 15 minutes like the rice package says?

Certainly. It will be ready sooner, if you follow all those directions completely. Those instructions might involving managing it during the time the burner’s still on, checking to ensure all the water gets absorbed, stirring some to scrape the bottom, and so on.

Using the above recipe for cooking in 25 minutes is much easier and usually, you can start the rice before anything else in your main recipe you’ll be using with your cooked rice. In time, you’ll see the advantages either way. And, sometimes, I’ll just make the rice the night before and store it in the fridge for the next day’s evening meal I’ll be preparing.

Can cooked white rice be frozen or refrigerated?

Yes. After cooking is done, you can fluff it up to separate the grains, and let it cool down for about an hour. Then, store it in the fridge for up to 3 to 5 days usually. As a matter of fact, many will make this white rice simple recipe a day or two in advance of any other recipe that calls for using white rice. A popular good idea usage is oriental fried rice. It actually cooks and tastes much better if the rice is a day old or, at least cooled down cold.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about white rice and the absolute easiest way to cook it unattended. And, of course, reading about many potential additions to making white rice more full of flavor.

For further reading, click here for more info on rice via Wikipedia.

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