Basic White Rice

Basic White Rice

Basic White Rice is a great "meal stretcher" that can be incorporated into a wide variety of cuisines.

Rice is a staple in many cultures, from Asia to South America, and yes, even in our home here in Cincinnati. Like potatoes or pasta, it is one of those “meal stretchers” that is inexpensive and tasty. We love it in soups, with beans, or even as a base for dishes like Hoppin’ John or Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts. Perhaps because we make it so frequently, we didn’t realize until recently that many of our readers are used to making quick-cooking rice rather than our traditional method which takes longer to prepare, but is fluffier, healthier, and more flavorful. So for all of you who have requested our basic white rice recipe, we apologize that it has taken us so long to deliver it and hope that you’re soon making rice as frequently as we do.

COOK: 30 minutes + 30 minutes resting time


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 cups water


  1. Pour the rice and salt into a medium saucepan. Cover with water and stir briefly to combine. Don’t over-stir or your rice will be gummy.
  2. Bring to a roiling boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible temperature and cover the pot. Let the rice steam for 20 minutes, until it has absorbed all the water. Remove from the heat and let the rice sit, covered, for 30 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

TIPS: This may seem like a lot of rice, but any leftovers may be frozen or refrigerated in a resealable plastic bag or container. Use extra rice to prepare quick fried rice, add it as a filler to soups, melt a little butter over it then serve it with a fried egg, or make any other number meals in minutes with this favorite staple.

YIELDS: 2 quarts

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About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

3 Responses to Basic White Rice

  1. Pingback: Chicken, Pecan, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry [RECIPE] | Jathan & Heather

  2. Hey, I just discovered you on YHahoo. Nice write-up, I was just thinking around something similar. May possibly begin blogging myself! Appreciate it!

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