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Foolproof Method for Cooking Rice on the Stovetop

Cooking rice is easy, there is no need for fancy gadgets or pressure cookers, in just 15 minutes fluffy rice can be made perfectly on your stovetop with the magic foolproof ratio of rice to water.

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a side view of a fluffy bowl of white rice

Cooking Rice

With the new baby here we have been eating a lot of stir fry’s and a lot of rice bowl style meals. They are easy and all inclusive (aka no extra side dishes). These types of meals all have one thing in common, Rice. It has also come to my attention lately that most people don’t know how easy it is to cook regular rice on the stovetop. There is no need for fancy gadgets or pressure cookers, in just 15 minutes it can be made perfectly on your stovetop with the magic foolproof ratio of rice to water, so what is my foolproof method for cooking rice on the stovetop?


It is truly that simple.

So ditch what the instructions on the bag and follow this simple ratio. So 1 cup of rice is cooking with 1 1/2 cups water, 2 cups of rice is cooked with 3 cups of water, 3 cups of rice is cooked with 4 1/2 cups of water, and so forth (although why you need more rice than that is beyond me). So easy to remember right!?

a measuring cup with water sitting next to a pile of uncooked white rice

So now that we have the ratio down the next thing you need is a pot with a good tight lid, it is important when cooking rice to keep the lid on so no steam escapes.

So once you have your pot add your rice and cold water to the pot. Note, you will start with cold water unlike a lot of instructions will have you boil it first. Once you have the water and rice in the pot, cover and heat on the stove over high heat.

The water will start to boil, LEAVE THE LID ON. Don’t peek (also a glass lid is clutch here (do kids still use the term ‘clutch’?)), anyway once the water is to a full boil turn the heat down to the lowest setting on your stove. Set a timer for 10 minutes and leave your rice alone.

pot with a clear lid showing freshly cooked white rice

Do NOT peek at your rice, no stirring, it’s almost best if you forget about it, the best kind of cooking right!?

So after the 10 minutes are up you can now take the lid off and fluff it up and serve. Alternatively if you still have a few minutes before it is time to eat, just turn the stove all the way off and continue to let it sit there until you need it, seriously no fuss.

And that is the Foolproof Method for Cooking Rice on the Stovetop.

looking inside a pot at freshly cooked white rice
a small bowl of rice on a cutting board


• please note that this is the best method for cooking white rice varieties, any brown or wild rices might need some adjustments

• dress up your rice by adding spices before cooking, a bay leaf, star anise, or black peppercorn will add a flavor punch, also you can substitute broth for water

• a rookie mistake when cooking dinner that includes rice is to forget about the rice or start it too late, so get ahead of that problem and get used to always starting the rice first especially when making quick dinners like the 20 Minute Chicken Stir FryKorean Ground Turkey & Rice Bowls or my Shrimp Stir Fry

a side view of a fluffy bowl of white rice

Foolproof Method for Cooking Rice on the Stovetop Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

a simple method for cooking rice on the stove without any fancy equipment


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water*


  1. Add rice and cold water to a pot and cover with a well fitting lid.
  2. Bring to boil over high heat on the stovetop.
  3. Once boiling reduce heat to the lowest setting. KEEP LID ON, no peeking. 
  4. Let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff rice and serve.


*tap temperature water is perfect here, no need to cool the water down more

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175.5Total Fat: 0.28gSaturated Fat: 0.08gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4.04mgCarbohydrates: 38.68gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 3.22g

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Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

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Sunday 15th of March 2020

I still messed this up, lol! Do have one question, are you using an electric or gas stove?

Lauren Schmidt

Thursday 19th of March 2020

Hi Michelle, I personally have a electric stove although the method shouldn't change depending on stovetop. How did your rice turn out? Was it too soggy? Too dry? Not cooked through? Most people have great success with this method, it could be as simple as maybe your lid not fitting tight enough, or starting with hot water that could have made it not work. -Lauren


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Thanks for the recipe, Lauren! Worked perfectly first time :D What more can you ask from a recipe, right?


Tuesday 4th of February 2020

If doubling or tripling the recipe, how would you adjust the cooking times?

Lauren Schmidt

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Great question! Cooking time should stay the same!


Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Do you wash the rice before cooking?

Lauren Schmidt

Friday 31st of January 2020

Yes you can rinse the rice before cooking but it isn't absolutely necessary.


Saturday 11th of January 2020

Best rice I have ever cooked and I have been cooking rice for over 50 years. I never knew to start with cold water. I always brought water to a boil before adding rice. A big difference. I learn new things all the time.

Lauren Schmidt

Sunday 12th of January 2020

Glad you enjoyed it this way! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!