In Basics by The BakerMama: How to Cook Rice, I give you the simple method for getting the perfect, fluffy, aromatic rice every time.

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Welcome to Basics by The BakerMama! I created this how-to series to help beginner cooks hone their skills, make the most of their time in the kitchen, and create great family memories. I hope you enjoy!

How to Cook Rice

Light, fluffy, aromatic rice is a staple at our house. Dressed up in a rice salad or in a super comforting Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole, this kitchen basic is anything but. And with a little know-how, it’s easy to get it right every time.

This how-to is for long-grain rice which includes long-grain white rice varieties like basmati, texmati, and jasmine as well as long-grain brown rice. This is our favorite rice to cook and have on hand for so many different uses.

First, combine the rice, water, salt, and butter in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir once and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5-10 minutes. This lets the rice absorb more moisture. Fluff with a fork and serve!

That’s all there is to it! Enjoy!

Ready to Learn More?

Looking for more of Basics by The BakerMama? Try How to Bake Bacon for the most scrumptious, crispy bacon every time. Or learn How to Poach an Egg, Make Stovetop Popcorn or Bake a Potato.

I hope you find these simple basics helpful! When you make something with the help of my BakerMama’s Basics series, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see and others can be inspired!


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How to Cook Rice

Basics by The BakerMama: How to Cook Rice

  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


In Basics by The BakerMama: How to Cook Rice, I give you the simple method for getting the perfect, fluffy, aromatic rice every time.


  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 and 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter or olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil and stir once
  3. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5-10 more minutes

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Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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