Cooking Rice on a Stove Top

Cooking rice on a stove top is easy to do, and only takes about 15 minutes. You can make any amount of rice that you want as long as you keep the ratio of water to rice the same: 1 dry cup of white rice requires 2 cups of water.

Note: These instructions are for plain, ordinary, white rice. Parboiled (Minute) rice takes a lot less time, and comes with instructions on the package. Brown (wild) rice takes more time, but still the same basic technique here will work.




Boil water in the sauce pan. Add the rice, cover, and bring to boil again. Turn heat to the lowest setting and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Fluff rice with fork and let stand for a few minutes before serving.


First, put the water in the pot and get it boiling. Covering the pot will make it boil faster.

Water boiling in a pot on a stove

Once the water is boiling, add the rice.

Rice in water in a pot on a stove

Cover, and bring back to a boil. It will happen in a minute or two, so keep an eye on it so it doesn't boil over.

Covered pot on a stove

Once it start boiling again, reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 12-15 minutes.

Covered pot with boiling water on a stove

Once all the water is absorbed, the rice is cooked!

Covered pot with finished rice

Fluff the rice with a fork and let stand for a few minutes before using.

Rice in pot fluffed with a fork