Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 20 mins

You do not need to be afraid of cooking rice again! lol Real rice is so much better for you than instant. So here is a basic recipe that will have you cooking rice like a pro!


  1. In a saucepan with a good fitting lid bring water, salt and butter if desired to a boil.
  2. Add rice and stir.
  3. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. You will know that your temperature is correct if a little steam is visible leaking from the lid. A lot of steam means your heat is too high.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes.
  6. The steam that is trapped inside the pan is what allows the rice to cook properly.
  7. Remove from heat and fluff with fork.
  8. Serve!
Most Helpful

I've banished the boil in the bag variety and retired my rice cooker, cos I've found Mama's method, tried & true! I've been making rice this way for so long, my apologies for not (thanking Mama, and) reviewing this recipe sooner. I have used this method with white rice and par-boiled with no problems (other than it's hard to put the fork down!) I usually make this with chicken broth in lieu of water, as my family loves it. Thank you.

Jug O'Mud June 09, 2010

My beloved rice cooker broke and my husband didn't think I need to go to the expense of
replacing it. I have not had a lot of luck with a pot. The rice was ususally too sticky.
I followed this recipe exactly and it is HEAVEN! Thank you soooo much!!!

cinandbakincoquille March 08, 2011

Thanks so much for posting what the rice producers SHOULD have written on the bag! As I make it more and more, I am gaining confidence in the recipe and the rice is getting better!

Ginny Ax January 11, 2011