How to Cook Fluffy Rice on the Stove

Updated on December 26, 2019
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I am a chef on a luxury world cruise liner. I love to cook and write recipes that are inspired by foods from all over the world.

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Rice is a grain of Oryza sativa, a grass species. There are many different types of rice that are produced around the world. Since rice is considered to be a staple food in many countries, particularly in Asia, it may be the most common source of carbohydrates in the world.

Ancient Asian peoples cooked rice in bamboo. Eventually, the technique evolved from bamboo to clay pot to stainless steel pot. Even the way of cooking changed over time, from the use of a fire built with dried leaves and wood to the use of a stove that is powered by electricity. Nowadays, the easiest way to cook rice is by cooking it in a rice cooker or microwave. All you need to do is rinse the rice, add some water, and set up the appliance. On the other hand, if you cook rice on the stove, you need to keep an eye on it.

Every country or region has its own way of cooking rice. In certain cuisines, it is traditional to add meat, vegetables, and spices to the rice. For example, in Italy, they have risotto. In Malaysia, they have nasi lemak. In China, they offer yang chow. There are so many choices enjoyed by people all around the world.

How about you? Do you enjoy eating rice? I really do. But before learning all of these rice recipe variations, allow me to share the basics of cooking rice. In this recipe, I use the stovetop.

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  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup rice
  • Additional water, for rinsing the rice
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For Preparation:

  • 2 large bowls
  • measuring cups
  • strainer (optional)
  • fork

For Cooking:

  • pot with lid

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 3 cups


  1. Rinse rice to remove impurities.
  2. Strain to remove excess water.
  3. Bring 1 1/2 cup of water to the boil.
  4. Lower the heat and then add rice. Cover the pot.
  5. Allow it to simmer for at least 10 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Use a fork to loosen up the rice.

Cooking Fluffy Rice on a Stove Step-by-Step Procedure

Tips and Techniques

  1. Keep leftover rice inside the refrigerator for up to two days.
  2. Use leftover rice to make fried rice.
  3. Fluff the rice to release the remaining moisture.
  4. Add salt and other spices to add flavor.
  5. Allow water to boil first to speed up the cooking process before adding the rice.
  6. Never stir rice while cooking. This prevents it from becoming mushy.
  7. Control the temperature to prevent the bottom of the pot from burning.
  8. Adjust the amount of water if needed. Different types of rice may have different water requirements.

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        19 months ago from Manila

        Hello Pamela,

        Thank you! I hope these helpful tips will help you achieve a fluffy rice next time you cook it. Have a wonderful day!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        19 months ago from Sunny Florida

        I think these are good tips for cooking delicious rice.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        19 months ago from Manila

        Hi Liz,

        Cooking rice in a microwave is absolutely a timesaver. I do have a microwave at home, but I seldom use it because of the radiation. I'm better off with the old school way of cooking rice or a rice cooker of course. Have a wonderful day!

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        19 months ago from Manila

        Hello Mary,

        Yes, me as well. I don't eat too much rice. Maybe half cup or a cup of rice for a few days in a week only. I have other sources of my carbs anyway to give me more energy. Hope all the tips help you! Cheers!

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        Liz Westwood 

        19 months ago from UK

        This is how I was first taught to cook rice. Nowadays I have got lazy and cook it in the microwave.

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        Mary Norton 

        19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Very good tips. Love eating rice but I try not to do it often for health reasons.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Travel Chef 

        19 months ago from Manila

        Hi Katrina,

        I'm glad to know that the topic may help others. Thanks for dropping by.

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        19 months ago

        you make it simple for us to make fluffy rice. Thanks


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