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Cooked/boiled white rice ready for serving. The most important thing you need in other to cook white rice is rice. I used long grain rice for this recipe today. You can still use any different kind of rice, such as short or medium grain. #riceandstew #whiterice #steamedrice

How to Cook White rice on the Stove

  • Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


It is important to realize that white rice is a vegetarian and gluten-free dish, so if you are a vegetarian you can eat it with sauté spinach or any other vegetarian sauce (if my red tomato stew does not work of course.)


  • 2 cups of parboiled rice
  • 4½ cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil


  1. Parboil rice in boiling water for about 4 minutes on medium heat. Remove and wash very well. About 6-7 times until the water is clear, rinse thoroughly and set aside.
  2. Add 4 cups of water to the pan; allow to boil. Add salt and vegetable oil to the pot when the water starts boiling, and then add rice, cover and cook for 30 minutes or until rice is ready (it is usually prepared within 30 minutes). Taste rice to ensure it is soft enough, if it isn’t, then add the remaining ½ cup of water, reduce heat and allow another 3 – 5 minutes to soften a bit more.
  3. Your rice is ready; serve with Nigerian tomato stew, sauté spinach or avocado.


There are other ways to make white “plain” rice, but this is one of my easy ways to do on stovetop.

You can substitute vegetable oil with butter, that makes this dish vegetarian instead of vegan. Really doesn’t matter.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Nigerian

Keywords: Rice, White Rice, Boiled Rice, Recipe, White Rice Recipe, Nigerian Rice, Rice and Stew, Cooked Rice

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