How To Make Flavored Stovetop Rice

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Rice is a staple food in many cultures. It’s versatile, easy to prepare, and pairs well with a variety of dishes. Making rice in a rice cooker or an Instant Pot is usually the norm, however, stovetop rice is a classic method that has been used for generations.

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Due to my Pacific Island heritage, I grew up eating tons and tons of rice. My mother never used a rice cooker and always made it on the stovetop with just plain water. I took a cue from my childhood and added my own little twist to it.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through the steps to make fluffy and delicious stovetop rice. Whether you’re a beginner or just looking for a refresher, this post has you covered.

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Reasons Why You Need to Make Stovetop Rice

  • Basic stovetop rice is only 4 to 5 ingredients
  • Takes minimal effort to make
  • You can experiment with different flavors
  • Rice is a great side dish to a main meal, especially one that is protein related

Ingredients and Tips for Making Flavoried Stovetop Rice

I’ll break down the list of main ingredients for you along with some tips.

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  • Short Grain White Rice: We enjoy using Jasmine rice, however, any short grain type will suffice.
  • Chicken Stock or Broth: Using this along with water can highly boost the flavor of this popular grain.
  • Salt: This adds a savory side to the rice.
  • Butter: Due to the saltiness of the chicken broth and the addition of salt itself, it’s recommended to use unsalted butter.
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What Brand of Saucepan Do You Recommend To Make Stovetop Rice

When deciding which saucepan to use, make sure to pick one that is non-stick with proper heating elements. We like to use to the Ninja Foodi Saucepans. They have lasted a long time in our family and we really enjoy how they cook the rice evenly.

Steps in How to Make Flavored Stovetop Rice

  1. Prepare the rice

    First, you are going to take 2 cups of rice and wash them inside a sifter. This is just to make sure there aren’t any fragments, pieces, or other dirt/debris that can be associated with prepackaging. Place the wet rice in a bowl and set aside.

  2. Start the boiling of liquids

    Place your 2 cups of chicken stock and 2 cups of water into a pot and bring them to a boil on the stove. Make sure the pot you choose is big enough to hold 4 cups of rice.

  3. Boil the rice and add other ingredients

    Once boiling starts, take the wet rice and pour it inside the pot. Add the salt and then the better. Stir until well combined then place the lid on top. Turn your heat down to low-medium.

  4. Complete the process

    Let it simmer on the stove for around 18 to 25 minutes or until rice is fluffy and soft.

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How To Make Flavored Stovetop Rice

Learn how to make basic rice with this tutorial on How to Make Flavored Stovetop Rice. It's a traditional recipe with a twist!
Serving Size: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rice,
Serves: 4 cups
Calories Per Serving: 95


  • 2 cups short grain white rice (we like Jasmine)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter


  • Thoroughly wash the 2 cups of rice inside a sifter and place in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a pot on the stove, bring 2 cups of chicken stock and 2 cups of water to a boil on medium heat.
  • Once boiling, add the wet rice, salt, and butter. Stir until well combined.
  • Cover and simmer on low-medium heat for 18 to 25 minutes, or until rice is fluffy and soft.

Libby’s Notes

Recipe Source:
Adapted from The Kitchn. Original post can be found here.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 95kcal
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    We make our rice like this all the time! The chicken stock really gives it a good flavor punch!

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