How to Cook Minute Rice on Stove Recipe (Instant) • Loaves and Dishes

How to Cook Minute Rice on Stove Recipe (Instant) • Loaves and Dishes

Fluffy, delicious, white, perfect rice in minutes every single time! Let me show you how to cook minute rice on Stove Recipe (Instant) for perfect white fluffy rice every single time (no rice cooker needed)! 

Blue bowl of minute rice.

Why This Recipe For How To Cook Minute Rice Works

If you are a rice snob like me, you are going to want this favorite way of making minute instant white rice so that you can make a variety of dishes with this simple ingredient. Delicious rice all the time!

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  • Gives the perfect water ratio and cooking time (no cooking time) with cups of water measurement for perfect white rice every time!

Here’s How To Make Minute Rice

STEP 1. 

Measure out how much water (or broth) and rice.

STEP 2. 

Heat the cups water on the stove top.

STEP 3. 

Pour in the amount of rice, stir and cover. Wait 5 minutes! This quick meal is done! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Long Does It Take To Make Minute Rice? 

From start to finish, it takes about 12 minutes to make minute rice. 

How Do You Cook Minute Rice? 

  1. Boil a cup of water (in a pressure cooker, large skillet, microwave ovens, etc.) The easiest way is in a sauce pan on the stove top though! Bring the water to a full boil.
  2. Pour in a cup rice into the amount of water.
  3. Cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes. 
  4. Fluff with a fork and serve hot for a fluffy texture.

What Is The Ratio of Water to Rice for Minute Rice?

Minute rice is a one to one ratio of rice for the best results. So, for every one cup of rice, you add one cup water (or other liquid like chicken broth or other savory broths). So easy! 

Can I Use Minute Rice in Casseroles and Other Dishes? 

Yes, that is exactly what I have done! Check out my Cheesy Chili Rice, its delicious and made with this rice. It’s a tasty side dish or main dish with stir fry, added to cream of chicken soup for a casserole or an easy dish for college students to make in the microwave. 

Is Minute Rice the Same As White Rice? 

Minute rice is a little precooked and then dried. So, yes, essentially it is the same thing, but your cooking process is less because it is already cooked and all you need to do is to rehydrate it!

Is Minute Rice the Same as Instant Rice? 

Yes, Minute rice is a kind of rice that is an instant rice because it is a cooked rice. 

How Do You Make The Best Instant Rice? 

  1. Adding some flavor while rehydrating the instant rice is the best option for making the best instant rice. You can add flavor by…
  2. Using broth instead of water for rehydrating. 
  3. Adding some spices, herbs, salt and pepper when you add the water. 
  4. A small pat of butter or olive oil lends a terrific jump in taste as well. 

What Are Good Seasonings to Add To Rice? 

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Butter
  • Cayenne
  • Chili Powder
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Soy Sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Sesame Seeds

How To Make A Flavored White Rice

To flavor your dry rice, I like to add some flavor to the water that I cook it in. This works especially well for onion and garlic. 

Can I Use Regular Rice Instead of Minute Rice? 

Yes, of course, you can use regular ol rice. In fact, there are a number of rice varieties like plain rice, long grain wild rice, brown rice, black rice, sushi rice, basmati rice and other different kinds of rice. 

Home cooks enjoy a variety of rice in stovetop cooking. However, it requires and different ratio of liquid, a longer cook time and is a little more difficult to master than an instant rice. 

Should I Rinse Minute Rice?

No need to rinse minute rice. Minute rice is precooked and then dehydrated. If you rinsed it, it would mess up the cook time and might make your rice mushy you’ll need any excess starch that you might find. 

Can I Use Chicken Broth Instead of Water for Minute Rice? 

Yes, absolutely you can! I recommend it for the best rice flavor! 

Tips and Tricks to Make Perfect Minute Rice

  • Have your water and your rice pre measured before you start cooking. You don’t want to be caught with boiling water and no rice to put in! That could cause you to lose water to evaporation and make your rice dry! 
  • Pre-flavor your rice by adding flavors to the cooking water. This helps cook the flavors right into the rice itself. 
  • If it is time for your rice to be finished, but it still seems soupy, just put the lid back on and turn the stove eye back on for 30 secs to 1 minute and then turn the heat off. Leave the lid on for 1-2 minutes and recheck. If still soupy, repeat. Otherwise, fluff and proceed. 
  • If your rice is done and you find that it is too dry and crunchy, add a little more liquid (like ¼ cup), stir well, turn the burner back on for 30 secs to one minute, put the lid on. After thirty secs, turn the heat off but leave the lid on for a minute or two. Check the rice. You may need to repeat. 
  • Stay right by your pan when you put the water on to boil. As soon as it is boiling, turn off the stove, add the minute rice and cover the pan. Have your lid ready. 
  • Salt is an essential ingredient. Try to add the salt to the cooking water. Forgetting salt is one of the biggest mistakes you can make! 
  • Leftover rice should be stored in an airtight container. In fact, if you store it in a microwave-safe bowl that can go directly into the microwave from the refrigerator you’ll be ready the next time you crave rice! 
  • Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about rice from the USDA.

Watch Me Make Minute Rice

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  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Cups Minute Rice
  • Heat broth in a medium sauce pan on the stove top over high heat until boiling. While heating, add the garlic, butter, salt and pepper.

  • Once boiling, cut off the heat, remove the sauce pan from the eye, add the minute rice and place a lid on top. Wait 5 minutes (no peeking). Remove lid and fluffy rice with fork. Serve hot.

  • Have your broth and your rice pre measured before you start cooking. You don’t want to be caught with boiling water and no rice to put in! That could cause you to lose water to evaporation and make your rice dry!
  • Pre-flavor your rice by adding flavors to the cooking water. This helps cook the flavors right into the rice itself.
  • If it is time for your rice to be finished, but it still seems soupy, just put the lid back on and put the pot back on the stove eye for 30 secs to 1 minute and then turn the heat off.
  • Leave the lid on for 1-2 minutes and recheck. If still soupy, repeat. Otherwise, fluff with a fork and proceed.
  • If your rice is done and you find that it is too dry and crunchy, add a little more liquid (like ¼ cup), stir well, turn the burner back on for 30 secs to 1 minute, put the lid on. After 30 secs, turn the heat off but leave the lid on for a minute or two. Check the rice. You may need to repeat.
  • Stay right by your pan when you put the water on to boil. As soon as it is boiling, add the minute rice and cover the pan. Have your lid ready.
  • Salt is an essential ingredient. Try to add the salt to the cooking water. This makes a huge difference in the flavor of your rice!
  • The package instructions simply call for adding water and salt, no other ingredients are needed to make basic minute rice. I am giving you the recipe for how to make this rice taste great!

Nutrition Facts

How to Cook Minute Rice on Stove Recipe (Instant)

Amount Per Serving (12 cup)

Calories 197
Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 2g10%

Cholesterol 8mg3%

Sodium 1041mg43%

Potassium 106mg3%

Carbohydrates 36g12%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 89IU2%

Vitamin C 8mg10%

Calcium 17mg2%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This article was originally published on the pages of Loaves and Dishes on June 1, 2020 and has been updated with new information, recipe instructions rewritten, nutrition information updated and MORE!

A Verse to Share

How will we know that it’s the devil? He is tricky, he is a liar. He is boastful.

Daniel 7:20

I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. 

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