How to cook white rice; a plate of cooked white rice garnished with parsley

How to cook white rice without a rice cooker

How to cook rice perfectly without a rice cooker includes three ways to cook rice. In the microwave, on the stovetop and in the oven.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Nigerian
Keyword how to cook rice, microwave rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Calories 169kcal
Author Chichi Uguru


Stove top Method

  • 2 cups of rice (washed and drained)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Microwave Method

  • 2 cups of rice (washed and drained)
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Oven Method

  • 2 cups of rice (washed and drained)
  • 2 1/2 cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


Stove top Method

  • Put rice in a pot add 3 cups of water and salt stir and Turn on heat.
  • Cover pot and allow to cook for 20-25 mins or until all water is absorbed ( just as you begin to hear some crackling sound )
  • Turn off heat, move pot away from the stove top and let the rice rest in the unopened pot for 10 mins. This lets the steam finish off the cooking.
  • Fluff rice with a fork and serve.

Microwave Method

  • Put rice in a microwave safe bowl, add hot water and salt. Stir to combine
  • Cover bowl with microwave safe cover
  • Microwave on high for 25 mins let it rest for 5 mins before fluffing with a fork.

Oven Method.

  • Preheat oven to 400 F
  • Put rice in an oven safe bowl, add hot water and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Cover tightly with foil, bake for 35 mins turn off oven.
  • Bring out rice from oven. Let rice rest in the bowl for 10 mins with foil still on. After ten minutes, fluff with fork and serve


  • Not all rice are created equal. I have only tried these methods with long grain parboiled rice and Basmati rice. I won't recommend this Method for rice that gets mushy quickly like sushi rice.
  • I use less water to cook rice in the oven because there is no steam escape because of tightly covered foil inline in the case of the stove top or microwave method.
  • Use microwave safe bowl for the microwave and oven safe dishes for the oven.
  • If your oven safe dish has a tight fitting lid, you can use that instead of the foil.