How to Cook Rice With Oil

Close-up of white rice in a rice cooker.
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Rice is a common grain that is often used as a side dish or as a complement to a meal. Although rice seems relatively simple to cook, contradictory instructions abound regarding its preparation. It is difficult to perfectly cook every grain of rice, leaving you with partially mushy rice or crunchy uncooked rice. To add in the preparation, however, some rice lovers suggest adding olive oil to the water and rice when boiling. The olive oil provides a delicious flavor and can be used to replace butter. Additionally, the oil can help prevent the rice from becoming too sticky.


Step 1

Rinse long-grain rice if you choose. Some people recommend rinsing in order to rid the rice of any contaminants. However, some rice is enriched with iron and other nutrients that can be rinsed off. Examine your rice's packaging before rinsing to ensure it is necessary. Place 1 cup rice into a bowl filled with with cold water if you decide to rinse it. Swirl around the rice and slowly drain out the water. Repeat until the water is mostly clear when drained. Drain the rice well in sieve.

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Step 2

Saute the rice before cooking it if you want the rice to be less sticky. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet set over medium heat. Add the rice grains and saute them until the ends of the rice are translucent.

Step 3

Combine the rice with 1 1/2 cups water in a heavy saucepan and add salt to taste.

Step 4

Include 1 tsp. olive oil and set the pan over high heat. Heat the water until it comes to a boil.


Step 5

Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot after the rice has started to boil. Simmer the mixture for 12 to 15 minutes or until all of the water has been absorbed.

Step 6

Remove the pan from the heat and set aside, covered, for another five minutes. This allows the rice to steam slightly.

Step 7

Fluff the rice grains with a fork before serving.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup rice

  • Bowl

  • Skillet

  • Pot

  • Salt, to taste

  • 1/2 tsp. oil

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