Brazilian Rice Recipe

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This Brazilian white rice recipe is a good one to know! It’s the perfect side dish to just about anything, it’s fluffy, and full of garlicky flavor and it’s super easy to make. Plus, read on through to get my best tips for cooking perfect rice on the stove. You’ll never eat boring or mushy rice again!

Brazilian rice recipe

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What is Brazilian Rice?

Arroz Brasileiro aka Brazilian rice is rice that’s sautéed with garlic or onions, or BOTH! Generally, regardless of type, a Brazilian rice recipe for a side dish is prepared like this. Sauté a couple cloves of minced garlic, or your bff Brazilian Sofrito, in a little oil, add in the rice, season with salt, cover with water, let it cook and then boom – done!

About Brazilian White Rice recipe

White rice, or how we call it, arroz branco, is a big deal in Brazilian cuisine, so much so that Brazil is one of its top consumer in the world. A lot of Brazilian traditional dishes uses white rice as part of the dish itself or as a side dish. White rice shines bright at the side dish table of most Brazilian barbecue parties, but the most common, most known, most Brazilian dish there is is arroz e feijão, Brazilian rice and beans.

Needless to say, I’ve been cooking rice my whole entire life. It was one of the first things my mom taught me how to make, and trust me, if it was mushy or a sticky mess, no one ate it! Twelve-year-old me would have to re-do it until it was perfect.

Cooking rice is an easy skill everyone should master, but many people are afraid of. I’m so excited to walk you through all the basics of how to cook perfect rice, and then show you how to make perfect Brazilian rice.

I know you’ll love this Brazilian rice recipe!!

Bom Apetite!

Beijinhos!! xoxo

brazilian white rice recipe

How to cook rice on the stove FAQ:

Before we get on with the Brazilian rice recipe, let’s walk through some of the most important questions on how to cook rice on the stove.

Should you wash rice?

You really don’t have to wash the rice to make it fluffy and perfect. If you’re using a good quality rice, the grains already go through a “polishing” process that eliminates impurities and all that extra starch that makes the rice overly sticky.

Having said that, if you really feel that you have to wash rice, go ahead. Just know that you should strain all that excess water, and let the rice dry a good 10-15 minutes before you cook it. But, the most important thing to note if you choose to wash your rice before cooking is, the rice to liquid ratio will change. That’s because, when you wash rice, the rice already starts to absorb moisture, and if you add the same amount of liquid you would to dry rice, you’ll end up with mushy rice.

What is the ratio of rice to water?

As mentioned earlier, your rice to water ratio will be different for dry rice and washed rice.

Dry (unwashed) rice = 1:1.5 – This means that for each cup of dry unwashed rice, you’ll need 1.5 or 1 1/2 cups of cooking liquid.

Washed rice = 1:1.25 – This means, for each cup of washed rice, you’ll need 1.25 or 1 1/4 cups of cooking liquid.

How to make Brazilian Rice

Step 1 – Heat up the oil and sauté the garlic.

Step 2 – Add the rice, season with salt and stir to combine.

Steps 3 & 4 – Add the liquid and quickly bring to a gentle boil with the pot uncovered, on medium-high heat.

Step 5 – Cover (preferably with a glass lid) and reduce the heat to low-medium to bring the liquid down to a simmer.

Step 6 – Let the rice simmer covered until all water has been absorbed.

Steps 7 & 8 – When it looks like the water has been absorbed, quickly open the lid, and check with a fork. If all the water is gone, do a taste test for texture. The rice should be soft on the outside and feel undercooked on the inside when you bite into it – this is exactly what we want. Quickly cover the pan again, turn off the heat, and let the pot sit covered for another 10 mins. During this time the residual heat will finish cooking your perfectly fluffy rice, so resist the temptation and don’t peak!

Tip: The residual heat and the steam in the pan is what will finish cooking your rice. So, it’s really important you go through step 8 very quickly because every second you spend with that lid open, you’re losing heat and precious steam to get your rice perfectly cooked.

After 10 minutes…

Uncover the pot and give the rice a minute or two to breathe fresh air. After that, fluff with a fork, and seriously take a moment to congratulate yourself… you just made perfect rice. Congrats!!

brazilian white rice recipe

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What is the best rice to use in this recipe?

  • Medium or Long grain white rice
  • Basmati rice
  • Jasmine rice

Brands I recommend:

  • Tio João – this is a Brazilian rice brand that I simply live by. You can find it at any Brazilian market in your area, or on Amazon.
  • Lundberg – you should be able to find this brand of rice in any grocery stores such as Vons or whole foods. Amazon has it as well.
  • Whole Foods 365 brand – sold at Whole Foods, 365 Markets and of course, on Amazon.

More tips for cooking rice:

  • Never boil – The key for perfectly fluffy rice is to avoid an aggressive boil, as this would make the water evaporate faster than the rice absorbs it. Stick to a gentle boil first, then immediately reduce to a simmer, then simmer all the way through the end. For your reference, a gently boil means the liquid is starting to boil and you can see small bubbles with larger bubbles starting to pop somewhat rapidly. A simmer means the bubbling of the liquid has been reduced to smaller, similar sized bubbles, popping at the surface at a somewhat constant rate.
  • Use a glass lid – since steam is gold in rice making, using a pot with glass lid is really helpful. I’ve been using the 2-quart sauce pan from this Calphalon set for forever now and love it.
  • Speaking of pots and pans, make sure you use the appropriate size pan for the amount of rice you’re making. If your pan is too big or too small, it can lead to undercooked or overcooked rice, or cause spillage and make a mess! A general guideline is to use a 2-quart pan when making a cup of dry rice, and when you double the amount of rice, double the size of the pan.
  • Never ever EVER open the pan!
  • Don’t cut the 10 mins of resting short – seriously, set a timer!

How to make tasty rice?

Here are some ideas to make white rice more flavorful:

  • Use stock instead of water
  • Sautee onion and garlic
  • Add herbs to the cooking liquid
  • Don’t forget the salt!

How long will rice last in the fridge?

4 to 6 days. Just put the rice in a fridge safe air tight container, let it cool off completely then cover it.

Can I freeze rice?

Yes you can! Rice freezes well for 3-4 months.

Troubleshooting

Oh man!! Why is my rice mushy?

The good news is, and I swear to you, meus amigos, you should never get mushy rice by following the ratio guidelines we reviewed here. It’s impossible! The only way to get mushy rice is by adding too much liquid. So, if after carefully following these steps your rice turns out mushy, then, there was perhaps an issue with measuring the ingredients? Sadly, there’s no real fix for this. It’s best to start over if you have time.

Yikes!! Why did my rice burn?

  • Heat might have been too high
  • Pan might have been too big for the amount of rice you’re cooking. I use a 2-quart pan to make one cup of dry rice. So, when I double the recipe, I double the size of the pan as well – 2 cups of dry rice, 4-qt pan etc. That’s important because, using a pan that’s too big for not enough rice, means there’s more surface to distribute heat, and less volume of rice. This makes the water evaporate too quickly and it may lead to burned rice (sometimes undercooked too).

Gahhh!! Why is my rice undercooked? And how to fix it!

  • This can happen if the lid of your pan doesn’t “close” properly, or maybe you didn’t resist and you took a little peak here and there, did ya?
  • Or maybe, you lost track of time and thought the rice rested covered for 10 mins, but maybe it was less than that? (Seriously, set a timer! Or just ask Alexa or Siri to do it for ya! LOL)
  • Or maaaybe, instead of simmer, the liquid was boiling, causing the liquid to evaporate faster than the rice could absorb it.
  • The Solution: Just put the pan back on the stove over medium heat and add just enough liquid to create a little steam again, like 2-3 Tbsps of liquid, and start back over at step 5. Be sure to not skip the 10 mins steam rest and no peaking!

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5 from 28 votes

Brazilian Rice Recipe

This Brazilian white rice recipe is a good one to know! It's the perfect side dish to just about anything, it's fluffy, and full of garlicky flavor and it's super easy to make. Plus, read on through to get my best tips for cooking perfect rice on the stove. You'll never eat boring or mushy rice again!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Aline Shaw

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of uncooked rice unwashed
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp of oil canola, vegetable or olive oil
  • Salt to taste 1 tsp per cup of dry rice
  • 1.5 cups of cooking liquid *see note below water, or stock

Instructions

  • In a medium sauce pan, heat up the oil
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and light gold
  • Add the rice, season with the salt and stir for about a minute
  • Add the liquid and bring to a gentle boil
  • Reduce to a simmer, cover and let it simmer until all water has been absorbed (try not to peak – we don’t want to lose steam that’s precious for the next step!)
  • Turn off the heat and let the rice pot sit covered for another 10 mins – steam
  • Open the pot, then "air" the rice for a minute or two. Then, fluff with a fork, and serve!

Bom Apetite!

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    Notes

    Please see step by step details, and photos above.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cup | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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    39 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      This rice was SO dang good! I can’t believe how good it was, and how easy it was to make! I don’t want to eat rice any other way, now!

    2. 5 stars
      These instructions make this rice foolproof! The flavor in this dish is wonderful, while it would make the perfect side, it’s amazing on it’s own!

      1. Thank you, Whitney!! Glad the instructions helped you make perfect rice 🙂 And I totally agree with you that this rice is great on its own!! I eat it like this all the time ahaha

    3. 5 stars
      This Brazilian white rice recipe is making me super hungry that I could here my tummy growl. I can’t wait to try this rice that’s sautéed with garlic or onions.

    4. 5 stars
      I don’t remember making Brazilian rice at home before, so this looks like a great opportunity to do it. Fantastic-looking rice that will be the perfect side to so many of my favorite dishes!

    5. 5 stars
      This easy rice recipe is the perfect side dish for dinner. The garlic can be like and not overpower anything that you serve as the main dish.

      1. You’re so welcome, Analida. I hope you don’t run into any issues, but if you do, you have the tips on hand – any other questions, just give me a shout!! xx

    6. 5 stars
      I’m one of those people who has been making rice the same way for decades. But, tonight I tried your recipe and can’t believe how much better plain old rice can be. This is how I make rice now! Thank you!

    7. I am making this tonight with your Brazilian Beef Stroganoff recipe. Question … when you say “stock” do you have a specific stock you use? Vegetable, chicken, bone, beef?? Also, do you ever use sofreto in this?

      1. Hi Kami! Exciting!!! To answer your question, yes! I totally also use sofrito here, just use a tsp or two and you’ll be good! As for the stock, when I use it, I tend to go for chicken. Have fun!! Beijos xx

    8. 5 stars
      I love the recipe. I have made it a couple of times already and it has come out great. I have a question. I am planning to help cook a community dinner for up to 100 people later this year and would love to include this rice. How long can I hold this rice after cooking it? When we cook for a crowd we usually try to cook the rice at least 1/2 hour ahead of time and keep it in a warmer or on the stovetop until service. Muito obrigado por ayudarme!

      1. Hi David – de nada!!! Yes, you can hold the rice even for a few days… just make sure it’s refrigerated. Then for this quantity, I’s day to warm up stove top… add a couple splashes of water to add some moisture back and you should be good 🙂 Have fun!

        1. 5 stars
          Thank you for your help, Aline. I just might decide to make a Brazilian feijoada as our main dish. I’ve never made it before. Wish me luck! Oh I wonder if by any chance you have a secret recipe for this amazing Brazilian dish? Let me quick do a search!!

    9. 5 stars
      É uma receita legal, daí agradeço.

      First time I made this I made the shameful error of using too much oil, second time I nailed it and this is how I am going to always do my rice now. You have yourself a new fan!

    10. OI !
      If I am making for 20 people or more, can I do the ingredients 6 times or doI do more ? I would be using a bigger pot, right ? Muito obrigado !

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