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Emeril's Perfect White Rice

Emeril's Perfect White Rice

This is a great go-to white rice recipe.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup small diced onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water


  • Place a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat and add oil. Once oil is hot, add onion and cook, stirring often, until tender but not browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, bay leaf, salt, and pepper and saute for 30 seconds. Add rice, stirring to coat in oil. Add stock and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid comes to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, and cover. Cook until liquid is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and discard bay leaf. Toss gently with a fork, replace cover, and allow rice to sit, undisturbed, for 15 minutes. Serve hot.