Mexican White Rice

When you’re at a Spanish restaurant, the white rice that you get tastes nothing like Uncle Ben’s. It’s amazing and flavorful.

Mexican White Rice

2 ½ c chicken stock
2 tbsp oil
1 ½ c med grain white rice
1 small onion, chop
2 garlic cloves, mince
1 tbsp lime juice
3 tbsp chopped parsley


In small saucepan or microwave oven, heat broth or water until steaming. Stir in about 3/4 teaspoon salt if using salted broth, 1 1/2 teaspoons if using unsalted broth or water. Cover and keep warm. In medium (3-quart) saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, heat the oil over medium heat. When hot, add raw rice and onion and stir regularly until grains have turned from translucent to milky-white, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and stir for a few seconds, until fragrant. Do not let grains brown. Add the warm liquid and lime juice, stir thoroughly, scraping down any grains that are clinging to the side of the pan.

Cover and cook over the lowest heat for 15 minutes–temperature should be low enough that only the slightest hint of steam escapes lid. Remove pan from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes. Uncover and test a grain of rice: if still a little hard, re-cover pan and set over low heat for about 5 min.; if rice has absorbed all liquid and is completely dry, sprinkle on 2 tablespoons water before returning to heat. When rice is done, sprinkle on parsley and gently fluff with fork to release steam and stop the cooking.

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