Brazilian-style white rice Fast2eat

So what’s so special about the way Brazilians cook rice? What makes this so different is that we fry it in oil with minced garlic and sometimes chopped onion before adding water. I dare you to try this way and tell me you prefer plain tasteless rice instead. I know that you will never go back to eating boring unseasoned rice again.

This is how to cook the perfect fluffiest flavourful rice! It’s not hard at all but, like hard-boiling eggs, cooking rice is one of those tasks that appear to be easy but can go wrong quickly if you don’t follow the right steps. Here are simple instructions that will help you make rice that turns out light, flavourful and fluffy every time. The secret is not to let it overcook because it should come out loose and not sticky.

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Brazilian Style Rice Fast2eat

Brazilian Style Rice Fast2eat Recipe

Rice is a very important part of the Brazilian cuisine and is served at least once a day. This way might be your answer for making delicious and fluffy rice at home.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 5 people


  • 1 tbsp Oil - (vegetable oils keeps the rice white; Olive oil will tint it slightly)
  • 2 tsp Garlic
  • 1/2 Onion - small chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Rice - uncooked long grain white or jasmine or basmati rice - I used Brazilian Tio João - In Canada, buy it here
  • 1 3/4 cup Water - boiled (1 ½ to 2 cups)


  • Wash and drain rice. Rinsing rice helps get rid of any starch and impurities. Place the rice in a large Strainer and rinse thoroughly with cold water until the water runs clear and not cloudy. Drain all the water set aside to dry.
  • Boil water using an Electric Kettle. While the water boils, you prepare the rest.
  • Chop the onions (if using) with Electric Chopper and garlic finely (or use this Minced Garlic).
  • Place a Saucepan (rice gains 50%-60% volume after cooked, so choose something with room) over medium heat and add the oil. Add the chopped onions (if using), garlic and salt. Sauté until translucent, soft and fragrant, stirring constantly to not let brown.
    Brazilian Style Rice Fast2eat
  • Add the dry rice to the pan and stir (a practice known as “refogar”) until there is no more water, making sure that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan (do NOT let brown). That seals the grain and also lubricates it, guaranteeing a loose rice at the end.
    Brazilian Style Rice Fast2eat
  • Pour 1 ½ to 2 cups of boiling water to the rice, and stir. You can adjust the amount of water used depending on whether you like your rice more al dente or less. So if you like your rice a little al dente, use a little less water. If you like it soften, cook with more water. When water is finally added, it should be given generously, and the rice is then finally put to boil.
    Brazilian Style Rice Fast2eat
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Place the lid on the pot at an angle, tilting it to allow steam to escape. Do NOT stir it any more time.
    Brazilian Style Rice Fast2eat
  • Allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until al dente. Look for "craters" after the rice has been cooking for a few minutes, when you stop hearing the water boil and all bubbles on surface have disappeared and the water has all absorbed and/or evaporated, check for holes or “craters.” Check it often in case the water has dried out and is burning your rice.
  • When you can see holes or craters, put the lid on tight. Turn off the heat and let the rice sit untouched for 5 more minutes.
  • Taste and adjust salt if necessary.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve as a side dish.


This rice will keep fine in the fridge for up to a week. It is important to sauté the onion (if using) really well, because if not, the onion will get bad and sour fast and so will your rice.
You can use this cooked rice for so many other recipes: Brazilian Greek Style Rice (Arroz à grega), rice with broccoli, Walnut rice, Raisins rice...

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Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.

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