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Brazilian Style Rice


In Brazil, rice is made with a slightly different method, sautéing the dry rice with garlic and onion before cooking with water. It results in tender, fluffy white rice with amazing flavor!


  • 1 tablespoon oil (I use garlic olive oil, canola works fine, too)
  • 1 small-medium onion, or 1/2 large onion
  • 34 large cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 cup jasmine or basmati rice
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Place water (a little more than 2 cups) in a tea kettle or bot on the stove and heat to boiling.
  2. In the meantime, heat a separate pot to medium heat and add oil and onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until tender and fragrant and stir in garlic. Stir for about 20-30 seconds. Add rice and continue to stir often for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add 2 cups boiling water, and salt and stir. When mixture comes to a boil, cover pot and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 20 minutes and remove from heat. Fluff with fork and serve.
  4. Yields about 4 cups of rice.