Dominican white rice is one of the holy grails of Dominican cooking that’s most often paired with a side of habichuelas guisadas. If you’ve never tried preparing rice al estilo Dominicano I highly encourage you to give it a try!

Arroz blanco only requires four ingredients, which are the same ones you’d find in any white rice recipe. However, when it comes to making authentic Dominican white rice, it’s all about the technique. To achieve that true Dominican flavor and texture, you’ll also need to use a caldero pot.

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Ingredients you’ll need to make Dominican white rice

  • Rice. Extra long grain rice is what you’re going to want to look for at the grocery store. Brands like Carolina and Canilla are my favorite.
  • Water. Be sure to measure accurately to get those ratios spot on!
  • Oil. You can use any neutral oil you have on hand, I always go with olive oil.
  • Salt. The only seasoning you need to make a delicious pot of white rice.

Caldero Pot

The caldero heats things up evenly and adds layers of flavor as you go. It’s a must have for Caribbean cooking!

Step by step instructions

  1. In a pot over medium heat, combine oil and salt. Let it get hot and carefully add the water.
  2. Add rice, stir, and cook until most of the water is absorbed, stirring frequently to prevent from sticking.
  3. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let sit covered for 5 minutes. Buen provecho!

How to make perfect Dominican white rice

  • Before cooking, rinse the rice under cold water a few times until the water runs clear. This helps remove excess starch, prevents the rice from becoming too sticky, and gets rid of any impurities that may be in the rice.
  • Be careful not to overcook the rice, once most of the water is absorbed then cover the pot and let it finish cooking in its steam on low heat.
  • Cook arroz blanco in a caldero pot to get that authentic Dominican flavor and texture. Trust me, the kind of pot you use makes a huge difference!

Servings tips

Storage tips

  • Store in the fridge for 3-4 days or freezer for longer. Reheat slowly on the stove or in the microwave.

Common questions

How do you get concon at the bottom of the pot?

For some extra crispy concon at the bottom of the pot, cook the rice for 20 minutes instead of 15. Giving it that extra time on the stove will give you that delicious crispy goodness you won’t be able to resist!

How do you avoid mushy rice?

To avoid ending up with mushy rice, it’s crucial to use the precise measurements outlined in my recipe. Following these measurements ensures that you achieve perfectly cooked rice every time. So, stick to the specified amounts, and you’ll be enjoying fluffy, tender grains without any mushiness!

Dominican White Rice (Arroz Blanco)

Dominican White Rice (Arroz Blanco)

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Learn the secret to authentic Dominican white rice the perfect side dish for any Dominican meal.
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Dominican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups extra long grain rice washed
  • cups water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • In a pot over medium heat, combine oil and salt. Let it got hot then carefully add the water.
  • Add rice, stir, and cook until almost all of the water is absorbed, stirring frequently to prevent from sticking. Use a spoon to form a mound in the center of the pot with the rice.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Let it sit covered for 5 minutes. Buen provecho!

Nutrition

Serving: 200gCalories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 600mgPotassium: 100mg
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