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Brazilian Rice

Brazilian Rice

This easy Brazilian rice recipe is a staple at any Brazilian family gathering. We love serving this white rice Brazilian style with feijoada, french fries, salad and even fried eggs. This recipe will give you everything you need to make the perfect, fluffy white rice.
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Keyword: brazilian rice, arroz brasileiro, brazilian white rice, white rice recipe, perfect white rice, fluffy white rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 19kcal



  • First, start by rinsing the rice to clean it. Place the white rice in a fine mesh strainer and run cold water over it for a few minutes.
  • Next, chop and mince the garlic cloves.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the garlic cloves and saute for just 2-3 seconds before quickly adding the rice. You don’t want to burn the garlic.
  • Saute the rice and the minced garlic cloves for about 2-3 minutes or until the rice has a chalky color. Doing this will incorporate that garlic flavor into the rice.
  • Add the water and salt. Stir to combine. Continue cooking the rice and do not stir again.
  • Once the water has reduced enough to where you only have very little at the bottom of the pot and holes have formed on the surface of the rice, decrease the heat to low and cover the pot. This can take anywhere from 7-10 minutes.
  • Cook the Brazilian rice for another 12-15 minutes covered or until fully cooked.
  • Uncover the rice and mix the rice a little bit to ensure you have the right texture. Cook uncovered for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Finally serve the rice with your favorite entree and enjoy!


  • Many Brazilians saute onions and minced garlic for their rice. As you can see, I have omitted the onions in this recipe because I prefer garlic only in my rice. If you like the onions, simply dice half of an onion and saute with the garlic before adding the rice.
  • Some Brazilians cook their rice with chicken stock. If you like the way rice with chicken stock tastes, simply add chicken stock instead of water or you can use equal parts of water and chicken stock for a milder chicken flavor.
  • It’s important to use the right kind of rice for this recipe. Some brands do not cook the same way as this Tio Joao rice brand. I highly recommend purchasing Tio Joao rice by clicking here.
  • Cooking times may vary depending on the power of your stove. I have an electric stove which cooks much quicker than a gas stove. So make sure to keep an eye on how much water you have in the pot around the 10 minute mark and lower the heat if you need to.
  • This Brazilian rice recipe is going to give you a somewhat crunchy bottom. Do not mistaken this for burnt rice because it should not burn. It will still be white with a crunchy texture. In Brazil we call this “rapa de arroz” and everyone in my family loves it. If you don’t like the crunchy rice at the bottom, decrease the heat about 2-3 minutes sooner than the recommended time. You’ll need more water in the pot if you don’t want the rapa de arroz to form.


Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1171mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg