Arroz Primavera (Mexican White Rice)

This Arroz Primavera (Mexican White Rice) pairs deliciously with all your Mexican food favorites. It’s full of flavor and I’ll show you how to make it perfectly fluffy each and every time! 

A white bowl with Arroz Primavera with a white spoon in it.
This Arroz Blanco is perfect for many Mexican meals. Learn how to make it!

**This post was originally published on August 2020. It has been updated to be more helpful.

White Mexican Rice

This simple Mexican side dish makes great use of pantry staples to create delicious flavors with minimal work. A liquid mixture of onion and garlic is used to flavor the rice, and it’s added during the sautéting process. It results in a delightfully fluffy and savory steamed white rice.

If you need a break from Mexican Red Rice or Arroz Verde this is the recipe for you!

Why you’ll love it!

  • So healthy – It’s low fat and it’s the perfect vegetarian side dish.
  • Perfect for meal prep – It lasts in the refrigerator for the entire week!
  • Customize – You can make it your own by adding in different vegetables.

Let me show you how to make this delicious Arroz but also learn the key to making it fluffy each and every time! I swear this is the Best Mexican Rice Recipe!

A white bowl with white rice and vegetables.

The Ingredients

  • The Rice – Use any long-grain rice you have handy. You can also use Basmati or Jasmine rice as they’re considered long-grain rice.
  • White onion & garlic blended pureed in water – This is where the flavor comes from so don’t skip them!
  • Vegetable oil – Other oils like avocado, grapeseed and canola will work too. Use any mild flavored oil.
  • For the seasoning we use kosher salt and vegetable stock. Homemade is best but store bought will work as well. Buy the ones that come in the cartoon as they taste more natural vs. the canned stuff.
  • Frozen or fresh mixed vegetables (corn, peas & carrots). For these you can use all 3, just two of them or just 1. Pick your favorites! 
The ingredients for this recipe on a white marble board.

5 STAR REVIEW

This was a super easy and very flavorful rice! Followed instructions to the letter and it was PERFECTLY cooked. Do not skip the last 5 min step. That is the secret to AMAZING rice! ~ Michelle

How To Make Arroz Primavera

  1. Rinse rice: Place it in a small hole colander and rinse well with cold water. Drain to make sure it does not have any water residue.
A blender with onion and garlic.

2. Puree: In a blender or small food processor, puree the onion and garlic with the 1/3 cup of water. Set aside.

Cooking Mexican rice in a white pot.

3. Heat: In a medium saucepan, add the 2 tablespoons of oil and heat on medium high.

4. Saute rice: Once the oil is hot, add the rice and sauté until opaque. Note: Don’t let it turn golden since we want to keep the white color.

5. Add: the onion & garlic mixture to the rice and mix well. Turn the heat to medium low and let the rice absorb the onion/garlic liquid. About 2 minutes.

6. The broth: Add the salt to the broth and mix well this will ensure that the salt is distributed well on throughout the rice. Then add the broth to the sautéed rice.

7. Add the frozen vegetables but don’t mix them into the rice yet. Just leave them on top.

8. Bring it to a gentle simmer then cover saucepan with lid. Reduce heat to very low and let cook undisturbed 15 minutes.

9. Now here is the key to make sure the rice stays fluffy: Remove rice from the heat, leaving the lid on, and let rest for another 15 minutes. Remove lid and cool for 5 minutes before mixing it.

10. With a large fork gently fluff the rice and evenly disperse the vegetables.

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Worth noting again: The key for perfectly cooked rice is simmering it for 15 minutes covered with a lid to catch the condensation, then steam the rice for 15 additional minutes more. Don’t worry; it won’t be overcooked. It will be fluffy perfection!

Make this authentic Mexican white rice for your next meal.

🍽 Serving Suggestions for Arroz Primavera

Serve this rice warm as a side dish or a healthy main dish by adding any grilled meat. Here are some recipe pairing ideas:

FAQs

What is the best way to store rice?

Transfer your Mexican white rice into an airtight container, and store in the fridge for 4-6 days. Just be sure it is room temperature before you place it in the fridge. 

What kind of rice is eaten in Mexico?

Generally, the best rice for Mexican recipes is long-grain white rice. Its characteristics lend themselves a spongy texture that is perfect in Mexican cuisine.

A white bowl with white mexican rice.
The best homemade Mexican white rice is fluffy and delicious!

💫 If you make this recipe be sure to leave a rating in the comments below. You can also tag me on Instagram at @anafriasb.🙏

A white bowl with Arroz Primavera with a white spoon in it.

Arroz Primavera (Mexican White Rice)

Servings 6 servings
Ana Frias
4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
This Arroz Primavera (Mexican White Rice) pairs deliciously with all your Mexican food favorites. It’s full of flavor and I’ll show you how to make it perfectly fluffy each and every time! 

Equipment

  • Blender or small food processor
  • Heavy bottom medium pot.
6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • cup white onion chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove (or 2 smaller ones)
  • cup water
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups vegetable stock hot
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh mixed vegetables (corn, peas & carrots) See note

Instructions
 

  • Rinse rice: Place it in a small hole colander and rinse well with cold water. Drain to make sure it does not have any water residue.
    1 cup long grain rice
  • Puree: In a blender or small food processor, puree the onion and garlic with the 1/3 cup of water. Set aside.
    ⅓ cup white onion, 1 large garlic clove (or 2 smaller ones), ⅓ cup water
  • Heat: In a medium saucepan, add the 2 tablespoons of oil and heat on medium high.
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Saute rice: Once the oil is hot, add the rice and sauté until opaque. Note: Don’t let it turn golden since we want to keep the white color.
    1 cup long grain rice
  • Add: the onion & garlic mixture to the rice and mix well. Turn the heat to medium low and let the rice absorb the onion/garlic liquid. About 2 minutes.
  • The broth: Add the salt to the broth and mix well this will ensure that the salt is distributed well on throughout the rice. Then add the broth to the sautéed rice.
    1 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 cups vegetable stock
  • Add the frozen vegetables but don’t mix them into the rice yet. Just leave them on top.
    1 cup frozen or fresh mixed vegetables (corn, peas & carrots)
  • Bring it to a gentle simmer then cover saucepan with lid. Reduce heat to very low and let cook undisturbed 15 minutes.
  • Now here is the key to make sure the rice stays fluffy: Remove rice from the heat, leaving the lid on, and let rest for another 15 minutes. Remove lid and cool for 5 minutes before mixing it.
  • With a large fork gently fluff the rice and evenly disperse the vegetables.

*Ana’s Notes:

For the frozen vegetables you can use a combination of corn, peas & carrots or just one of them. Pick your favorite ones! 
Worth noting again: The key for perfectly cooked rice is simmering it for 15 minutes covered with a lid to catch the condensation, then steam the rice for 15 additional minutes more. Don’t worry; it won’t be overcooked. It will be fluffy perfection!
Storage: Transfer your Mexican white rice into an airtight container, and store in the fridge for 4-6 days. Just be sure it is room temperature before you place it in the fridge. 

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NUTRITION

Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g

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17 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was so easy to follow, this is the first time I see a recipe that tells me amount to use while doing the cooking instructions. It was very convenient not go click up to the list of ingredients to see how of this or that I needed. Thank you, GRACIAS

  2. 5 stars
    This rice dish turned out perfectly and was a great side dish for taco night tonight!! My kids gobbled up this rice and asked for seconds too!

  3. 5 stars
    I love how a few simple things can make a boring rice dish into a tasty and moreish side dish! Love how versatile this is too! Will certainly make rice this way to accompany other dishes, not only the Mexican cuisine!

    1. This is great Janet!! I’m so happy you liked it! If you double the recipe you don’t need to cook it longer. Just use a bigger pot and follow the same method. Thanks for the feedback!

  4. 5 stars
    Very very tasty. Mine came out a little wet but I think I could have just increased the simmer heat very slightly to fix. I had it very low.

  5. 5 stars
    This was a super easy and very flavorful rice! Followed instructions to the letter and it was PERFECTLY cooked. Do not skip the last 5 min step. That is the secret to AMAZING rice!