How Much Is a Serving of Rice? | In Ounces (With Photos)

Many cooks just instinctively know how much rice is needed for the number of people who will eat the meal he or she is preparing. But, if you haven’t learned to “eyeball” the amount needed, here is the information you need to determine how much is in a serving of rice.

Most people would consider 1 serving of rice to be about 1 cup of cooked rice. This would be equal to 8.3 ounces of cooked rice. A serving of rice as a side dish will be about 4.2 ounces or 1/2 cup of cooked rice.

The amount of dry rice that makes a serving can vary by type. For your convenience, I have also included more detailed information below.

Rice Per Regular Serving Statistics

Each type of rice has different measurements. You can expect that each rice type will need different amounts of dried rice to produce 1 serving of cooked rice (8.3 ounces).

The table below can be used to help you calculate the amount of dry rice needed to produce a certain amount of cooked rice. It also indicates the number of calories in a serving of each kind of rice.

Ounces of Dry Rice in a Serving of Cooked Rice:

Dry Rice Needed to Make 8.3 Cooked OuncesCalories Per 8.3 Oz Serving
White long grain2.77 ounces205
White medium3.13 ounces242
White instant4 ounces191
Brown2.4 ounces215
Instant Brown4 ounces233
Wild Rice2.4 ounces166
A serving of uncooked and cooked white rice

Rice Per Side Serving Statistics

When planning a rice side dish to go along with your main dish, you will need about 1/2 the amount of rice used in a full serving. This works out to roughly 1/2 cup or 4.2 ounces of cooked rice. Here is another helpful table.

Ounces of Dry Rice in a Side Serving of Cooked Rice:

TypeDry Rice Needed to Make 4.2 Cooked OuncesCalories Per 4.2 Oz Serving
White long grain1.4 ounces102.5
White medium1.6 ounces121
White instant2 ounces95.5
Brown1.2 ounces107.5
Instant Brown2 ounces116.5
Wild Rice1.2 ounces83

In this video, I explain an easy-to-remember way of figuring out rice servings:

How Many Calories in 1 Ounce of Rice?

The number of calories in rice will depend on the kind of rice being examined. This information can be found in the following table.

Calories per Ounce of Cooked Rice:

TypeCalories Per Ounce
White long grain24
White medium29
White instant23
Instant Brown28
Wild Rice20
Fried Rice40
1 and 2/3 cups of fried rice made from 1 cup of cooked white rice once onions and egg are added.

More Helpful Info: The volume cooked rice takes up makes a big difference in how many calories actually are in each dry ounce. Check out my article on the topic:

  • How Many Cups of Cooked Rice Are in a Pound of Uncooked Rice?

Is Rice Healthy?

Rice is part of a healthy diet. As a matter of fact, more than half the people on the planet get 50% of their daily calorie needs by consuming rice. Even so, since rice is high in carbohydrates, most nutritionists recommend you only consume about 1 cup per meal. Rice should be accompanied by meats and vegetables for a well-rounded diet.

Choose Brown Rice

Brown rice is healthier than white rice because its bran layer remains intact, while white rice has had its bran layer polished off during processing. This layer provides many health benefits. Brown rice can help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar better and has a lower glycemic index number (55) than white rice (64).

With a higher glycemic index number, white rice is more likely to spike a type two diabetic’s blood sugar. It is important to note that high consumption of white rice has been linked to an increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Additionally, brown rice contains nutrients and minerals that can help your body transport oxygen to body cells and contains more fiber than most processed foods. Fiber works to lower your cholesterol and reduce your chance of developing heart disease.

In addition to lowering your risk of heart disease, brown rice can help lower your risk of developing cancer. It contains 3 types of phenolics, antioxidants found in plants, in its bran layer. These antioxidants work to keep free radicals from damaging normal cells. In turn, this helps to lower your risk of developing cancer.

Consuming rice can help you maintain a healthy body weight.

  • Rice is satisfying- The fiber found in rice can make you feel fuller. When you feel full, you are less likely to consume additional calories.
  • Brown rice is a whole grain- Whole grains lower your risk of becoming obese.

I think we can all agree that rice is a popular and nutritious part of daily meals around the world, and according to most sources, including the U. S. Department of Agriculture, ½ cup of rice is the recommended portion size per person for side dishes and 1 cup per person as part of the main course.

But, we should certainly also consider the people we are cooking for when planning the amount to prepare. If our children are very small and are not big eaters, they would more than likely eat smaller portions than teenagers involved in sports and prone to be heavy eaters. I mean, it makes sense. A very large person will almost surely eat more than a very small person.


Most Southern cooks will tell you that the basis for a large number of their meals includes rice of some kind, steak with rice and gravy; dumplings over rice; fried chicken with rice and gravy; rice dressing; chicken & wild rice casserole, you get the picture.

Just keep in mind that the information in this article is only a general guide for your use until you become familiar with the eating habits of the people you most often cook for. I hope this helps, and thanks for stopping by!

Jelly Grandma

For more, don’t miss Do You Cover Rice When Cooking? (I Tested Both Methods).

Anne James

Anne James has a wealth of experience in a wide array of interests and is an expert in quilting, cooking, gardening, camping, mixing drinks (bartending), and making jelly. Anne has a professional canning business, has been featured in the local newspaper as well as on the Hershey website, and has been her family canner for decades. Anyone growing up in the South knows that there is always a person in the family who has knowledge of the “old ways,” and this is exactly what Anne is. With over 55 years of experience in these endeavors, she brings a level of hands-on knowledge that is hard to surpass. Amazingly, she doesn’t need to reference many resources due to her vast wealth of experience. She IS the source. Anne wants nothing more than to pass on her extensive knowledge to the next generations, whether that be family or anyone visiting her website, her YouTube channel, or

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