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How to Cook Perfect, Fluffy White Rice Every Time

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Perfect, fluffy white rice

Perfect, fluffy white rice

How to Make Fluffy Rice

I think we have all been there . . . the rice crisis! Mushy, sticky, burnt, soggy, crunchy, or slimy—the perfect meal ruined by a failed pot of rice.

To be honest, I’m writing this article so that my husband can refer to it. I can’t tell you how many times I‘ve heard, “honey, I made you dinner, but the rice didn’t turn out.” Don't get me wrong, hubby cooking dinner is absolutely amazing! He just needed a little help to get the rice right. I put together this tutorial so that he, and others like him, can learn. I hope you find it helpful and avoid the rice crisis in your house.

Cook Time

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1 hour

1 hour

4 cups of cooked rice

Supplies

  • Large pot with lid
  • Measuring cup
  • Sieve
  • Fork

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white rice of your choice (I used basmati)
  • 3 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Basmati rice

Basmati rice

Rinsing the rise is a very important part of the process.

Rinsing the rise is a very important part of the process.

Step 1: Rinse the Rice

Pour the rice into your sieve and rinse until the water clears. This takes 1-2 minutes. Shake the rice around or run your fingers through it as the water cleans the rice. You can place a cup underneath to be able to discern whether the water is clear.

This step is essential to wash the excess starch off the rice granules, preventing mushy or sticky rice.

Don't open the lid during cooking!

Don't open the lid during cooking!

Step 2: Cook the Rice

Put the rice, water, and butter into a pot with a tight-fitting lid. Bring your rice to a boil on medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 18-20 minutes. Do not open the lid!

The rice may look like it's done sooner, but it's imperative you allow it to cook for the full 18 minutes on low heat. Allow the rice to properly absorb and evaporate the water preventing slimy rice, and no longer than 18-20 minutes to prevent crunchy rice.

Make sure to cook the rice for a full 18 minutes.

Make sure to cook the rice for a full 18 minutes.

Step 3: Let It Rest Before Serving

Turn off the burner and allow the rice to sit in the pot for at least 30 minutes. The longer, the better. I prefer to let my rice sit for 1 hour. This is the ultimate secret to nice rice! Once you’re ready to serve, use a fork to fluff your rice as you transfer it to your serving dish.

And there you have it! The perfect white rice.

Resting in the pot

Resting in the pot

Best of Luck!

Rice is such a staple food and can generally be paired with anything! My favourite rice is basmati. I love the nutty flavour and aroma it leaves in the air while cooking.

I hope you found this method of cooking white rice simple and enjoyable. Leave your questions or comments below. Hopefully, this article will help end what I call ”the rice crisis” in your home.

Serve the rice with your favourite dish.

Serve the rice with your favourite dish.

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