Perfectly Fluffy Rice

Perfectly Fluffy Rice
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Rice is a staple in many cuisines around the world. This recipe will guide you to make perfectly fluffy rice that can be a great accompaniment to any meal. Simple yet essential, mastering rice cooking is a skill every chef should have.


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil (optional)


  1. Rinse the Rice: Place the rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear. This removes excess starch and helps the rice cook evenly.
  2. Boil the Water: In a medium-sized pot, bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the salt and butter or oil if using.
  3. Add the Rice: Once the water is boiling, add the rinsed rice to the pot. Stir briefly to prevent the rice from sticking.
  4. Simmer: Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid, and simmer for 18-20 minutes. Do not lift the lid during this time to ensure the steam cooks the rice evenly.
  5. Rest: After 18-20 minutes, remove the pot from heat and let it sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes. This allows the rice to finish steaming and absorb any remaining moisture.
  6. Fluff and Serve: Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve immediately.

Perfectly fluffy rice is a versatile side that complements a variety of dishes, from savory stir-fries to rich curries. With this simple method, you'll achieve ideal texture and flavor every time. Enjoy!

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