Rice is a versatile staple grain used as a side or base for many different dishes. It’s simple to make, but using good technique to make your rice extra fluffy for certain dishes will up the overall dining experience in a subtle but impactful way. Assuming you’re not making sticky rice or sushi rice, here’s how to make your rice extra fluffy.
Rinse the Rice
Rinsing your rice will get rid of the extra starch coating the grains, which will help the pieces be more individual. Starch makes rice stickier and more glutinous, and it makes it go bad faster!
Toast the Rice
Toasting your rice with a bit of oil in the pan (toss it around a bit too) before you add water will not only add flavor but will help the grains stay totally separate and keep them from sticking together.
Don’t Open It Too Soon
In order to make sure your rice cooks fully and properly, leave the cover on the pan for 10 minutes after turning off the heat. This lets the steam dissipate into the rice and it lets it set. After waiting the full 10 minutes (without taking the cover off to check on it! Be patient!) take off the cover and fluff up the rice with a fork. Remember, fluff, don’t stir, and enjoy!