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Courtney Allan

How to make restaurant quality fluffy rice

How to make restaurant quality fluffy rice

Making fluffy rice that’s restaurant level quality is easier than you think.

The trick is to simply wash your rice to separate the grains before you cook them.

A thorough rinsing of the rice washes off any excess starch that would act as a glue to stick your grains together in the simmering and steaming process.

What you'll need:

  • Sieve
  • Medium saucepan with lid
  • Fork


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1½ cups water


  1. Place rice in a sieve and rinse really well until the water runs clear. This is a key step as it rinses off extra starch and stops the rice gluing together as it cooks.
  2. Place rinsed rice in a saucepan with water. Bring to the boil. 
  3. Cover with a lid and reduce to a very low simmer. Cook for 13-15 minutes. 
  4. Remove saucepan from the heat and stand covered for 5 minutes. Remove lid and fluff with a fork.

Recipe courtesy of Nine Kitchen.