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Simple and Fluffy Jasmine Rice

Jasmine rice feature image.

Since jasmine rice is softer than most rices, the key is simply to use less water. Once we made this change, cooking jasmine rice became simple, easy and dependable every time. With its delicate floral aroma and fluffy texture, this is our family’s favorite rice.

What you need to make Simple and Fluffy Jasmine Rice:

jasmine rice ingredients.

How to make Simple and Fluffy Jasmine Rice:

To rinse or not to rinse? Rice is often judged on how separate the grains are, so if light, fluffy rice is what you’re after, rinsing is key. When you rinse the rice, you’re washing away the starchy dust that coats it. This results in grains that are more separate when cooked. If left unwashed, that starchy dust will cause the grains to clump together and sometimes giving the rice a gummy texture.

Rinsing the jasmine rice.

RINSE IT: Pour one cup of jasmine rice into a large bowl or strainer. I prefer to use a strainer with a large bowl below it to catch the water and aid in washing the rice. The strainer makes it a bit easier to separate the water from the rice. Once the rice is in the strainer, pour enough water so that the rice can sit submerged in the bowl. As the rice is submerged in the water, give it a few gentle swirls to release the starch. Careful not to rub the grains to hard together as they might break. Lift strainer containing the rice out of the bowl and discard the starchy water.

rinse until water is clear.

RINSE AND REPEAT: I usually repeat the rinsing process three times until the water appears clear, see image above. Once the rice has been rinsed, remove from water and drain thoroughly.

bring water to boil.

STIR IT: In a medium saucepan, add rice, water and a pinch of salt. Give it a good swirl with a spoon to separate the grains. Now, put the spoon away, as this will be the only time you will be stirring. Set the pot on medium heat on the smallest burner.

use medium high flame.

BOIL IT: Cover the pot and bring the rice to a boil. Once the rice has started to boil, keep covered and reduce heat to low and let simmer undisturbed for 10 minutes until all of the water has absorbed.

fluff the rice after it has cooked.

FLUFF IT: Remove from heat and let the pot sit covered for another 15 minutes. The image on the left shows what the rice looks like after it has sat undisturbed. Next, remove the cover and fluff the rice gently with a fork.

perfect jasmine rice every time.

Time to enjoy!

Simple and Fluffy Jasmine Rice

Simple and Fluffy Jasmine Rice

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

How to prepare perfect fluffy and dependable jasmine rice every time!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Jasmine rice
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Pour one cup of jasmine rice into a large bowl or strainer. Once the rice is in the strainer, pour enough water so that the rice can sit submerged in the bowl. As the rice is submerged in the water, give it a few gentle swirls to release the starch. Remove rice and discard water.
  2. Repeat the rinsing process three times until the water appears clear. Once the rice has been rinsed, remove from water and drain thoroughly.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add rice, water and a pinch of salt. Give it a good swirl with a spoon to separate the grains.
  4. On medium heat, cover the pot and bring the rice to a boil. Once the rice has started to boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer undisturbed for 10 minutes until all of the water has absorbed.
  5. Remove from heat and let the pot sit covered for another 15 minutes. Next, remove the cover and fluff the rice gently with a fork.

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