7. For the fluffiest rice, rinse rice in a fine-mesh sieve until the water runs clear. Place rinsed rice in a saucepan with the amount of cold water recommended on the package. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, about 21 minutes. Don’t lift the lid while rice is cooking. Stir the rice with a fork when it’s done to separate the grains, ensuring a fluffy texture.