Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Stir in 1 cup long-grain white rice and 1/2 tsp.
Return to a boil over medium-high heat.2.
Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until rice is tender and has absorbed all the water, 16-18 min.
(check only toward the end of cooking time).
The rice will be studded with steam holes when ready.3.
Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, for 10 min.
Fluff with a fork before serving.