Add rice to a fine sieve and rinse with cold water, swirling your hand through the rice until the water runs clear. Let drain thoroughly.
Transfer rice and water to a pot and let soak for approx. 30 min., if desired. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer undisturbed for approx. 12 min.
Turn off heat and let rice rest for approx. 10 min. before serving. Enjoy!