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How to Cook Rice in the Microwave Oven

Cooking rice in the microwave is cheaper and more convenient than having a rice cooker. We’ll show you how to cook rice in the microwave, with perfect results, every time.

Why cook rice in the microwave?

Cooking rice in the microwave means less cleanup.

Cookers designed for cooking rice in microwave are usually 2-parts: a lid and a base. Both are dishwasher safe.

My rice cooker has a lid, a plastic gasket ring, a little cup for excess water, and the base. Plus, I have to clean in the narrow crevices of the cooker.

Cooking rice in the microwave means less babysitting.

If you’re cooking rice on the stovetop, you’ll need to watch the pot until the water boils, lower the heat, cover the pot,  then set the timer. Once timer goes off, you’ll have to immediately turn off heat. There’s very little wiggle room with timing when cooking on stovetop. The intense heat under the pot will overcook the rice or create burnt, stuck-in-pot rice that difficult to scrape out.

Cooking rice in the microwave tastes exactly the same.

At first, I was really skeptical that microwaved rice would be able to compete with my rice cooker.

Boy was I wrong. Fluffy, perfectly evenly cooked rice from the microwave. Side by side, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between $300 rice cooker or $16 rice cooker. Just don’t tell my husband that, okay? He’ll never let me shop for expensive cookware again.

  • Microwaved rice looks the same
  • Microwaved rice tastes the same
  • Microwaved rice smells the same
  • Microwaved rice fluffs the same

how to cook rice in microwave

Secret to cooking rice in the microwave

The secret to microwaving rice is to add the right amount of water. Too much water = soggy rice. Too little water = dry rice. Just right water = just right rice. The ratio:

1-1/2 cups raw rice: 2-1/4 cups water

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