Rice In Microwave

Rice is the most widely consumed staple food in most part of the world, especially in Asia. Not to mention budget friendly! Rice goes well with any Asian dishes so we would usually have rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Paddy field in Sabah
Beautiful paddy field in Sabah, Malaysia

Other than cooking rice in a rice cooker, you can also cook rice in a pot over the stove. I however, like to cook rice in a microwave! I started cooking rice in a microwave after living in Jakarta for 3 months for work. The service apartment that I stayed in has a tiny kitchen (with a microwave) and I was able to cook when I’m sick of eating out. However, they don’t have a rice cooker and I’m not an expert of cooking rice in a pot (It tends to turn out burnt most of the time). At home, since I have a tiny kitchen with less bench space, the rice cooker is tucked away in the overhead cabinet.  I need to use a chair whenever I need to take it down and put it away – it’s kind of troublesome. So I turned to microwave!

Please note though that if you are cooking for 5 people or more, a rice cooker is the way to go unless you have a big enough bowl to put in your microwave.

Worried about microwave radiation? Read this article here.

What Do You Need?

  • Microwave
  • Rice measuring cup/any cup
  • Ceramic bowl
  • Jasmine rice
  • Water
  • Salt, optional

What Is The Measurement?

  • 1 cup of rice : 2 cups of water

I usually cook a minimum of 2 cups of rice, so that’s 4 cups of water. 1 cup of rice is enough for 2 person (depending on how hungry are you at the time 😊).

Rice cup
I’m using this cup which comes together with your rice cooker

What Are The Steps?

  1. Scoop 2 cups of rice and put it in a bowl.
  2. Wash the rice until the water is clear (I usually wash it twice).
  3. Drain as much water as possible in the last wash.
  4. Using the same cup, measure 4 cups of water and pour it in the bowl of rice that you’ve just cleaned.
  5. Put in the microwave, uncovered, and cook for 15 mins 40 secs.
  6. Leave the cooked rice for another 5-10 mins in the microwave. Don’t take the rice out immediately after the 15 mins and 40 secs is up as the rice will still be soggy.

Tips:

  • Please always cook the rice uncovered. Or else the water will spatter all over in your microwave. I’ve learnt it the hard way.
  • If the rice is too soggy, cook the rice for another minute or so.
  • I’m using jasmine rice as I find that they are more versatile and works well in microwave.
  • Remember to let the rice settle in the microwave for another 5-10 mins.
  • Always use microwave friendly bowl.

I hope you would give this a try. Let me know how it goes in the comment below.

Rice cook in microwave

Rice In Microwave

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Try this method to cook your rice next time.

Author: Caroline | Sweetest Hour
Cuisine: Asian
Keywords: Rice recipe

Ingredients

  • Jasmine Rice : 2 cups
  • Water: 4 cups – Pinch of salt, optional

Directions

  1. Scoop 2 cups of rice and put it in a ceramic bowl. (note 1)
  2. Wash the rice until the water is clear (I usually wash it twice).
  3. Drain as much water as possible in the last wash.
  4. Using the same cup, measure 4 cups of water and pour it in the bowl of rice that you’ve just cleaned. Add a pinch of salt if needed.
  5. Put in the microwave, uncovered, and cook for 15 mins and 40 secs. (note 2)
  6. Leave the cooked rice for another 5-10 mins in the microwave. Don’t take the rice out immediately after the 15 mins is up as the rice will still be soggy.

Recipe Note:

  1. Use microwave friendly bowl.
  2. Remember to cook the rice uncovered to avoid spatter.

Nutrition Per Serving (Based on 4 servings without salt):

NUTRITION INFORMATIONAVE QUANTITY PER SERVING
Calories163kcal
Protein2.9g
Fat (total)0.2g
– Saturated Fat0.1g
Carbohydrate36.4g
Sugars0.1g
Sodium2mg

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