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Perfect Microwave Rice

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Perfect Microwave Rice

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 12 minutesCook time: 5 minutesRest time: 6 minutesTotal time: 23 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:177 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Discover how to make fluffy and delicious rice in the microwave with this simple and convenient recipe. Ideal for busy weeknights or when you need a quick side dish, this method ensures perfectly cooked rice every time.



  1. Gather all necessary ingredients.
  2. Using a fine-mesh strainer, rinse the rice while gently stirring with your hand until the water runs mostly clear.
  3. Thoroughly drain the rice and place it in an 8-cup microwave-safe bowl or container. Add the water, butter or oil, and salt.
  4. Microwave the bowl uncovered on high power for 8 to 10 minutes, until the water is mostly absorbed and steam holes appear on the surface.
  5. Cover the bowl tightly with microwave-safe plastic wrap, a lid, or a plate. Microwave on high for an additional 4 minutes, until the rice is tender and the water is fully absorbed. Let it stand covered for 6 minutes.
  6. Uncover the bowl and fluff the rice with a fork. Taste the rice, and if it is not yet tender, cover it again and microwave on high in 1-minute intervals until it reaches the desired consistency.
  7. Serve the rice immediately.


  • – For added flavor, consider using broth instead of water.
    – Adjust the cooking time based on your microwave’s wattage if necessary.
    – This method works best with white rice. Brown rice may require additional water and longer cooking time.
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Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, but you will need to adjust the water amount and cooking time. Brown rice typically requires more water and a longer cooking period.

What if my rice is still hard after cooking?

If the rice is still hard, add a bit more water and microwave for an additional 2-3 minutes, then let it rest again.

Can I add vegetables to the rice while cooking?

Yes, you can add small, quick-cooking vegetables like peas or diced carrots during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Is it necessary to use butter or oil?

No, butter or oil is optional. It adds flavor but is not required for the rice to cook properly.

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