Microwave Rice: Quick Tip

Heather says:

Last night all four of my burners were full. There was gumbo and etouffee, collard greens and oil to fry beignets, but I forgot the plain rice.

My stepfather commented something along the lines of just microwave it. I must have given him a funny look in between turning beignets. I figured what the heck, it was worth a shot. Either it worked or we’d just have to deal with no rice or a much longer wait.

It worked well, the time may need to be adjusted for your microwave, depending on the wattage. And you need to put a dishtowel under the dish, because it will bubble over.

Use the usual 2: 1 water to rice ratio and microwave on high for 15 minutes. You may need to give it an additional couple of minutes, check a few of the grains.  (It took 16 minutes the first round and should have gone 17 the second).

That’s it. I used 4 cups of water, 2 cups of rice. And dinner was saved.

Have you ever microwaved white rice?

What’s your favorite or suprising cooking tip that you’ve learned in a pinch?



  1. Carmen on April 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Well…I'm a little late with my comment, but thought I would mention it anyway. I have been cooking my rice in the microwave for years. It saves on electricity use, even if it takes the same length of time and it is pretty fool proof. I find that I don't have spill overs as long as I use a large enough glass casserole dish.

  2. Dan on March 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I never cooked rice in microwaves. I've always boil it. But I think I'll try with some red rice. Maybe it will cook faster.
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  3. Erica Mueller on March 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Ok, so I wonder if this works for brown rice? I never cook white rice. Ever. And, I'm always thinking of making rice a little too late… I have to keep a box of minute rice on hand just in case I decide on a last minute dinner change and need rice within the hour. lol

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