Cooking rice in the microwave is more convenient and cheaper than using a rice cooker. Here’s how to microwave rice with perfect results every time. How to cook rice in the microwave and whats its benefit
Ingredients for cooking rice in the microwave
- (Jasmine, basmati, regular long grain, short grain, such as the rice used for sushi)
- Drinking water
- Bowl with a lid that can microwave (large bowl, Pyrex, CorningWare, plastic pot that can microwave).
How to cook rice in the microwave and whats its benefit
- After testing six different methods, Cooks Illustrated’s test kitchen provided the best results.
- Combine 1-1/2 cups rice with 2- 1/4 cups water.
- 5 minutes on full power, 15 minutes at 50% power, 5 minutes rest
Why cook rice in the microwave?
Microwave-cooking rice is cheaper.
There’s no need to clutter your pantry with separate rice cooker appliances. I invested $300 in a Zojirushi rice cooker years ago. I only use that appliance these days when I’m cooking rice for a large crowd.
A CorningWare/Pyrex dish with a glass lid or a Nordicware microwave rice cooker cost me $16.
Cooking rice in the microwave means less cleanup.
Rice cookers designed for microwave cooking usually have a lid and a base. Neither needs to be washed.
In addition to the lid and gasket ring, my rice cooker comes with a cup to catch excess water and a base. Furthermore, the cooker has narrow crevices that need to be cleaned.
Cooking rice in the microwave means less babysitting.
If you’re cooking rice on the stovetop, monitor the water until it boils, lower the heat, cover the pot, and set the timer. Once the timer goes off, turn off the heat immediately. Cooking on the stovetop leaves little room for error with timing. Intense heat under the pot can overcook the rice or make burnt, stuck-in-pot rice difficult to scrape out.
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Cooking rice in the microwave tastes the same.
It took me a while to get over my initial scepticism about microwaved rice being able to compete with my rice cooker.
Wow! Microwave rice that is fluffy and perfectly even. The difference between a $300 rice cooker and a $16 rice cooker is not discernible side-by-side. Can you please keep that from my husband? He won’t allow me to shop for expensive cookware ever again.
- Rice that has been microwaved looks the same
- and it tastes the same
- Microwaved rice smells the same,
- too, and fluffs the same