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How to Cook Rice in a Microwave


How to cook rice in microwave

How to Cook Rice in a Microwave

It is possible to cook moist, fluffy and evenly cooked rice using a microwave oven. Use a microwave-safe tall casserole with lid or microwave rice cooker for this recipe.

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 9 mins


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1.5 cups water


  1. Add rice to the casserole and rinse rice until the water runs clear/opaque (depending on your preference). Discard rinsing water. Measure and add 1.5 cups water to the rice in the casserole.
  2. Cover with lid. Microwave the casserole on high power for about 9 minutes.
  3. Let the cooker sit for a few minutes before opening. Stir and fluff the rice with a spatula or fork before serving.

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14 Responses to “How to Cook Rice in a Microwave”

  1. B — February 19, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    Useful tip! Survived on this when overseas!


  2. Little Corner of Mine — February 20, 2013 @ 12:00 am

    Interesting! Wish I have known about cooking rice in a microwave when I was in college.


  3. tigerfish — February 20, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    The rice looks perfectly cooked. Too bad, no microwave at home.


  4. Kelly — February 20, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    I didn’t invest on a rice cooker after I moved to KL so I usually just cook it on the stove in a saucepan. Quite fast too, but I think microwave is even faster!


  5. Mary — February 20, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    Hahah my dad used the micro when our old rice cooker broke. But it wasn’t very yummy at all so I just assumed microwave = bad! Your version looks yummy (though I hope our family rice cooker will last a long time!)

    I don’t know if you ever cooked rice on the stove top as well, but that can produce great results too. My friend’s dad is an amazing cook and he always just uses the stove top to make rice. (:

    Anyway… I like the taking it back to basics idea and hope to see more!


    • wiffy replied: — February 20th, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

      I have cooked rice on the stove top before with great results (soft, fluffy rice) but lazy me uses the rice cooker for daily cooking, as it is next to almost no effort at all. Thanks and will feature more basic kitchen tutorials in future :)


  6. Juliana — February 21, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    Oh! I have never seen this gadget :) Indeed very useful since we all have microwave.
    Thanks for the post and hope you are having a great week!


  7. Deedee — February 21, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    I’ve been searching high n low to find a good rice cooker…bt those that I bought cannt keep the rice moist after a few hours..always end up dry n hard n chao ta at the I give up on rice cooker..just wondering is there a rice cooker that can keep rice moist after several hours on “keep warm” mode? If no, then I will switch to microwave or stove top methods. Thanks for this post, really came in time. :)


    • wiffy replied: — February 21st, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

      I’m using a zojirushi rice cooker. The rice do not become dry or chao ta at the bottom after keeping warm. The rice cooker is a bit more expensive than the basic keep warm/cook type, but well worth the investment in my opinion if you cook regularly. And I also like that it can cook porridge (takes longer than stove-top but I don’t have to eye-ball).


  8. Fiona Cheng — February 21, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    Hey! I went to purchase one straightaway after I saw this post and am trying this out tonight. It is inconvenient for me to cook with a rice cooker where I am living now.

    But just wanted to add in that I went to Cold Storage NEX & NTUC NEX to find it… And everyone said it was OOS, and might be/most probably OOS elsewhere as well. So just letting everyone know that you can get one at ISETAN Nex at $19.00 but comes with more accessories like steaming basket, steaming basket prop and a measuring cup in addition to what this one has.

    Just extra info.
    Thanks for introducing this to me! Will see if the results are good tonight :D


    • wiffy replied: — February 22nd, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

      Hi Fiona, thanks for sharing where you bought yours. The one you got sounds good with the extra accessories. Hope you had good results on your first attempt :)


  9. angela wang — February 27, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    I use rangemate for any microwave cooking. Haven’t tried cooking rice with it yet. :P I am inspired by your post to try it hehe


  10. mel — August 1, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    is this for instant rice or long cook rice ?


    • wiffy replied: — August 2nd, 2013 @ 10:38 am

      This tutorial is for non-instant/normal white rice.