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This recipe provides a hassle-free method for cooking rice using your microwave. Whether you’re in a rush, have limited stovetop space, or simply prefer a convenient cooking method, this microwave rice recipe is perfect for you. In just a few simple steps, you’ll have fluffy and perfectly cooked rice ready to enjoy as a side dish or as a base for your favorite recipes. Let’s dive in and discover how to make quick and delicious rice using your microwave!

Rice In A Microwave

Cooking rice in a microwave is a convenient and time-saving method that yields fluffy and perfectly cooked rice. This quick and easy recipe requires rinsing the rice, combining it with water and salt in a microwave-safe bowl, covering it, and microwaving it in two stages. After the initial cooking time, the rice is fluffed and stirred before being cooked for an additional few minutes. A resting period allows the rice to steam and finish cooking. Finally, the rice is fluffed again with a fork and ready to be served.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course culinary tradition
Cuisine side dish


  • Microwave
  • oven mitt
  • Strainer
  • fork


  • rice
  • water
  • pinch of salt


  • Place the rice in a fine-mesh sieve or strainer and rinse it under cold water until the water runs clear. This step helps remove excess starch from the rice.
  • Transfer the rinsed rice to a microwave-safe bowl. Add 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt if desired. The ratio of rice to water is usually 1:2, but you can adjust it based on your preference and the type of rice you are using.
  • Use a microwave-safe lid or a microwave-safe plate to cover the bowl. This will help trap the steam and cook the rice evenly.
  • Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high power for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, carefully remove the bowl from the microwave (it will be hot), and use a fork to fluff the rice. Stir it gently to distribute the heat evenly. Then, cover the bowl again.
  • Place the covered bowl back in the microwave and cook for another 5 minutes on high power.
  • Once the cooking is complete, let the rice sit in the microwave for 5 minutes without removing the lid. This resting time allows the rice to steam and become fully cooked.
  • After the resting time, remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve it hot as a side dish or as a base for your favorite recipes.


Cooking times may vary depending on the wattage of your microwave, so you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Use oven mitts or kitchen towels to handle the hot bowl and lid to avoid burns.
Be cautious when removing the lid to prevent steam burns.


Serving: 120g
Keyword white rice
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