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How to cook perfect rice in the microwave
How many times have you tried to cook rice in a saucepan on the stove, only to have it either burn on the bottom of the pan or come out over-cooked and stodgy?
When I lived in South Africa, there were many different types of rice, but there was only one brand that everyone used. Its catchphrase was ‘Cooks perfectly – every time’. It didn’t matter how you cooked it, it always delivered the goods.
When I came back to the UK I really missed that rice! No matter what I tried, I always ended up with a stodgy mess – in fact, I stopped eating rice for a while. I even considered getting my daughter who still lives in South Africa, to post some over to me.
Then I experimented with cooking rice in the microwave, and guess what? Perfect rice.
With my quick and easy microwave recipe, you will get perfectly cooked rice every time. There is no need to rinse the rice first either – so this is a real time-saver.
The rice comes out perfectly cooked with every grain fluffy and light.
Word of warning – for best results use good quality rice. You can use a supermarket ‘own’ brand – but I’ve found the supermarkets normally have 2 ‘own’ brands – a cheap one and a better quality, so go for the better quality, it’s worth it.
I have tested this recipe using Basmati rice, but it will work just as well for any long-grained rice.
Easy instructions for microwave rice
You can get the complete recipe on the printable recipe card below.
To cook perfect rice, you will need the following ingredients:
The ratio of rice to water is 1 : 2 (ie 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of cold water)
Measure the rice into your container and add the water and salt.
Put the lid on the dish, place in the microwave and cook on full power for 8 minutes.
After 8 minutes take the rice out of the microwave and give it a stir. It should still be wet.
Replace it in the microwave and cook on full power for another 3 minutes.
Give it a stir with a fork – it should be light and fluffy with every grain separate.
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Recipe – Microwave Rice
- Glass bowl with tight-fitting lid
- 1 cup Rice I use Basmati
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon Salt You can adjust this to your own taste
- Place the rice in a ceramic or glass bowl with a lid
- Add the cold water
- Add salt to taste
- Cover bowl with the lid and place in the microwave
- Microwave on high for 8 minutes
- Remove from microwave and stir.
- Replace bowl in microwave and microwave on high for 3 minutes longer or until the water has all been absorbed and the rice is dry
I am not a nutritionist. The nutrition information has been calculated using an on-line calculator, and is intended for information and guidance purposes only. If the nutrition information is important to you, you should consider calculating it yourself, using your preferred tool.
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