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How to Cook White Rice in the Microwave

by Stephanie

I’ve cooked rice so many ways — a rice cooker, the stovetop, and the microwave, and cooking white rice in the microwave is the easiest for me. I don’t have to watch it. I can just set the microwave and forget it. And the best part is that it comes out perfect every time.

Title image with a brown bowl of fluffy rice.

Ingredients for making Rice in the Microwave

  • White Rice – long grain, bismati, jasmine, etc.
  • Water
  • Optional: Salt
  • Optional: Butter

How do you make Rice in the Microwave

Use a colander to wash the rice.

Transfer the rice to a large microwave-safe bowl.

Close up of adding rice and water to a microwave-safe bowl

Add the water to the rice. Add the salt and butter if desired. I usually just cook plain rice without salt and butter.

I don’t recommend adding a lid because it usually makes the water boil over, which is a big mess to clean up in a microwave.

Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes.

Give it a stir.

Set the microwave at 50% powder and cook for 15 minutes.

Allow the rice to sit for 5 minutes before fluffing.

Check the rice and see if it’s done. If not, cook it on HIGH for an additional minute or two.

That’s it! Serve it with your favorite meals.

What to serve with white rice?

Need some ideas for the main dish? Check these out:

What to do with the leftover rice?

There is so much you can do with leftover rice. Here’s a few ideas:

White Rice in the Microwave
Yield: 3 servings

White Rice in the Microwave

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • salt
  • butter

Instructions

  1. Use a colander to wash the rice.
  2. Transfer the rice to a large microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Add the water to the rice. Add the salt and butter if desired. I usually just cook plain rice without salt and butter.
  4. Microwave UNCOVERED on HIGH for 5 minutes.
  5. Give it a stir.
  6. Set the microwave at 50% powder and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  7. Allow the rice to sit for 5 minutes before fluffing.
  8. Check the rice and see if it's done. If not, cook it on HIGH for an additional minute or two.

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