While you can cook rice in a saucepan or rice cooker, you can also save time by cooking it in the microwave. You can cook both brown and white rice in the microwave in minutes. Then add flavor to the rice and serve.
- Chicken / vegetable broth (optional)
- Spices (optional)
Part 1 of 3: Mix rice and water
Step 1. Rinse the rice
Rinse the rice you plan to use under the tap. Use a strainer or similar utensil to do this. After the rice has been rinsed off, you will need to shake the strainer to drain any excess water.
Step 2. Look on the packaging for the portion sizes
Rice is mixed with water before cooking, but the exact proportions vary. Check the packaging for the rough rice to water ratio. Most brands of rice use two parts rice to one part water.
More water makes your rice mushy and less makes it tougher. If you want a mushy or chewy consistency, add more or less water than indicated
Step 3. Put the rice and water in a microwave-safe bowl
Make sure the bowl you are using can be used in the microwave. That should be on the bowl. If you can't tell if one bowl is microwave safe, consider using a different one. Add the rice and water to the bowl.
- Make sure to use a bowl that is slightly larger than necessary as rice expands as it cooks. In addition, it does not boil over so easily with a larger bowl.
- There is no need to stir the ingredients when cooking rice.
Part 2 of 3: Prepare the rice in the microwave
Step 1. Cook the rice in the microwave over high heat
Set the microwave to the highest heat setting it has. Cook the rice for ten minutes. You must not cover the rice while doing this.
Step 2. Then continue heating it in the microwave, but on a low heat
When the ten minutes are up, you will need to turn the microwave on to low heat. Continue heating the rice for about 15 minutes. Don't cover him.
- Brown rice may take longer to cook than white rice. If you're cooking brown rice, you may need to heat it for an additional 20 minutes instead of 15 minutes.
- Do not stir the rice while you are doing this.
Step 3. Fluff the rice with a fork
After the 15 minutes, your rice should be ready. Take a fork and loosen it up.
- If the rice is still hard when you want to fluff it, cook it for a few more minutes, then check again.
- Be careful when you take the rice out of the microwave. If water has boiled over, wait a few minutes. Use oven gloves.
Part 3 of 3: Adding flavor to your rice
Step 1. Season it traditionally with salt, pepper and butter
You can add some salt, pepper, and a spoonful of butter to your rice to give it a classic taste. You can add butter to the water before you cook the rice, or let it melt in the rice after it has cooked.
Step 2. Add spices to other dishes
If you're serving the rice as a side dish to another dish, add spices from that dish to the rice. This will add flavor to the rice and it will pair well with the other foods you make.
For example, if you're making salmon, you can add salmon marinade to the rice after it's cooked
Step 3. Use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water
If you want to add flavor to the rice when you cook it, cook it in chicken or vegetable broth instead of plain water. If you use too much chicken stock or water, the rice can taste floury. Therefore, you should use a 50/50 mixture of vegetable / chicken stock and water.