bowl of rice cooked in the microwave
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How to Cook Rice in a Microwave

Microwaveable rice is perfect for those who don't have a rice cooker at home or want to stand in front of a stove and cook rice. This hands off method is just as quick as making rice in a rice cooker!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: microwave rice, rice
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 1119.1kcal
Author: Hungry Huy



Long grain rice

  • 2 c long grain rice
  • 3 c water

Medium grain rice

  • 2 c medium grain rice
  • 2 ⅔ c water

Short grain rice

  • 2 c short grain rice
  • 2 ½ c water


  • Measure out your rice and rinse under running water. I like to use a strainer so it’s faster to rinse the water. Add the rice into your microwavable bowl.
  • Measure out your water and add it to the microwavable bowl.
  • Place the bowl inside the microwave and put the timer to ten minutes on the highest power level of your microwave.
  • After ten minutes, open your microwave to check on the rice. The rice should now be touching the top of the water. If there is too much water, remove enough so you barely see the rice.
  • Take a dish towel and cover your bowl and continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes and lower the level of power to half or medium level.
  • After it’s finished microwaving, leave the rice to rest for five minutes.
  • Carefully remove the rice bowl with oven mitts or towels and fluff the rice to make sure it’s evenly cooked. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 1119.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 246.7g | Protein: 20.8g | Fat: 1.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 272.3mg | Fiber: 7.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 46.9mg | Iron: 10mg