Perfect Microwave Rice

Total Time:
30 min
5 min
25 min

8 servings

  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 3 1/2 cups water or stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter or oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a large glass measuring or any microwave safe bowl. Note: the rice expands during cooking, so be sure to choose a container that is large enough. Microwave on high, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Microwave on medium-low, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Do not stir the rice at any time during the cooking process. Season with salt and fluff with a fork just before serving.

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    followed the recipe but it came out kinda wet
    Wow! I've tried several ways to microwave rice and this is the best! I rinsed the rice first twice, cut the recipe in half, and cut the first cooking time in half (high for 5 minutes) Did the last part the full 15 minutes at 40%. Awesome and not messy!
    I have used this recipe before and was very happy with it, but this time the rice is not quite done enough. I tried adding a bit more water and cooking 2 minutes longer and still was a little chewy. Am using long grain rice. Any suggestions? Have fixed it three times and can't get it quite right.
    This is my go to recipe for rice FROM NOW ON!! i used to use the overpriced quick rice but NEVER AGAIN and THIS ROCKS!!
    The recipe worked for me! I'm also without a real stove for a while, and only have an induction burner. While the dinner was cooking on the burner, I did the rice in the microwave. I only needed half the amount, so cooked on High for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes on 40%. When I took it out of the microwave, I covered it and let it sit until dinner was ready. It turned out nice and fluffy.
    smoke alarm worked!!! should have used common sense. I have never cooked rice in an open container and after this will never in the future. The dish must be covered!!! BIG STINK OF BURNT RICE! Thank God the fire department did not arrive!
    i was looking for Ina's rice recipe and i saw this recipe and decided to try it. This was the BEST rice i ever made! only recipe i will use now
    A microwave from 1962, fifty years or earlier, five years before they were small enough for home use, is really going to run up an electric bill. I'd look into a new one, as they're so inexpensive, just to reduce the bill :
     This recipe is exactly what I've been looking for. I already had an oven rice recipe I use in winter, but needed a good microwave one that doesn't leave the rice undercooked. Amazing tender rice. I hate cooking it on stove top. This is a keeper
    Super easy and great for those living in warm climates. It is perfect!
    I currently have no range/stove/oven whatever you may call it. I have a 50+ year old microwave I got from my husband's family and it does a pretty good job. It only has the setting HIGH and --- which I can only assume is medium?  
    I cooked the rice for 10 minutes on HIGH and 15 minutes on ---. And let it sit in the microwave for about 5 minutes. I am currently eating all this rice. It is AMAZING.  
    When I get a stove, I might keep cooking my rice via the old microwave. I love this quick, easy and delicious recipe to cook rice. 
    The rice came out perfectly. It wasn't sticky and it was hot and delicious!
    this is great & Simple
    This is the best rice recipe I've come across. Comes out perfect every time & no mess. I use olive oil infused with garlic & use more chicken stock than water.
    Risotto rice was cooked to perfection. This is it for me.
     Add a fried onion to the cooked rice and it's ready to serve.
    I didn't think this would work so well, but I was pleasantly suprised. I do agree that 20 minutes works better than 25. As far as microwave power, I don't have med-low but used #3 and it did the trick.
    The dissapointing result was anticipated when I realized my microwave does not have a "medium-low" setting - power levels 1 - 10 are the only options. For the second round of cooking, on a guess, I used power level 4. After 15 minutes at level 4, the rice was soggy and hard. After another 2 minutes, the top layer was crispy and 50% of the rice was still hard. I gave up and emptied the bowl into the trash.
    #3 on a 1 to 10 microwave power scale IS medium low... use #3 for the 15 minute portion of the cooking time.. it will be perfect every time..
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