Microwave Plain Rice

Microwave Plain Rice

A Little About Microwave Plain Rice

Microwave plain rice is one of the easiest microwave dishes to prepare. Some believe that microwave rice cooks better than it does in a conventional pan on the stove.

This technique was taught to me by my mother who usually stays well away from anything to do with technology. With rice cooking however, she has transitioned  from using a pot on a gas stove, to an electric rice cooker to finally almost exclusively cooking microwave rice. She swears that microwave rice is the ultimate method for cooking any kind of rice! As a Jamaican mother of six, mum knows best when it comes to rice cooking, since she has been cooking it almost every day for over 50 years. You can’t really argue with that now can you?

When you cook microwave plain rice, it never burns, never sticks and comes out perfect every time. This is so long as you use the correct amount of water which you’ll get right pretty quickly.


You’ll need

  • Microwave safe glass or ceramic dish with lid
  • 1 cup of rice per 3 servings
  • Cold water on tap
  • Pinch of salt



Microwave plain rice step by step instructions…

  1. Put the rice into the dish making sure the it only fills 1/3 of the dish. If there is more than 1/3, the reduce the amount of rice or use a bigger dish.
  2. Fill the dish of rice with cold tap water and swirl with two fingers to release the starch.The water will become a cloudy white.
  3. Pour the water out making sure you don’t lose the rice
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the water becomes fairly clear
  5. Cover the rice with double it’s height of cold tap water
  6. Add a pinch of salt.
  7. Mix and put the lid on the dish
  8. Place the dish in the microwave at full power for up to 15 minutes
  9. Fluff up the rice with a fork and serve

To Serve

Microwave Plain Rice is generally served either as a side dish and goes well with a variety of meat and vegetable meals.


Microwave Plain Rice Tips

During step 6. along with or as a replacement to salt, additional enhancements such as thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, cinnamon, creamed coconut or olive oil may be added to give your rice an extra hint of flavour. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

A delicious, exotic variation of  this recipe is Microwave Jamaican Rice and Peas which can be found here.

Click here for nutrition information about Microwave Plain Rice.

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