How to Microwave Rice - And What Causes and How to Prevent Crunchy Rice

Interesting how there are no microwaving instructions on rice packages. This is probably because microwave ovens are indeed not all the same. As such I must advise the following instructions worked perfectly for me (900 watt microwave), but your results may vary. The following recipe is for two servings or one large serving, depending on who you ask.

How to Microwave Rice


  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 pat of butter
  • 1-and-3/8's cups of water
  •  Optionally sprinkle some salt in it
Stir a little bit as needed until floating rice is submerged.


  • Microwave for 10 minutes.
  • Let the microwave rest for a minute.
  • Then use the defrost mode for 7 minutes. The intermittency of the defrost mode is one of the things that prevents the rice from becoming crunchy.
Move some rice aside to see if there is still any water at the bottom of the bowl. If just a little, stir the rice for a minute to absorb it. If a lot, stir it all up and do another 1 or 2 minutes defrost mode.

When finished, optionally add 2 or 3 more pats butter and stir until nicely melted and mixed.

What Causes and How to Prevent Crunchy Rice

There are three things that can cause crunchy rice. It can be caused by both overcooking and under cooking.  And it can be caused by too little water.

When I began my quest to create the perfect recipe for microwaving rice, I began with the usual 2:1 water to rice ratio. In this case, one cup water and a half-cup rice. As for the cooking; I did 10 minutes at full power, a minute's rest, and then followed by 10 minutes defrost mode. This first attempt ended up with some of the rice being crunchy.

So for my succeeding attempts, I gradually increased the water and varied the cooking methodology and times. I eventually ended up with the recipe stated above. It was delicious and crunch free.

If this recipe doesn't work perfectly with your microwave, it should hopefully get you close enough so you will know what to adjust for next time.

Food to Add to Rice

As for things to add to the rice after the rice has been cooked, they are just like what you would add to beans. In other words, almost anything you like:
  • Pretty much any meat
  • Pretty much any vegetable
  • Sliced olives
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Garlic salt or whatever spice packet
I'd recommend going sparse to moderate on any and all additions the first time around.

If you want to keep it quick and simple, butter and a couple of already microwaved, sliced-up hot dogs mixed in isn't bad at all.

May all your rice recipes be awesome!

1 comment:

  1. This a great idea and thanks for posting it. Now I need to learn how to cook rice in the crockpot. It always come out soggy when I do it that way.