You Can Cook Rice In The Microwave!

This brilliant hack can save you from cooking more than you need.

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We all know that rice cookers are the best at cooking rice. A Filipino meal is never complete without steamed white rice. Your mom's chicken and pork adobo and sinigang na baboy are just not as good when you don't have a nice mound of rice on your plate to eat with it.  

There are those who are living in small apartments and condos where having more than one medium-sized appliance takes up too much countertop space. When the right proportions are used, rice is almost always perfectly cooked when you use a rice cooker. If you choose the microwave over the rice cooker, however, you may be missing out on some awesome steamed rice.  

If you still haven't mastered the art of cooking rice on the stovetop, we have great news: you can cook rice in the microwave.   

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We learned this neat hack of cooking rice in the microwave from Serious Eats. The theory is simple: add rice with water in a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and nuke it. Easy, right? It can be if you also note these tips on how to cook rice in the microwave: 

  1. 1 Prepare 1 cup rice, rinsed, and at least 1 cup water or as desired, but add an extra 2 tablespoons water to compensate for the microwave's powerful evaporation. 
  2. 2 Place a kitchen towel, paper towel, or any non-tight fitting lid. You can even place a microwave-safe plate on top. A tight-fitting lid may cause water to boil over. 
  3. 3 Microwave on High or 100 percent for 10 minutes, then 15 more minutes on Medium or 50 percent power. 
  4. 4 Fluff rice and serve.   
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It's also important to note that this method works best when using white rice. Brown or even red and black rice need too much time and water to soften and become tender in the microwave. 

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Steamed rice recipes are just waiting to be cooked in your microwave and turned into awesome meals! Try this steamed rice method and make these fried rice recipes made even better: 

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Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

Got your own version of the classic dishes? Pa-share naman! Get your recipe published on Yummy.ph by submitting your recipe here! 


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