Why would you want to learn how to cook rice in the microwave? After all, the microwave method is only marginally faster than using the stovetop. But, some think this method actually produces better rice.
Plus, there's the convenience factor. You can microwave, serve, and even eat your rice out of one container, eliminating at least one dish to clean. Plus, you won't have to deal with all of the rice stuck at the bottom of your pot as you do with the stovetop method (although some folks think that crust is the tastiest part!). And you never know — you could be at a vacation rental house and have a shoddy stove, making the microwave a safer bet.Whatever your reasons, here's how to cook rice in the microwave, step by step. First, a couple of notes: This method works for both long-grain (like basmati), medium-grain (like jasmine), and short-grain (like sushi rice) varieties of rice. However, the strength and wattage of microwaves differ, and that impacts cooking times. The cook times below are based on a 900-watt, 0.9-foot-capacity microwave. Check the wattage of your microwave — you may need to check your rice at increments and add or subtract a few seconds here or there (more instructions on that below). Our method gives cooking times for cooking 1 cup of dry rice. If you'd like to cook 2 cups of dry rice, follow this recipe instead. #1. Put rice and water in a microwave-safe dish. Measure 1 cup of rice and add it to a microwave-safe dish — you'll want one that can hold at least 1.5 quarts when making this quantity of rice. (We used an 8-by-8 glass baking dish.) Then, add 2 cups of cold water. #2. Place your rice in the microwave.