How to Cook Long Grain Rice in the Microwave

Updated March 23, 2017

Long grain rice can be a nice addition to a meal. If you are in a hurry, out of room on the stove or only have a microwave to cook with, you can cook your long grain rice in the microwave quickly and easily. Use brown rice to add whole grains to your meal, which are a good source of fibre and a heart healthy choice for your diet.

Mix 1 cup of rice and 2-1/4 cups of water in a microwave safe dish. If desired, you can add 1 tsp of salt and 1 tbsp of margarine or butter to add flavour.

Cover the dish and cook the rice on high for a full 5 minutes or until the water is boiling.

Reset the microwave to 1/2 power or medium and cook the rice for 30 minutes. Use a fork to fluff the rice before serving.


To vary the flavour of the rice, substitute water with juice or broth.


The rice will be hot and the dish might burn you if removed immediately from the microwave. Use oven mits for removal and let the rice sit on the counter for a few minutes to cool before serving.

Things You'll Need

  • Microwave safe dish
  • Long grain rice
  • Microwave
  • Water
  • Measuring cup
  • Margarine or butter (optional)
  • Salt (optional)
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Lynn Lauren has been a professional writer since 1999, focusing on the areas of weddings, professional profiles and the banking industry. She has been published in several local magazines including "Elegant Island Weddings." Lauren has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration, both with marketing concentrations from Georgia Southern University and Mercer University, respectively.