Microwave Rice Cooker

One of the best things about microwaves is the versatility they bring to the kitchen especially when paired with a useful cooking accessory. Perhaps one of the most effective of these is the microwave rice cooker which aims to help you cook your grains much more effectively.

Below we will take a look at:

  • What Is A Microwave Rice Cooker?
  • How Do You Cook Rice In A Microwave Rice Cooker?
  • What Is The Ratio Of Water To Rice In The Microwave?
  • What Is The Best Microwave Rice Cooker?

What Is A Microwave Rice Cooker?

A microwave rice cooker is a kitchen accessory that is designed to help you cook rice as efficiently as possible using your microwave.

They are usually designed to act as steamers for your rice essentially trying to replicate a conventional rice cook.

What Are The Benefits Of Microwave Rice Cookers?

There a few main benefits to microwave rice cookers:

Reduced Loss of Grains

A major frustration for a lot of people when cooking rice in a pan or even in some cases on dedicated power rice cookers, is the fact that a lot of the grains end up getting stuck to the actual pan.

The amount of wasteage typically only becomes apparent once you have soaked the pan and cleaned it out. With a microwave rice cooker, the amount of wasteage can be reduced significantly as they tend to be non-stick. As no direct heat is applied to the base of the pan, there tends to be less wasteage.

Easier To Clean

Another pain point when cooking rice in a pot on the stove or conventional rice cooker, is how difficult it can be to clean the dishware afterwards. The rice grains can get stuck on tightly to the cookware especially if there wasn’t enough water in the mixture or the rice ends up slightly overcooked.

Cleaning the pans can be a tricky task requiring soaking in water sometimes for a number of days before the rice comes off with ease. In addition, it can sometimes leave the pan damaged.

With a microwave rice cooker, as the grains tend not to stick to the bottom, you do not have this issue to deal with.

How Do You Cook Rice In A Microwave Rice Cooker?

Cooking rice in a microwave rice cooker is relatively straightforward. You can typically measure the amount of rice you need using a standard cup/mug and a lot of rice recipes tend to be stated in cups.

Once you’ve got the water you need based on your recipe and grain type, you mix the two into a microwave rice cooker and give it a stir before you start cooking it (not during).

You then cover the rice with any lids that are provided with the rice cooker and seal it.

A lot of the ones available on the market will come with lids equipped with steam vents to get the best results. You then place the cookware in the microwave and use the suggested settings (time and power level).

What Is The Ratio of Water To Rice In the Microwave?

The ratio of water to rice in the microwave will depend on how firm/soft you like your rice. However, a lot of recipes will call for twice the amount of water to the rice.

So if you are cooking 1 cup of rice, they would advice 2 cups of water. This may vary depending on the type of rice you are cooking and how you like it done. If you like your rice softer you may want to add more water.

If you intend to cook the rice then mix it into another dish for cooking further then less water may be an idea to keep it firm before you complete the process.

What Is The Best Microwave Rice Cooker?

Let’s take a look at our favourite microwave rice cooker.

Sistema Microwave Rice Cooker

There are plenty of options on the market for microwave rice cookers but this is our #1 pick simply for how well it cooks rice with pretty much next to no loss of grains.

It’s one we’ve used for a number of years and have always been impressed by the feel of the quality build of the product, as you would expect from Sistema.

Designed to help retain the moisture within the cooking chamber, the Sistema rice cooker does a great job of providing well cooked rice with great yield.

Quite usefully it comes with a handy rice spoon to help with serving.