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How to Cook Instant Rice If You've Never Done It

by
author image Natalie Smith
Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.
How to Cook Instant Rice If You've Never Done It
Instant rice is a versatile grain that pairs well with many ingredients. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Instant rice is pre-cooked rice that has been dehydrated. When you cook instant rice, you are really reconstituting it and warming it. Instant rice is a fast alternative to regular rice in dishes such as a stir fry, or in cases where cooking other types of rice isn't practical either because of time or lack of cooking equipment, such as for backpackers or college students without access to a stove.

Stove Top

Step 1

Add the water and the salt to a saucepan and heat over high heat on the stove. Wait for the water to come to a rolling boil.

Step 2

Pour the rice into the saucepan and cover it.

Step 3

Remove the pan from the heat and allow the rice to steep, covered, for five minutes. When the rice is ready, it will have absorbed the water and have a fluffy texture.

Step 4

Fluff the rice with a fork and serve the rice hot.

Microwave

Step 1

Pour the water in a microwave-safe bowl and add the salt.

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Step 2

Heat the water uncovered in the microwave for three to five minutes, or until the water comes to a boil.

Step 3

Add the rice and cover the bowl. Allow the rice to steep for five minutes. When the rice is ready it will be fluffy and the water will be absorbed.

Step 4

Fluff the rice with a fork and serve the rice hot.

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