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How to Cook Boil-in-Bag Rice

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author image Melissa Adele Haskin
Specializing in food and business, Melissa Haskin is a Oregon writer who received a Bachelor of Science in economics with an emphasis in business from Oregon State University. She completed graduate work in journalism at the University of Oregon and has contributed to publications such as "The Register-Guard," "Oregon Quarterly" and "Eugene Magazine."
How to Cook Boil-in-Bag Rice
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Boil-in-a-bag rice is an easy, no-muss, no-fuss way to prepare rice. You don't have to worry about measuring your rice or about your rice getting stuck to the pan. You can prepare boil-in-a-bag rice either on the stove top or in the microwave. Cooking times and the amount of water you need to use can vary slightly, depending on the brand. Using less water and reducing your cooking time will result in a firmer rice. If you want a soft rice, add more water and increase the cooking time.

Stove-Top Preparation

Step 1

How to Cook Boil-in-Bag Rice
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Bring your water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.

Step 2

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Submerge a packet of boil-in-a-bag rice in the boiling water. Boil for 8 to 12 minutes, uncovered. The rice is ready when it puffs up and takes up all the space in the bag.

Step 3

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Use a fork or tongs to remove the bag from the saucepan. Carefully cut open the bag with scissors and serve.

Microwave Preparation

Step 1

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Place the water and rice in a large microwave-safe glass bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap or a lid.

Step 2

How to Cook Boil-in-Bag Rice
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Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the rice. It's ready when it fills the space in the bag.

Step 3

How to Cook Boil-in-Bag Rice
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Remove the bowl from the microwave using a pot holder or oven mitt. Pour the water down the drain. Carefully cut open the rice packet and serve.

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