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.
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Bring your water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.
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.
Use a fork or tongs to remove the bag from the saucepan. Carefully cut open the bag with scissors and serve.
Place the water and rice in a large microwave-safe glass bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap or a lid.
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.
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.