Thank you for the “dumbed down” version of this method. I have cooked white rice in a Pyrex bowl for years but my method didn’t work for brown rice. Mine also came with a straining basket which makes it easy to strain the water after washing. finally got on this web site and saw how to cook rice-I bought a microwave cooker and it had no instructions— thanks sooo much. For the same amount of rice, it seems like if the pot was wider and shallower 1″ would allow for more water, or if it was taller and narrower, then less water. You didn’t say the power of your microwave though and I had to add a few minutes … I did 3 different kinds of rice for a salad and this was by far the easiest method I’ve ever used! Can I double the recipe & use your finger technique for the water? Any ideas on a inexpensive one? I consider myself a rice snob too — Uncle Ben’s is soooooooo not for me and I actually pitty those who think it’s “good” rice. I can only think that your wattage on your microwave is lower than 1000watt i.e. Any thoughts to solutions? After it finished the 10 minutes, I set the timer for 3 minutes. I cooked it in a glass bowl with a loose glass lid. Wash under a cold fast running tap and drain. Most people don’t have time to soak rice for hours, and don’t rave a rice steamer, so they shorten the process by cooking it. Place one cup of rinsed rice plus one and three quarter cups hot water in pot, cover with lid and microwave eight minutes at 60% power. Have you perfected the time for brown rice? Measure 1 cup of rice and add it to a microwave-safe dish—you'll want one that can hold at least 1.5 ... 2. Use a sponge to do that. However, it’s not *that* accurate lately because we are using “new” rice. when done, remove from microwave, close vents, and leave for about 5 minutes. I always do when I cook it on the stove. THANK YOU SO SO SO VERY MUCH for this article!!! And, of course, I’ve taught this first knuckle trick to my husband, daughter and granddaughter. Lastly, as several people found out, the rice will boil and come up out of the pot and over the edge and down on the microwave tray, making a mess in the microwave. How easy to remember, add water to first knuckle above the rice and voala!! I love rice so much I can eat it everyday. The added illustrations make it a piece of cake to understand and follow the instructions. Sorry if someone has already asked this question. It is absolutely wonderful, I am so glad I started following your blog; you never disappoint! This worked well so thanks for the recipe. I’ll have to put that on my list of things to create a video tutorial about. When you rinse the rice, the excess starch is removed (and also dirt). of the rice cooker. Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Food Styling by Katherine Sacks. Same here! Not even close. It is a 2-piece gadget. ! I would love to cook rice in half the time, but I am scared to death of putting plastic in the microwave. I’ve been pretty good (in my own opinion, anyway, haha) at cooking rice for many years, although I would on occasion end up with too much water or burnt grains on the bottom of the pot when I wasn’t paying attention or bothering to draw on my previous knowledge, LOL. If you use a microwave pot that has a very tight fitting lid, your lid will explode off. I ate disgusting mush tonight because i am in no position to waste food. Then put the same amount of hot water in the pan.this now should bubble up one’s that happens trun down to the lowest possible heat put the lid on tight. Cool, My bad but I have had no problems. Thanks for sharing! But if you do without water 1″, After testing 6 different methods, the best results came from Cooks Illustrated test kitchen. I obviously put too much rice in my Corningware and it boiled over. Perfect rice every time. I ordered the nordicware rice cooker and will give it a try when it arrives. This problem is easily solved by putting the pot on a microwave-safe plate that is wider than the bowl and has a little depth. About 7 1/2 minutes in I could smell something burning but could not figure out what it was. Gave it 7 minutes and accidently started a fire alarm. AND you are saving me from gagging down a 20# bag of sticky, gluey, mushy rice. There are 2 errors in the author’s cooking time advice. I inherited a Nordicware Microwave rice cooker without any recipes. If you don’t have a special pot, then use a larger microwave safe bowl, something deeper so that the water doesn’t boil over.