Minute rice is a convenient variety of white rice that cooks much faster than regular rice due to partial milling and precooking of the grains. This allows it to be ready in just 5 minutes or less using either the stovetop or microwave. Here are two quick methods for preparing minute rice.

1. How To Cook Minute Rice on Stove


  • 1 cup minute rice
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • Salt, butter or oil (optional)


In a medium pot, combine the rice and water or broth. Add a pinch of salt.

Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and let sit covered for an additional 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

For added richness, stir in 1-2 tsp of butter or oil. Replace lid until ready to serve.

Cooking minute rice on the stovetop allows you to prepare enough rice for sides or meals while achieving the optimal texture. Keep leftovers in the fridge for quick lunches or snacks.

2. How To Cook Minute Rice in Microwave


  • 1 cup minute rice
  • 2 cups water


In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the rice and water.

Microwave on high power for 4-5 minutes, stopping halfway to stir.

Check if rice is tender and water is absorbed. If not, microwave for another 30 seconds and check again.

Once rice is tender and water absorbed, fluff with a fork.

For enhanced flavor, stir in melted butter, broth or herbs.

Microwaving cuts the hands-on time significantly while still achieving perfectly cooked rice with just one container. It’s perfect for meal prep or one-serve portions.

In conclusion, whether simmered on the stovetop or nuked in the microwave, minute rice cooks up quick for a carb-packed side or base for any meal. Store rice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for longer keeping. Reheat individual servings in the microwave when hungry for a convenient solution.

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