Perfect Par-Boiled White Rice Cooked in the Micro


Perfect Par-boiled White Rice Cooked in the Micro

For those of us who don’t have a rice cooker


My mother who was Dutch really was not an avid cook however she had a thing about the way she cooked her rice.  Most of the time she made it her Holland styled risotto manner which for her meant stir frying a bit of chopped onion in some butter along with some long grained rice( which she always used), and then she would add chicken bouillon and cook it covered  for about 25 to 30 minutes.  One was NOT ALLOWED to take the cover off to peek. She felt that was her trick to her “perfect” rice. Her rice was excellent and every grain was separate which she was always so proud of.  She was not a fan of the true Risotto or Japanese sticky rice.  I like to do it her way, but sometimes I get a bit busy in the kitchen and so, I have discovered this “modern” way—because I do not have a rice cooker.  This recipe is actually printed on some of the par-boiled long grain white rice packages—but not all of them.  That’s why I thought for those of you who haven’t encountered this easy painless way of cooking perfect rice, I would share the recipe.


  1.  In a microwave-safe dish, combine water and rice.  Add butter or olive oil and salt if you wish.
  2. Cover dish and place in microwave on high using the time tables below.  After continue microwaving somewhere between 50% to 70% power according to your micro.  With mine, it was 70%. So the first time, you’ll have to give your micro the power test.  Once again, follow the time tables below.
  3. Remove from microwave and let stand 5 minutes and fluff.
  4. Time Tables:
    1. For 2 servings, ½ C. rice; 1-1/3 C. water; 5 min. high power; 20 minutes 50-70% power.
    2. For 4 servings,1 C. rice; 2 ¼ C. water;  8 min. high power; 20 min. 50-70% power
    3. For 6 servings, 1 ½ C. rice; 3 1/3 C. water; 10 min. high power; 20 min. 50-70% power
    4. For 12 servings, 3 C. rice;6 C water; 15 min. high power; 20 min. 50-70% power


For easy access and printing of this and past recipes, visit Margot’s blog  Call Margot for personal cooking help @ 721-3551.

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share.


About TempInnKeeper

Margot loves people and is very energetic and organized. She is also a quick study. Her background includes having renovated, owned and operated an 1887 Victorian bed and breakfast in Paso Robles, CA for 5 years. Her guests loved her and she loved her guests. What a perfect combination. Margot’s marketing skills and love of people also was used in her career as a Realtor and in participating in many charitable non-profit organizations. Margot loves to cook and to offer concierge services to people. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland.; has lived all over CA. including Beverly Hills, in the Silicon Valley area, Paso Robles, the San Joaquin Valley as well as in Sun Valley, ID. She has traveled extensively throughout the world; is a CAL alumni (go Bears!); and also speaks French fluently and Spanish semi-fluently. Her interests are people, cooking, arts, books (look at the blog book club and join if you wish), travel, sports, gardening, painting, music, playing classical piano and animals. Margot Van Horn 208-721-3551 PO Box 3788, Ketchum, ID.

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