Microwave Rice – Easy Rice in Your Galley

Image of bowl of rice for making microwave rice in galley

Microwave rice, is the easy way to cook rice aboard a boat – when you’re plugged into shore power at the dock.

Microwave Rice is also useful for those with a kick-ass solar array. And this method offsets the electric consumption by requiring a little less water, and preserving your precious supply of cooking fuel.

Those of us with modest electric supplies, no solar, or cloudy skies, will save Microwave Rice for marina visits. When you’re at anchor, use the related recipe, Stove Top Rice, it too conserves resources while making a tasty, nutritious and cost conscious staple that you’ll use in numerous recipes, no matter where in the world you sail.

Microwave Rice

  • Glass or ceramic dish
  • 2 cups rice – Basmati is my favorite
  • 2 cups boiling water (use the Electric Kettle!)
  • Plastic wrap or tight lid

In a glass dish or bowl, mix together the rice and water. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or close fitting lid. Microwave for 3 min. Stir. Microwave for 3 more minutes. Leave covered and let rest for 10 minutes while you put the finishing touches on the meal. Fluff and serve.

This makes enough for two people to enjoy with shrimp creole, stir fry or curry for dinner and have leftovers for a couple of days. Also great to make ahead when you’re taking off on a cruise.

A Stowage Tip

Note the milk jug in the photo? Milk has nothing to do with this recipe for rice, but milk jugs play an important part. My galley has a long, narrow cupboard behind the stove. I’ve found that half gallon plastic milk jugs make the perfect containers for staples in that cupboard.

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