How to Microwave Brown Rice

// How to Microwave Brown Rice

Prep Time

1 min

Cook Time

30 mins

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 Caution! Before cooking grains of any kind, you absolutely must lower your microwave’s power level. If you skip this step (or fail to change your PL properly*) the rice will burn and you could severely damage your Anyday Dish. For detailed instructions on how to change your power level,  read our blog post on how to do it.

The microwave makes fluffy rice perfectly every single time. Both short and long grain brown rice work with this faster cooking method.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

The best dish for 1-2 portions of grains, veggies, mac and cheese, ramen, and more.

The Anyhand Mitts

Handle hot Anyday dishes with care with these microwave mitts that double as trivets!

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Select your serving size and microwave wattage in the dropdown. The recipe will change accordingly.

1/2 cup brown rice

Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w


  • ½ cup brown rice
  • ¾ cup (150ml) water


  1. Add the rice and water into the Anyday and stir to combine.
  2. Cover with the lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave at Power Level 5

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 


    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 30 minutes the water is almost fully absorbed and the rice is tender.
  3. Allow the rice to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add spices such as curry powder, paprika, garlic powder, or any other flavoring to the rice and water for quickly seasoned rice.
  • Add some parsley, olive oil, and lemon zest to turn this ingredient into a delicious side dish.
  • Add currants, raisins, or cranberries and cook as directed for a simple and tasty dish.

Recipe notes

  • Always use an Anyday Deep Dish to cook grains (the water will likely overflow in the Shallow Dishes). Do not cook more than the max quantities listed above.
  • If it’s taking longer than expected, increase the power level by 1. If it’s bubbling over, decrease the power level by 1.
  • Different brands of brown rice have different amounts of bran on the rice kernels, which means they may require slightly different water ratios and cook times! (The more bran, the more water and cooking time is needed.) You may need to experiment a bit.
  • To cook quantities not listed in the table, use a rice: water ratio of 1:1⅓.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match Up: Brown Rice

See for yourself— microwaving brown rice is simply faster, start to finish.

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 30 mins
Stovetop* 45-50 mins
Oven* 45-50 mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 32 mins
*Includes preheat time

Step-by-Step: Microwaving Brown Rice

Add the rice and water to the Anyday

Cover with lid (knob lifted)

Cook in the microwave and rest

Rice is ready when water is absorbed and grains are tender

All you need to know about microwaving brown rice

How long does brown rice take to cook in the microwave?

Ingredient Water Power Level Cook Time
1/2 cup (90g) brown rice 3/4 cup (150ml) water 5 30 mins
1 cup (185g) brown rice 1 1/3 cups (300ml) water 5 32 mins
1 1/2 cups (275g) brown rice) 2 cups (450ml) water 5 35 mins
2 cups (375g) brown rice 2 2/3 cups (550ml) water 7 40 mins
3 cups (560g) brown rice 4 cups(900ml) water 7 40 mins
Cook time calculated for 700w microwave

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