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This guide will help you how to fix undercooked rice, enabling you to make a perfect batch of rice every time.
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How to Fix Undercooked Rice

This guide will help you how to fix undercooked rice, enabling you to make a perfect batch of rice every time.
Prep Time1 min
Active Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: entree
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: how to fix undercooked rice


  • cooked rice


For Undercooked Rice:

  • Pour ½ a cup of water over it, put it back on the heat, and allow it to simmer with the lid in position. Don’t be tempted to try and rush it by raising the temperature, or you will end up with the same problem again.
  • It’s important to ensure the lid is tightly in position. Instead of cooking the rice, the steam will escape if it isn’t, leaving the rice undercooked.
  • Leave the lid in position. No peeking. If you do, you’ll release all the steam, and you could end up with undercooked rice again.
  • Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.

Using a rice cooker to Fix Undercooked Rice:

  • When the switch on your cooker changes from the “cook function” to the “warm mode“, before the rice is properly cooked, don’t open the lid straight away
  • Allow it to stand for a further 10 minutes with the cooker in warm mode. 
  • After the 10 minutes have elapsed, remove the lid, take out a few grains of rice, then roll them between your thumb and finger to check their texture.

What to do if the Rice is still Undercooked?

  • Pour half a cup of boiling water over the rice.
  • Take a fork and give the rice a stir, thus separating the grains, then put the lid back in position.
  • Reset the switch of the rice cooker to the “cook” position and let the rice cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes. When the time is up, recheck the rice, and if it is still too hard, repeat the process once more.

Using a microwave to Fix Undercooked Rice:

  • Transfer the undercooked rice into a microwave-safe bowl or dish.
  • Take a few sheets of paper kitchen towel, wet them thoroughly, then squeeze out 20% of the water so they are still wet but not sodden.
  • Drape the wet sheets over the bowl, completely covering the contents but not touching them.
  • Microwave the rice in two, one-minute blasts. Check to ensure it is now cooked to your satisfaction. This method works due to the moisture in the paper towels turning to hot steam. The steam cannot escape as it is sealed in place by the towel covering, and it finishes cooking the rice to perfection.
  • Take the bowl out of the microwave using an oven glove to make sure you don’t burn your hands, and carefully remove the paper towel covering as that too will be hot. Fluff the now splendidly cooked rice with a fork and serve.