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How To Make Puffed Rice In The Microwave

How To Make Puffed Rice In The Microwave

How To Make Puffed Rice In The Microwave?

It is quite easy to make puffed rice in the microwave. All you have to do is place the uncooked rice in a microwave-safe container, cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap, and let the rice microwave for about three minutes. This is a general recipe; the process may differ for different recipes.

These are three ways of making easy-to-make puffed rice in your house, aided by your microwave. There are several different types of rice that you can use for making puffed rice, and it does not matter much what kind of rice you go with.

What you could do with your microwaved puffed rice is combine it with marshmallows for a gooey, sweet treat. You will need to know you will have to work with rice that is already puffed to cook it in the microwave.

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Making Homemade Puffed Rice: A Quick Guide Using a Microwave Popper

If you have a microwave popper for popcorn, my favorite method of puffed rice (and popcorn, for that matter), dump about a 1/4 cup of dry, cooked rice into it. Because it burns fast and a microwave popcorn popper gets warm, you will want to pause the popper and dump your popped rice on a plate once you remove it from the popper.

Once you have made sure that your rice is nice and crispy, place the rice in a little bit of cooking oil and pop the bowl in the microwave. Allow your cooked rice to pop gently, but when the number of pops decreases, get ready to place your rice into a pan and turn off the heat.

Watch this video to learn about the cooking of puffed rice in a microwave

Can you make puffed rice at home?

Yes, you can make puffed rice at home, and it’s a relatively simple process. Puffed rice is made by heating rice kernels under high pressure, causing them to expand and puff up. Here’s a basic method for making puffed rice at home:


  • Raw rice (preferably parboiled rice): You can use any variety of rice, but it is often used for making puffed rice because it puffs up better.


Select and Prepare the Rice:

  • Choose good quality rice for the best results.
  • Rinse the rice thoroughly under running water until the water runs clear. This helps remove excess starch.

Dry the Rice:

  • Spread the rinsed rice on a clean kitchen towel or a tray.
  • Allow it to air dry for a few hours until completely dry. It should feel dry to the touch.

Heat a Heavy Bottomed Pan or Pot:

  • Use a heavy-bottomed pan or a pressure cooker without the lid.
  • Place the pan on medium-high heat and let it get hot. Ensure there’s no moisture in the pan.

Add the Rice:

  • Once the pan is hot, add a small quantity of rice kernels. You don’t want to overcrowd the pan; work in small batches.
  • The rice should cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer.

Puff the Rice:

  • Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low or low to prevent burning.
  • The rice kernels will start to puff up within a few seconds to a minute, creating a characteristic popping sound.
  • Shake the pan gently to ensure even heating.
  • Continue heating until most of the rice kernels have puffed up.

Repeat for the Remaining Rice:

  • Remove the puffed rice from the pan and let it cool.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining rice kernels.

Cool and Store:

  • Allow the puffed rice to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, you can store it in an airtight container for later use.

Remember that making puffed rice at home can be tricky and may require some practice to get the timing and heat just right.

Be cautious when working with hot oil, and keep a lid on the pan to prevent the puffed rice from flying out. Enjoy your homemade puffed rice as a snack or as an ingredient in dishes like bhel puri or Rice Krispie treats.

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How to make rice pop like popcorn?

Making rice pop like popcorn is a fun and surprising kitchen experiment. Rice doesn’t pop in the same way as popcorn, but it can puff up and create a similar effect. Here’s a method to make “puffed rice” using regular uncooked rice:

Ingredients and Equipment:

  • Raw rice (preferably long-grain or basmati)
  • A deep, heavy-bottomed pot with a lid
  • Cooking oil (vegetable or canola oil works well)
  • A slotted spoon or a spider strainer
  • A candy or deep-fry thermometer (optional but helpful)


  1. Select the Rice:
    • Use regular raw rice; you can choose any variety, but some may work better.
  2. Prepare the Pot:
    • Choose a deep, heavy-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid to prevent the rice from escaping.
    • Add enough cooking oil to the pot to have a depth of about 2-3 inches.
  3. Heat the Oil:
    • Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches a temperature of around 400-450°F (200-230°C). If you don’t have a thermometer, you can test the oil’s readiness by dropping a single rice grain into the oil. If it sizzles and puffs up immediately, the oil is ready.
  4. Add the Rice:
    • Carefully add a small amount of rice to the hot oil. You should add only a few grains at a time to prevent overcrowding.
    • The rice will puff up and float to the surface almost instantly.
  5. Remove Puffed Rice:
    • Use a slotted spoon or a spider strainer to scoop out the puffed rice from the hot oil.
    • Place the puffed rice on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  6. Repeat the Process:
    • Add small batches of rice to the hot oil and remove the puffed rice until you have the desired amount.
  7. Cool and Store:
    • Allow the puffed rice to cool completely before using or storing it in an airtight container.

Remember that this method requires caution because hot oil can be dangerous. Always use a pot with high sides and a tight-fitting lid to prevent oil splatters. Also, keep an eye on the oil’s temperature, as it can quickly become too hot and cause the rice to burn.

How do you make puffed rice crispy in the microwave?

If you want your puffed rice to become crispy, you only have to put it in the microwave at a high temperature for twenty to thirty seconds.

This will assist in evaporating all of the moisture content that is included within the rice, which will then offer you a batch of rice that looks fresh while also being crisp and crunchy.

How to make puffed rice in the microwave?

First, cover the bottom of a large pan with parchment paper, and then, working carefully, spread a single layer of cooked rice across the paper. Cook the rice in the oven until it acquires a crisp and dry texture.

When completely dry, place the rice in a bowl with a little oil, then microwave the bowl. You will see that the rice will begin to ‘pop’ while it is being microwaved. Be sure to remove the rice after a decrease in the amount of popping occurring.

What is the process of making puffed rice?

Puffed rice is created when the starch and moisture in the grain are subjected to heating while still contained within the grain.

In contrast to maize kernels, rice kernels have a naturally dry texture and require preconditioning with steam. To make puffed rice, heat the kernels conditioned with steam in an oven or fry them in oil.

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