Japanese Rice (short grain rice) in microwave

Japanese Short Grain White Rice
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Japanese Rice (short grain rice) in microwave

Steamed short grain rice is an essential part of Japanese Food Culture.  By cooking rice in Donabe, you get to enjoy the fluffy, shiny, tender and delicious Japanese Style Rice. 

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Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 8 mins Rest Time 10 mins Total Time 48 mins 2 Servings: 2

★ The amount of ingredients and heating time are measured for 1 ~ 2 people.


★ cooking times may vary depending on your microwave's wattage, brand and size.


    1. Put the rice into the Microwave Donabe, then add enough tap water to cover the rice.
    2. Rinse the rice with your hand, then discard the water. (water will look like white/milky color)
    3. Repeat step 1 and 2 a few more times. (2~3 times: water color should be almost clear)
    4. Make sure the rinsed rice is well drained.
    5. Add 200ml of clean water to the donabe.
    6. put the lid on and soak the rice for at least 30 min. 
    7. Cook the Donabe with the lid on in a microwave for 8 min. 
    8. Let it sit for 10 min or so ( DO NOT open the lid)
    The Microwave Donabe rice 5
    ***You can use a fine-meshed strainer for draining the water while you rinse the rice. ***It's important for the cleaned & well rinsed rice to be soaked in a clean water before cooking. ***DO NOT OPEN THE LID after you remove the Donabe from a microwave. (let the Donabe sit so the rice will be steamed ***For cooking 2 cups of rice, use 400ml of water and cook for 10 min. ( cooking time may vary depending on your microwave's wattage) ***It may boil over during cooking, place the pot on a heat-resistant plate.

Keywords: White rice, Short grain rice, Japanese rice

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June Voss

CEO and creator of Japanese Goods USA

Hi, I'm June Voss, CEO of the company, a wife to an amazing husband whom I met while working at Walt Disney World and a mother of 2 wonderful children ( and 2 dogs, 11 goats and 3 rescued feral cats). I was born and raised in Japan. I would love to share delicious Japanese foods, culture and everything I love about the beautiful country.  I am not a professional chef, I just love cooking! I have translated and added some of the recipes I like, but once you've cooked a few of these dishes, you'll soon be able to cook almost anything in your Microwave Donabe. I hope you enjoy it and can't wait to hear & see your own Donabe creations! 

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