Minute rice is pre-cooked and then dehydrated. It often has a mushy texture and lacks flavor. How do you make minute rice taste better?
Make minute rice taste better by cooking it in broth to infuse flavor. Use it as a base for fried rice or stir-fry. Turn it into sweet rice pudding, or combine it with bacon and eggs. Here are ten easy ways to make minute rice taste more like regular rice.
What Is Minute Rice?
Minute rice is rice that is cooked, dehydrated, and then packaged. It cooks in five minutes on the stove or microwave. Minute rice comes in both white and brown varieties. It contains no added ingredients and is naturally gluten-free.
What Is The Best Way To Make Minute Rice?
Minute rice is quick and easy to make; just follow the directions on the box. The basic steps are:
- Boil water
- Add rice and stir
- Remove from the heat.
- Let it sit for five minutes, then fluff it with a fork.
You can also make minute rice in the microwave. Heat water and rice in a microwave-safe bowl. Let the rice sit for five minutes before fluffing with a fork.
Why Does Minute Rice Taste Different?
Minute rice tastes different from regular rice because it’s been partially cooked or parboiled. Minute rice can have a mushy texture or a bland flavor when reconstituted.
What Can I Add To Minute Rice To Make It Taste Better?
If you’d like to enhance the flavor of your minute rice, try one of the following:
Add extra flavor to minute rice with these ideas.
Cook In Lemon Or Lime Juice
Replace some of the water with lemon or lime juice. Use this substitution ratio: Replace ¼ cup water with ¼ cup lemon or lime juice. If you need:
- 1 cup water: use ¾ cup of water and ¼ cup of lemon or lime juice
- 2 cups of water: use 1 ½ cups of water and ½ cup of lemon or lime juice.
- 3 cups of water: use 2 ¼ cups of water and ¾ cups of lemon or lime juice
Add dried herbs with the cooking water or fresh herbs after cooking. Try these combinations:
- Basil, chives, oregano, chili, and garlic
- Chili, garlic, ginger, coriander, lemongrass, mint, oregano
- Thyme, garlic, rosemary, and parsley
A good rule is to add ½ teaspoon of each herb and then taste-test. Adjust the seasonings from there.
Cook In Broth Or Stock
Replace some or all of the water with veggie, chicken, or beef stock. Use your favorite brand or what you have in your pantry.
Add Oil Or Butter
Whether you like butter, coconut, or olive oil, a splash of your favorite healthy fat will improve the taste of minute rice. Add a few pinches of salt, and you’ll instantly boost your side dish to the next level.
Create A Theme
Use minute rice to cook flavorful meals at home. I keep cooked, frozen meat in my freezer for busy nights. I pull it out, defrost it in the microwave, and add it to one of these dishes.
Cook the rice in coconut milk instead of water. Then add curry powder, ginger, cumin, and cilantro. Use full-fat or light coconut milk, depending on your preference. Top with cooked meat for added protein.
Cook minute rice in chicken broth. Then, add canned tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, a small can of green chilis, and cooked chicken breast. Warm the ingredients in a saucepan and top with salsa. Serve!
Add cheese, bacon, and scrambled eggs, and you have a filling breakfast. For added flavor, stir cooked minute rice into bacon fat, and then add cooked bacon and eggs. Top with your favorite cheese.
Make A New Dish
Create tasty combos with a base of minute rice.
Make Fried Rice
Use minute rice to make an easy fried rice. Cook minute rice as directed, then sautee in a pan with sesame oil. Add your favorite veggies, meat, or eggs, and cook until warm.
Make Beans And Rice
Combine cooked red beans and minute rice in a skillet for an ultra-quick meal. Add chili powder, cumin, garlic, and cajun seasoning. Add ready-to-eat sausage for even more flavor.
Make Rice Pudding
Rice pudding is a great way to use cooked rice. Add milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and other warming spices for a sweet treat.
Thai-Inspired Minute Rice
This dish is creamy with a hint of spice. You’ll forget it’s made with minute rice!
- 1 cup minute rice (slightly rounded)
- 1 can coconut milk, full-fat or light
- 1 ¼ tsp curry powder
- ½ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- Cilantro (optional, for garnish)
- Cooked chicken (optional)
- Bring coconut milk coconut milk to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Add curry powder, ginger, cumin, and salt. Whisk to break up clumps.
- Add minute rice.
- Bring back to a boil, stirring often.
- Once boiling, remove from the heat. Let the pot sit for 8 minutes with the lid on.
- Remove the lid and stir.
- Add cilantro or meat, and serve!
Minute rice often has a soft texture and bland taste that may not appeal to everyone. But minute rice makes a quick addition to any meal. Make it more flavorful by adding broth, herbs, and veggies.