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A Steam Oven Rice Cooking Guide (+ Printable Chart!)

This handy steam oven rice cooking guide is the result of a multitude of questions around the topic. I have plenty of emails and social media questions come in about how to cook rice in a steam oven, and it’s actually super easy once you know how.

From rice to liquid ratios to oven settings, timing and temperature, I’ve got you covered for cooking different types of rice in a steam oven. And if you scroll down, you can enter your email address to get a printable steam oven rice guide sent straight to your inbox!

Rice is a great way to bulk out a meal and is more easily tolerated by (most) peoples’ stomachs than bread or pasta. There are countless varieties from nutty brown rice to fragrant jasmine and basmati, and dark, chewy wild and black rice. When you master cooking the main varieties of rice you’ll always have the base for a quick dinner or a simple but filling salad.

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6 small bowls showing different varieties of rice, on a blue background, ready to make steam oven rice.

Why would you cook rice in a steam oven?

Steam oven rice is no more difficult than cooking it in a rice cooker or by absorption in a pot. You put rice and liquid in a pan, pop it in the oven and come back to fluffy steamed rice. It’s hands down my favorite method to cook rice, though. I don’t need somewhere to store a rice cooker, I don’t need to adjust my stovetop heat to avoid burnt or overflowing pots, and it’s perfectly cooked every time.

Essentially, you can give away your rice cooker now that you have a steam oven, you won’t be needing it anymore!

Adjustment for steam oven rice

When you cook rice in a steam oven there are some variations for rice to liquid ratios and slight adjustment of cooking times but overall it’s pretty simple.

The guide below is not exhaustive but it covers all the major varieties of rice I ever cook in my steam oven. If there’s something not listed you’ll probably be able to figure it out based on one of the other types of rice.

I hope you find this steam oven rice guide useful and can return to it over and over until you’ve memorised your favourites.

Happy steam oven cooking, see you here again soon.

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A Steam Oven Guide to Cooking Rice

A note about rice: the cooking times (and sometimes the quantity of liquid needed) for rice can vary according to how old your rice is and how humid your climate. I tend to buy and use rice within about 6 months at most (very old rice can be quite ‘dry’, requiring a touch more liquid and often longer cooking times).

And a note about cooking vessels: the below measurements work for rice cooked in a thin, even layer in a stainless steel tray. Most people will be able to use the solid trays which come with the oven for this. I use the smaller (1/3 size) tray for 1 cup uncooked rice, and the larger (2/3 size) for 2-3 cups uncooked rice.

After some meals to show off your now-perfect rice? I’ll be posting a new rice salad recipe video on Facebook in a day or two, but in the meantime, try the Maple, Lime & Ginger Chicken or (one of my favourites) Asian Style Sticky Beef.

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30 Responses

  1. Can you substitute vegetable or chicken broth or coconut milk for the water? When would you add seasoning and/or vegetables to the rice?

  2. My black rice was excellent. Pork was already tender so I popped the lid on, put in the rice using the small perforated tray. Then turned down to a 100C, high steam, but not steam only. Pork had extra 45minutes slow cook and the rice was well cooked.

  3. I haven’t tried doing black rice at a higher temp, so I’m not sure. You’d definitely want to cover it if you try this, but I think my preference would be remove the pork and keep warm/covered elsewhere, while steaming the rice at 100C. Let me know if you try it at the higher temp, though – it would be great if you could do both alongside each other!

  4. Hi, I’m cooking a slow pork casserole (adobo) and the recipe accompanies it with black rice. Can I safely steam cook the rice at 150 C along side or is it best to cover the casserole and cook the rice in full steam? Or just remove and wait another 45minutes…
    I’ve only got one oven and would prefer to keep the cooking in this not revert to stove.

    I think it will be ok, but you don’t discuss in this article so thought I’d ask.

  5. You can cook essentially whatever quantity you like following these ratios. I do find as the quantities go up, I prefer to use two shallower pans rather than one deep one, as the texture of the rice is more even.

  6. Leigh, delicate filled pasta like handmade ravioli or tortellini would work well in the steam oven, but for dried pasta I stick with boiling as there’s no time saving doing it this way.

  7. I’ve just started a new job and they have this you-beaut steamer/roaster oven. Is it possible to cook pasta (say, macaroni) in it, or would it simply be easier and quicker to boil on stove?

  8. Double the quantities of rice and liquid, but the cooking time will stay the same. 🙂

  9. How about doubling and doing 2 cups of long grain? Double everything? Including the cook time?

  10. 5 stars

    First time looking at your site. I have a Miele Steam convection and have always followed their book saying equal long grained white rice to water. It has always worked. Then I think, to be sure, I always add just a big more water. Whatever I do the rice is always perfect once fluffed. So my question is, is one to one not such a great idea. This is my only oven and I have to say, except for difficulty of cleaning, I love it. Best bread, pies, roasts, etc I have ever done. But I have really scratched the surface on what it is capable of and their cookbook is very over cooked German driven. It’s great to see a blog that devotes the time to helping us novices. Cheers

  11. Hi Johanna. I have done sticky rice successfully in the past, but I can’t find my notes on the ratio of liquid I used! From memory I worked to the same liquid quantity as an old rice cooker guide I’d found online, and didn’t bother soaking the rice, just washed it and cooked. I’d love to know if you give it a try. The next time give it a go I’ll update this post.

  12. Have you ever cooked sticky rice in your steam oven. I’ve just purchased a Neff steam oven and would appreciate some pointers with cooking this type of rice.

  13. I haven’t seen a steam convection/microwave combo before, but as long as it has a full steam feature (ie 100% humidity at 100C/212F), rather than just a bit of moisture added to a dry oven heat, you should be able to do all your steaming in it.
    You don’t really need a steamer basket, just some lightweight pans, which might be the ones your referring to which came with the appliance? Most steam oven appliances come with some combination of a perforated pan and a solid one. If there’s a solid one that’s an inch or so deep that should be just right to cook your rice. You won’t need a lid, just pop your rice and water into the pan and let the oven do its work.
    I assume Corning Ware would be ok, although I wouldn’t use it for steaming. Heat takes quite a while to penetrate the thicker ceramic and glass-type materials, so when you’re doing fairly quick cooking like steamed vegies, for instance, it will really throw off your timings.

  14. I, too, downloaded and printed off your guide above. Thank you.

    I just acquired a Sharp Super Steam Convection/Microwave oven and I am seriously intimidated by it. It only comes with 2 weird racks and enamel-coated pans, no steamer basket. The instruction manuals are very vague about how to cook vegetables and no information about cooking rice. I really would like to use the "steam" feature of the oven to cook rice, per your instructions above, but I don’t know what type of vessel to cook it in and whether or not to use a lid, etc. Can I use my Corning Ware in it?

  15. Thanks for sharing, I will print it off and keep it in the cupboard above the steam oven for a quick reference. I always forget how much longer it takes to cook brown rice.

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