How to Steam Rice Noodles


Rice noodles are typically made from a simple mixture of rice flour and water. These ingredients make the noodles fragile; they will break down into a mushy consistency if you prepare them incorrectly. Steaming rice noodles prevents them from turning to mush and produces tender, perfectly-cooked results. To steam rice noodles you need some everyday kitchen supplies, water and a bit of oil. Allow for approximately 40 minutes to steam one batch of rice noodles.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Water
  • Steamer basket
  • Pot with lid
  • Medium bowl
  • Oil
  • Place the rice noodles into a mixing bowl. Pour enough cold water into the bowl to cover the noodles with two inches of liquid. Leave the noodles to soak for 20 minutes.

  • Drain off the water from the bowl and place the noodles into a steamer basket. If you have too many noodles, you will have to steam them in batches. Do not close the steamer basket.

  • Bring two inches of water to a boil in a pot. The pot needs to be large enough to hold the open steamer basket.

  • Place the steamer basket in the pot. Cover the pot with the lid and leave the noodles to steam for 20 minutes or until tender.

  • Remove the steamer basket and place the noodles into a medium bowl. Add 1 tsp. of your favorite oil for every 1 cup of noodles. Toss the noodles with the oil to keep them from sticking together.

Tips & Warnings

  • A digital steamer will work just as well as the steamer basket.

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  • "Cooking for Dummies"; Bryan Miller, et al.; 2000
  • "Noodles Every Day"; Corinne Trang; 2009
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
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