How to Steam Rice Noodles

Rice noodles are slightly transparent when steamed.
Rice noodles are slightly transparent when steamed. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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

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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.


  • "Cooking for Dummies"; Bryan Miller, et al.; 2000
  • "Noodles Every Day"; Corinne Trang; 2009
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