Carefully designed with your foodie needs in mind, Success® Rice and Tri-Color Quinoa are ideal for any occasion. Conveniently requiring no measuring, Boil-in-Bag cooking is perfect for enjoying quality meals in less time.
While you may be familiar with our simple stove-top method, did you know that you can also cook our rice and quinoa in the microwave, in an Instant Pot or in a slow cooker? That’s right, you can use what you have on hand to prepare perfect grains, every time. Starting with how to cook our products on the stove, we’ll take you through each of these four techniques and offer a bit of recipe inspiration along the way. Upgrade your chef skills even more by taking advantage of different kitchen items.
#1 StoveTop Instructions
Quite possibly the most common method for preparing grains, our rice and quinoa cook up on the stove in just 10 minutes! Follow these simple instructions for how to prepare our products using the stovetop method.
- Pour about 4 cups (1 quart) of water into a medium sized saucepan and submerge 1 bag of Success® Rice or Quinoa. Note: If you want to use more than one bag to feed a larger crowd, start with 3 quarts of water and submerge 2 or 3 bags!
- Leave your bag or bags in the water, bring to a boil and let cook uncovered for about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Lastly, remove your bag with a fork and drain. Cut open the bag carefully and place the rice or quinoa on a serving dish. Fluff with a fork and add desired ingredients on top or mix in.
Using our whole grain Brown Rice as an example, see how you can do it at home:
Wondering how much each bag makes? 1 bag makes about 2 cups of cooked rice. That’s perfect for a meal for two or for batch cooking meal prep recipes throughout the week.
With your cooked rice and quinoa, the options are truly endless! We suggest preparing it ahead of time and letting it cool for a refreshing rice or quinoa salad. Or, once it is cooked, mix with other ingredients to prepare a delicious recipe like a One-pot Mexican Rice Casserole. For more ideas, take a look at these unexpected and amazing recipes with rice.
#2 How To Cook Rice and Quinoa in the Microwave
There are some occasions when all you have available is a microwave, and the good news is that it works just as well for our rice and quinoa.
See how simple it is:
- In a 2-quart microwave-safe dish, submerge 1 bag in about 4 cups (1 quart) of water. Note: We don’t suggest cooking more than 1 bag at a time in the microwave, so it’s best to stick with just one.
- Microwave on HIGH for about 10 minutes. As microwave temperatures vary, make sure to monitor your rice starting at about 8 minutes.
- Remove the bag with a fork and drain it. Cut the bag open and use in any way you desire.
If you only have a microwave available, save these recipe ideas that don’t require any additional cooking on a stovetop or in an oven! This Hearts of Palm Ceviche over Jasmine Rice is perfect all drizzled with a yuzu mayo. You can also get creative and use your rice and quinoa as a filling for wraps, tacos (Taco Bowls), and Vietnamese Spring Rolls.
#3 Instant Pot Rice and Quinoa
Using a multi-cooker like an Instant Pot is a great way to prepare a delicious meal in less time that still offers an elevated taste! While Success® Rice and Quinoa is designed to be convenient, we’ll show you how you can cook them within the Instant Pot inside or outside of the bag or mixed in with an entire recipe.
- Add 4 cups (1 quart) of water and 1 rice or quinoa bag into the Instant Pot cooker. Set the Instant Pot to the Sauté setting over High heat; bring to a boil. Boil it uncovered for about 10 minutes. Remove the bag with a fork and set aside.
Tip: As Instant Pot cookers can range in size, if you have a larger 6 or 8 quart model, it’s a great way to cook more than 1 bag of rice or quinoa to prepare for meals throughout the week! For 2+ bags, we suggest cooking in 3 quarts of water.
To cook your rice or quinoa in a recipe using your Instant Pot, try these delicious examples! If you need a tasty appetizer to share for an event or for a delicious dinner, this Instant Pot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Rice is exactly what you’re looking for. You can also make it into a comforting soup with a kick using this Red Curry Chicken and Rice Soup.
Did you know that you can also prepare desserts in an Instant Pot? It’s true, try it with this Strawberries and Cream Rice Pudding!
#4 Prepare Slow Meals in the Crock Pot
If you’re a fan of a classic ‘set and forget’ meal, you’re going to want to take note of our final cooking method — a Crock Pot slow cooker. Yes, although our rice and quinoa is famously known for being a quick option, if you’re preparing a dish to enjoy later, you can still use our varieties!
There are a few things to take note of for your recipes. We always suggest using the HIGH setting when the grains are added so the grains do not turn mushy. Also, add the water at the beginning of the recipe or make sure to use hot water when the rice is added. If you are preparing rice/quinoa by itself in the crockpot, first remove it from the bag and follow this guide based on variety!
- Mix 1 bag of White Rice with 1¼ cups of water on HIGH for 30 minutes.
- Mix 1 bag of Brown Rice with 1¼ cups of water on HIGH for 40 minutes.
- Mix 1 bag of Jasmine Rice with 1 cup of water on HIGH for 20 minutes.
- Mix 1 bag of Basmati Rice with 1¼ cups of water on HIGH for 30 minutes.
- Mix 1 bag of Tri-Color Quinoa with 3/4 cup of water on HIGH for 20 minutes.
Note: If you want to prepare more than 1 bag, simply double or triple the amount of water per additional bag added.
Cook a large batch of your preferred variety while you focus on other tasks, or meal prep other ingredients to simply mix and match throughout the week. You can also add it into your favorite Crock Pot recipes keeping in mind the times and liquid amounts listed above.
Bonus: How To Boost Flavor
No matter what method you choose, there are always methods for boosting the flavor in your favorite variety. Here are a few suggestions for adding a bit more flavor into your meals.
- Use other cooking liquids: using the called for amount of liquid for your recipe, swap in all broth or ½ of the liquid amount coconut milk and ½ of the liquid amount water/broth.
- Season your cooking water: flavored oils, herbs, seasonings and aromatic vegetables like garlic and onions.
Try it for yourself in this delicious recipe using alternative cooking liquids.
No matter what cooking method you choose, Success is in the Bag®, or it might just be out of it if the recipe calls for it – all our products can be cooked out of the bag too. Learn other ways that you can level up your cooking skills in our blog section, The Kitchen.