Quick & Easy Microwave Mochi

Satisfy your sweet tooth in minutes with this Quick & Easy Microwave Mochi recipe! The mochi is ready in about 5 minutes– from raw ingredients to a soft chewy treat that you can pop in your moth.

My favorite way to eat mochi is rather simple: mochi dough cut into bite size cubes and dusted with kinako (roasted soybean flour).

Use this recipe as a foundation for other customizations. Ex. Sub out the water/milk in the recipe for juice for a fruity version. Mix the mochi dough with shredded coconut or other add ins for a textural experience. The possibilities are endless!

The Process

Mix together water (or milk), sugar, and glutinous rice flour in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the microwave. The edges should have started setting but the center is still raw. Mix the mixture, cover and microwave at 30s intervals, mixing after each interval, until a thick and semi-transparent mixture forms. Let cool ~2-5 minutes so it becomes cool enough to handle.

microwave mochi

Dust a work surface with cornstarch and transfer the mochi to it. Dust the top with cornstarch and using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten the mochi to about 1/2″ thick or to your desired thickness. Cut the mochi and dust with more cornstarch to prevent sticking.

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Quick & Easy Microwave Mochi

Quick and easy basic mochi recipe that provides you a foundation for customization
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: mochi
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water or milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup glutinous rice flour
  • cornstarch or tapioca starch or kinako for dusting

Instructions

  • Mix together water/milk, sugar and glutinous rice flour. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 1 minute.
    microwave mochi
  • Remove from the microwave and mix the mixture together. The top and edges should be partially cooked but the center and bottom will most likely be raw. Cover and microwave at 30s intervals, mixing after each interval, until a thick and semi-transparent mixture forms. The total microwave time for me is about 2.5 minutes (1 minute then three 30s intervals).
  • After the last interval, mix the mixture, stretching and folding it over itself. This will help the steam to vent as well as even out the mixture. Let it cool uncovered until it is cool enough to handle ~2-5 minutes.
  • Generously dust your work surface with cornstarch and transfer the mochi to it. Dust the top with cornstarch and using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten the mochi to about 1/2" thick or to your desired thickness. Cut the mochi and dust with more cornstarch to prevent sticking.

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