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Homemade Rice Flour In A Blender or Food Processor

Did you know that you can make homemade rice flour in a blender or food processor in a just a couple of minutes? Here's how.

glass hinged jar with rice flour next to grains of rice sprinkled over a white fringe towel

My favorite use for rice flour is in making crispy, fried and breaded items Like General Tso's Chicken (that doesn't get soggy!) or homemade Onion Rings extra crispy.

Rice flour is also used widely in gluten free baking, or as a substitute for gluten free flour in a pinch.

Rice flour is perfect for making light, air and crisp textures such as delectable homemade Graham Crackers.

Gluten free flours can be less than ideal to purchase on a budget. Luckily, they can be made very easily using just the one ingredient.

Combine homemade rice flour with other gluten free flours, like oat flour, for homemade gluten free flour.


What you will need:

  • A high powered blender, food processor or bullet style blender (like a Nutri Bullet for example, among others)
  • A sifter or mesh strainer to sift out any lumps

Make the rice flour in batches of 1 cup of rice.

Pour rice grains in to the blender or processor.

Pulse a few times to get the grains broken up. Then run the blender on full power for 30-60 seconds until you've achieved a fine powder.

If the powder gets hot (from friction) allow it to cool for a few minutes before running again.

Feel the rice flour between your fingers, and if it the powder feels gritty, blend longer.

Labeled photo of a bullet blender and white rice.

Once the consistency of the rice flour feels uniformly fine between the fingers, pass it through a mesh strainer or sifter.

This is for good measure, to remove any hard pieces of rice that would otherwise be detectable in your recipes.

Rice flour being passed through a metal mesh strainer into a shallow bowl.

The finished rice flour can be stored in the pantry for at least one year. (Brown rice flour is usually safe to store for 6 months.)

What Kind of Rice to Use

Short grain- Short grain rice, like Arborio, tend to be "stickier" when cooked, making them perfect for sushi and risotto. When made into flour, this rice flour is best for recipes like Asian dumplings.

Medium grain- Medium grain rice varieties, are a popular variety of all purpose rice that works for just about anything, including homemade rice flour.

Extra long grain- Long grain rice, like basmati, has a thin, long grain and the lowest starch content, making it the least sticky.

Brown rice- Brown rice flour can be substituted for white rice flour for added health benefits, in just about every recipe that calls for rice flour.

Keep in mind that the taste will be slightly nutty, and the texture can be coarse if not fully blended into a powder.


What can I use rice flour for?

Rice flour can be used in gluten free baking, crispy breading or coatings for deep fried foods, Asian dumplings and noodles, and as a gluten free thickener for soups and stews.

Are rice flour and rice powder the same?

No. Rice powder is much coarser, and doesn't dissolve easily in water like rice flour.

How do I substitute rice flour for all purpose flour?

Substitute rice flour for all purpose flour directly using the same measurements but add ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum per 1 cup of rice flour in baked goods.

When does rice flour expire?

In general, white rice flour lasts for a minimum of 1 year in the pantry, while brown rice flour will last for up to 6 months.

rice flour coming out of a container on its side on a white marble background

📖 Recipe

Glass mason jar filled with ground rice grains.

Rice Flour

How to make rice flour in just a few minutes for gluten free baking, crispy fried breaded foods, gluten free thickeners, plus much more.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: ingredient
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free flour, how to make rice flour
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $0.20


  • high powered blender (like a Nutri Bullet, Vitamix or Ninja), food processor, or grain mill
  • Sifter or fine mesh strainer


  • 1-2 cups long grain white rice can use other varieties, see recipe notes


  • Measure dry rice (1 cup) into high powered blender, food processor, or food mill.
  • Pulse a few times to break up the grains of rice, and then run on high speed until powder forms (about 1 minute) that is fine and not gritty when felt between the fingers. If you have to do this a second time, for an additional minute, let the rice flour cool down for a minute if it feels hot to the touch.
  • Repeat with additional rice, if desired, in one cup increments.
  • Tap the rice flour through a mesh strainer to remove any hard pieces of rice that did not become powdered.
  • Store in a cool pantry in a closed container for 1 year to several years (for white rice flour) or 3-6 months (for brown rice flour).


Short grain rice, like Arborio, makes rice flour that is best for recipes like Asian dumplings.
Medium to long grain rice varieties, are a popular variety of all purpose rice that works for just about anything, including homemade rice flour.
Brown rice is a great option for healthy and gluten free pancakes, muffins and quick breads due to it's nutty and complex flavor. Brown rice flour is higher in fiber. 


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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Wednesday 26th of May 2021

Great! Clearly written & straightforward directions - thank you. I will definitely be attempting this in the next few days. 👍

I will gripe, however, at this recipes cuisine labelling as "American", while it has more likely been a staple of widespread Asian culinary arts *long* before the inception of modern America. Prior to relatively recent European influences on the continent, and the associated trade networks from that uninvited occupancy, it would stand to reason that corn or other natively growing grains, not rice, were predominantly produced for flour? I'm not a horticultural historian, but it does slightly rankle that anything that could be replicated in America is labelled "American"...


Thursday 27th of May 2021

Hi! Thanks for your comment! It's actually just a "catch-all" cuisine label and has more to do either surfacing the diy recipe for voice search. I totally understand what you're saying, however this recipe is also typically served up due to searches geared towards gluten free flour making, but I did want to expand the content to remind people of other ways you could use this flour such as the deep fried recipes I've linked at the bottom, in addition to Asian dumplings.