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How to Make Homemade Rice Flour

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Did you know that making homemade rice flour at home is so easy? I often use this flour when scoring my homemade sourdough bread. It has a lot of uses, so today I thought I would share with you my simple technique for making this.

Making this super fine flour is so satisfying and can be used in any recipe that calls for rice flour. If you are like me, then you will love experimenting and making homemade pantry ingredients. I like making pantry ingredients because things like store-bought rice flour can get expensive.

From start to finish, this recipe only takes about 3 minutes to make and has very easy steps, so let me show you how to do it.

Rice flour is extremely different from all-purpose flour, corn flour, or whole wheat flour. It is finely ground making it a good option for recipes like Asian cuisine or baked goods, or for any recipes that require no gluten, so it creates a gluten-free flour blend. It's the perfect gluten-free substitute in a lot of recipes. It can also be used as a thickening agent for soups and stews.

How to Make Rice Flour from Scratch

For this recipe, the main ingredient you will need is rice. The type of rice you use is up to you –brown rice will make brown rice flour, and white rice will result in white rice flour. Different rice varieties will result in different types of rice flour. I would steer clear of the sticky rice for this rice flour recipe.

The rice grains don't matter either — you can use long-grain rice, short-grain rice, etc. For me, I usually just use standard enriched long-grain rice when I am making this at home.

For this, you will need either a coffee grinder, a high-power food processor, or a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. A grain mill would work also. You don't want to create gritty rice flour. It will cause your baked goods and other recipes to have a very weird texture.

Then, you will need an airtight container to store the flour in once you have finished grinding it.

Grinding the Flour

In a spice grinder, grain mill, or blender add 2 cups of rice. This should yield around 2 to 3 cups of rice flour. If you want to make a lot of rice flour, just increase the amount you use.

Start off blending the rice on the lowest setting and then increase it to the highest setting. Blend for 30-45 seconds on high. This should be enough time to create a beautiful fine ground flour.

Making the flour is as easy as that. Store in a cool dry place so that the long shelf life of the flour is extended. Most of the time it will last several months.

Tips for Making Your Flour

I do not freeze my flour as it can affect its quality.

I have never washed my rice before making rice flour because I use it to bake and the temperatures it reaches make it safe for consumption. However, if you prefer, you can rinse your rice well before making rice flour. It’s very important that you spread it out and let it fully dry before making the flour, though. 

Some people soak their rice before grinding it to make it softer for crushing, however, since a spice grinder is used in this scenario, there is no need to try and soften the rice as the grinder does all the work for us.

You can use medium-grain white rice as well. Brown rice is also an option, if you prefer that route.

Most regular food processors do not grind the rice fine enough to make flour. So, unless your processor has a special setting for this, it won’t work for this job.

What are the Different Types of Rice Flour?

There are several different types of rice flour

  • Glutinous Rice Flour
  • Brown Rice Flour
  • Black Rice Flour
  • White rice flour (which is the recipe I am sharing with you now)
  • Wet-milled rice flour

In the long run, it's a good rule of thumb to do your research and read up on the type of rice you are using when it comes to making the rice flour of your choice. You can wow your entire family by making your flour from scratch.

When I make rice flour, I like to use it when I make my Famous Chinese Lemon Chicken recipe. I also use it as a thickening agent in my sweet and sour sauce.

If you like making your pantry ingredients, be sure to check out all the recipes on my site. I have a ton of homemade pantry staples that you can choose from. And, try your hand at making homemade condiments like mayonnaise and other sauces.

Looking for other homemade pantry ingredients? Check the recipes below

Yield: 2 cups

How to Make Homemade Rice Flour

How to Make Homemade Rice Flour

Skip those high prices at the store and make your own Homemade Rice Flour! It only takes 1 ingredient and 5 minutes of work for some fine ground flour you can use in a plethora of ways.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 cups of long grain white rice


    • Place the rice in your grinder and grind for about 15 seconds or until nice and fine like flour. Most grinders won’t be able to fit the full 2 cups of rice, so just do it a bit at a time.
    • If desired, sift the flour to ensure no little chunks of rice remain behind.
    • Store in an airtight container, in a cool, dry area for up to 5 months (sometimes longer).

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g

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