Brown rice takes much longer to cook than white rice and sometimes it can be confusing why your brown rice didn’t turn out if you have never cooked it before. Brown rice is a whole grain and still contains the outer layer of bran. White rice has just been de-hulled and reveals the white endosperm inside. Any rice that contains the outer layer of bran will look brown and can be called brown “rice”. So let me show you how to cook brown rice in 2 easy ways, on the stovetop or in a rice cooker.

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How to Cook The Perfect Brown Rice

Ingredients

For Single Serving
  • 1/3 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup water
For Several Servings
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
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Preparation

Stove Top Directions For Cooking Brown Rice
  1. Measure out rice using a measuring cup. Usually it’s 1/3 cup for a small single serving and 1 cup for several servings. You can always make a big batch in advance and reheat it later or use to make rice salad.
  2. Place rice in a mesh strainer or a bowl and rinse with cool water to remove any debris and excess starch. Drain.
  3. Add rinsed rice to a pot and add 1 ½ times the amount of rice you have in fresh water. For 1 cup of rice, add 1 ½ cups of water.
  4. Put the pot on the stove uncovered and turn the heat to high and bring it to a boil.
  5. Once your water is boiling, turn the heat to a simmer and cover with a lid. If your lid has a hole or steam valve cover it with a little cloth. Let the rice cook at a simmer for about 20 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and let the rice sit and steam for another 10 minutes.
  7. Fluff with a fork and serve.
Rice Cooker Directions For Cooking Brown Rice
  1. Measure out rice using the measuring cup that comes with rice cooker. Usually it’s 1/3 cup for a small serving and 1 cup for several servings. You can always make a big batch in advance and reheat it later or use to make rice salad.
  2. Place rice in a mesh strainer or in rice cooker pan and rinse with cool water to remove any debris and excess starch. Drain.
  3. Add rinsed rice back to rice cooker pan and add water to the corresponding water level for brown rice. If your rice cooker pan does not have a brown rice and white rice water line, use 1 ½ times the amount of rice for water. For example: 1 cup of dried brown rice will need 1½ cups of water.
  4. Turn rice cooker on and select brown rice setting. If your rice cooker does not have a brown rice setting, select white rice or just press on/start.
  5. Once cooking is complete and the rice cooker turns to the keep warm setting, let the rice sit and steam for 5-10 minutes before opening. (This helps your grains stay separated and not stick together when you scoop it out.)
  6. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Notes

I suggest setting your rice cooker to cook 1 to 2 hours before your main dish is ready to ensure that it is ready on time. For basic rice cookers it’s about 1 hour of cook time.

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