How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove

The best foolproof brown rice recipe: How long to cook brown rice, the brown rice to water ratio, and everything you need to know to get perfect brown rice.

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Serving Size: 4 to 6

How to Make Brown Rice:

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove

These days many of us are swapping in brown rice for white in all sorts of ways. Seriously, if you look at the sushi offerings at the Whole Foods sushi counter, almost half of them are made with brown rice, and you know Whole Foods isn’t serving up all that brown rice sushi without a ready group of consumers.

And lots of restaurants are offering brown rice as an option, Asian restaurants in particular. And we are making it at home more often – but if you’re just getting started in the brown rice world, you may have some questions, and want some advice on how to make tender brown rice, and make it well. Because badly cooked brown rice can be grainy and mushy, while perfectly cooked brown rice results in plump, chewy little grains, with loads of flavor, and great texture.  Not to mention a nice nutritional boost.  Here’s a recipe for how to get perfect brown rice every time.


What is Brown Rice?

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove

Brown rice is rice with the inedible outer hull removed, but with the germ and outer layer intact. It is more nutritious than white rice, and has a denier, chewier, nuttier, grain.

What types of brown rice are there?

Pretty much every rice comes in a brown version from long-grain to basmati.

Which brown rice should you buy?

Long or medium grain is best for most preparations, including simple cooked brown rice. Short grain can be stickier, and is sometimes desired for Asian rice preparations.


How Do I Cook Brown Rice – the Cheat Sheet:

This is what you need to know to cook perfect brown rice on the stove.

Do you need to rinse brown rice before cooking?

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove

It’s often advised, and I’ve more often than not skipped this, and while rinsing may help keep the grains more separate and distinct, it’s not going to ruin your pot of rice if you skip it.  See if your package has specific instructions on this.

 

What is the brown rice water ratio?

The basic brown rice water ratio is 2 1/2 cups water for every 1 cup of brown rice.

How long does it take to cook brown rice?

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove

Brown rice usually takes about 45 minutes to become cooked and tender, once the water (or broth) comes to a simmer, and then it needs at least 10 minutes to stand before serving.

How do you freeze cooked brown rice?

Place it in freezer proof zipper top bags, whichever sizes you most likely will want to defrost in the coming months. Press the bag to squeeze out all of the air then seal it – and label the bag with the date so you know when you put it into the freezer (also write Brown Rice on it – really it might end up looking like barley or something when it’s frozen and you shouldn’t have to guess at what it is). It will keep in the freezer for at least 4 months, up to 6.

What is the difference between brown and white rice?

While brown rice has the outer hull removed, white rice also has the outer layer and the cereal germ removed in addition to the hull.  

What are the Nutritional Advantages of Brown Rice?

As for the nutritional difference, with brown rice more of the grain remains intact. In the process of removing the outer layer and cereal germ of white rice, some vitamins and minerals are lost – when you see enriched white rice that means they were added back in. Brown rice, however has more fiber (this is the biggest deal about why brown rice is believed to be healthier), magnesium, folate and some other minerals. The higher level of fiber keeps you fuller longer.  Some studies have shown a lot of health benefits associated with the consumption of brown rice and other whole grains.

Grilled Pork Loin with Brown Rice

 

Which has more carbs and calories, brown or white rice?

Both white and brown rice have amounts of calories and carbs per cup, with brown rice being slightly higher at 44 grams of carbs per cup.

How Many Calories are in a Cup of Brown Rice?

216 calories, and 1.8 grams of fat.

How long can you store brown rice?

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove

If a bag is unopened, it will have a “Best Used By” Date on it. Once it’s opened (or if you bought your rice in bulk) you should transfer it to an airtight container and use it within about 4 months. Because brown rice has oils in it, it can go rancid, where as white rice will last a whole lot longer.

What to Serve with Brown Rice?

Really anything you would serve with white rice!  Once you’ve made your pot of perfect brown rice you can serve it as is alongside anything from Mediterranean Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables to Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa to Thai Salmon.

Brown Rice Recipes:

 

Grilled Pork Loin with Brown Rice

 

Here is the best basic brown rice recipe!

Learn How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove—A recipe for perfect brown rice every time!  Finally get over your brown rice fear and get that ideal bowl of plump, chewy little nutritious grains.

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove

  • Method: Stovetop
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
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  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 ½ cups water or broth
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)

1. Rinse the rice in a mesh strainer—if you aren’t in the mood, skip it.

Learn How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove—A recipe for perfect brown rice every time!  Finally get over your brown rice fear and get that ideal bowl of plump, chewy little nutritious grains.

2. Combine the rice, water salt, and butter (if using) in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer, uncovered, over medium-high heat.

Learn How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove—A recipe for perfect brown rice every time!  Finally get over your brown rice fear and get that ideal bowl of plump, chewy little nutritious grains.

3. Reduce the heat so that the rice stays at a low simmer, and cover the pot. Simmer without lifting the lid of the pot for 45 minutes. Lift the lid and see if the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed. If so, remove the pan from the hat, leave the lid on , and let it sit for 10 minutes. If not, and it seems like the rice isn’t quite tender but the water is gone, add a few tablespoons more water or broth and let it cook for another minute or so. If there is just a tiny bit of liquid left, just leave it while you let the rice rest for 10 minutes – and it should absorb.

Learn How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove—A recipe for perfect brown rice every time!  Finally get over your brown rice fear and get that ideal bowl of plump, chewy little nutritious grains.

4. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

Learn How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove—A recipe for perfect brown rice every time!  Finally get over your brown rice fear and get that ideal bowl of plump, chewy little nutritious grains.

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2 thoughts on “How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove”

  1. Michele says:

    I think maybe it is better to use a little less water if you live in a humid place (like I do). Mine would have come out perfect I think with just 1/4 cup less.

    1. Katie Workman says:

      yes, things can vary from place to place, and altitude can also be a factor!

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