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How to Make Brown Rice (2 Ways)

A step-by-step tutorial (and video!) for how to make perfect brown rice every time. Plus, delicious ideas for how to use it!

Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8 (1/2-cup servings)
Category: Side
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5-6 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice (we prefer organic short grain)
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Optional: Soaking grains helps to remove some of the naturally-occurring phytic acid in the grain, which helps improve digestibility and speed cook time. To soak: Add rice to a large mixing bowl or pot and cover with twice the amount of lukewarm water (1 cup rice + 2-3 cups water). Soak uncovered at room temperature for at least 2 hours or overnight. Then drain and rinse once more. 

Method 1

  1. For extra fluffy rice, start by bringing 12 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Once boiling, add rinsed rice and stir. Boil on high uncovered for 20 minutes (if soaked) and 30 minutes (if not soaked) or until tender (sample a grain of rice to test doneness). 

  2. Then strain for 10 seconds and return to pot removed from the heat. Cover with a lid and let steam for 10 minutes. Then serve! This rice is delicious in things like stir fries, sushi, fried rice, with stews, and more!

  3. Store cooled leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 5-6 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with a little oil or water until warm.

Method 2

  1. Add water and rice to a medium saucepan. If you soaked your grains, you’ll add 1.5 times as much water as rice, which in this case would be 1.5 cups. If not soaked, you’ll add 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and once boiling, lower heat to a simmer and cover. 

  2. Cook until water is completely absorbed and rice is tender – about 15-25 minutes (will depend on whether or not the rice was soaked). Drain off any excess water if there is any. I like to turn off the heat and remove the lid for 10 minutes so the rice gets fluffier. Feel free to fluff with a fork at this time as well. Then return the lid to keep warm until serving. This rice is delicious in things like stir fries, sushi, fried rice, with stews, and more!

  3. Store cooled leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 5-6 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with a little oil or water until warm.

Notes

*Prep time reflects 2 hours soaking. If not soaking, prep time is 0 minutes.
*Method 1 is from Saveur!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate without salt added to water.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 8 half-cup servings)