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Brown Rice Recipe – How To Cook

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This easy, foolproof brown rice recipe will give you perfect rice that is never sticky. Make it ahead and freeze for the month.

Want to know how to cook perfect brown rice every time? This foolproof method will give you perfect rice that is never sticky.

How to Cook Brown Rice

Brown rice is extremely nutritious with higher fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals compared to white rice. There are endless dishes you can make with it such as Fried Rice, Mexican Style Brown Rice, or serve it with your favorite protein and vegetable.

I never liked making brown rice because it was always hit or miss, until I found this easy cooking method on Saveur. Now it comes out perfect every time and because I make large batches, it’s great to keep on hand to use throughout week to create easy sides or new dishes.

Double or Triple the Recipe

I’ve played around with the original recipe quite a bit and found the perfect ratio of rice to water. If you are making 2 or 3 cups of rice, double or triple the recipe.

How To Cook Brown Rice on Stove

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Rinse the rice and add to the pot of boiling water.
  3. Boil the rice, partially covered 30 minutes.
  4. Drain the rice, shut the stove off and return the rice to the pot.
  5. Cover the pot tight to let the steam continue cooking it for 20 minutes then fluff with a fork.

How To Freeze Brown Rice

You can use frozen rice straight from the freezer to the microwave or stove top— no need to thaw in the refrigerator first. This is very economic and a great way to save time for busy weekdays.

  • Step 1: Cook Rice. Cook the rice following the method below.
  • Step 2: Let it cool. Once the rice is cooked, spread in an even layer over a sheet pan and cool for about 10 minutes, until it’s room temperature.
  • Step 3: Portion. Measure the rice and separate by portions, then transfer to freezer safe containers or ziplock bags squeezing out as much air as possible. I love using these Souper Cubes for rice.
  • Step 4: Label and freeze. Label the name, date and amount of rice in each bag.
  • Step 5: Freeze. You can freeze the rice for up to 3 months.
  • Step 6: Reheat. To reheat you can microwave from frozen covered for 3 minutes, or add to the stove if you’re making stir fries, soups, etc.

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Is Brown Rice Healthy?

Yes, whole grains contain more nutrients than grains that have been refined.

Is Brown Rice Gluten-Free?

Yes, brown rice and all types of rice are gluten-free. However, some may have cross-contact contamination. And processed rice products often contain wheat or other gluten-containing ingredients in sauces, spice blends, and as a filler. So always check labels to be sure.

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Brown Rice Recipe

5 from 41 votes
How to cook perfect brown rice every time? This foolproof method makes perfect brown rice that is never sticky.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Want to know how to cook perfect brown rice every time? This foolproof method will give you perfect rice that is never sticky.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 52 minutes
Yield: 5 servings
Serving Size: 3 /4 cup


  • large pot


  • 1 cup natural brown rice, I used long grain
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt


  • Rinse the rice with cold water for 30 seconds.
  • Bring the water and salt to a boil over high heat in a large heavy pot with a tight fitting lid.
  • When the water is boiling add the rice, stir and partially cover (don't cover complete or it will spill over) and cook on medium-high heat for 30 minutes.
  • Shut the heat off. Drain the rice in strainer, then quickly return to the pot and cover tightly for 20 minutes so the steam finishes cooking the rice.
  • Uncover the rice and fluff with a fork.

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Makes about 3 1/2 cups. Different rice varieties may yield different amounts.
Adapted from Saveur


Serving: 3 /4 cup, Calories: 128 kcal, Carbohydrates: 9 g, Protein: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 0.1 g, Sodium: 700 mg, Fiber: 1 g