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How To Cook Brown Rice On Stovetop

Brown rice is a base for many Asian dishes. In a few simple steps, you can make this perfectly fluffy brown rice for your meals!

a grey bowl filled with cooked brown rice.

When you’re planning a meal and rice is on the menu, there’s not a lot of work that you have to put in to cook it. After all, it’s the perfect base or side dish to any meal. This recipe is for the perfect brown rice.

The nutty flavor and chewy texture of this rice makes it well-loved with kids, too. My kids enjoy stir fry and many different protein options that pair well with this cooked rice.

I know when I have a pot of rice cooked, I have a base to any dish already started. There are so many questions that come up.

three bowls one filled with cooked white rice one filled with cooked brown rice and one filled with uncooked white rice plus a towel on the side.

What flavor combinations should I do? Soy sauce or teriyaki? Which protein pairs best here?

This brown rice recipe easily answers all those questions. You can achieve the best brown rice that you’re looking for in your recipes, your stir fries, side dishes, or even a grain bowl base.

Rice cooks easily on the stove and can be a side to any of your favorite recipes, too. Its fluffy texture makes for a great base that soaks up sauces amazingly.

What is the difference between short-grain and long-grain rice?

Nutritionally, they’re identical. The main difference in these types of rice is the consistency it has after it cooks. Short grain rice tends to be more of a sticky rice, good for sushi. Long grain rice is better for casseroles or salads. Brown rice is more of a long grain rice.

How do you cook rice?

Cooking rice on the stove is my go-to method. While an electric rice cooker may take off the pressure of cooking rice on the stove, it isn’t always available.

If you only cook rice occasionally, why not just make it on the stove? With this easy recipe, you can get perfect results every time and have a go-to rice recipe for any Asian dish. I think it’s the best way to cook rice, even if it isn’t the most easy method.

Key Ingredients

Ingredients in gold measuring cups with labels in black lettering brown rice one cup rice two and a half cup water a quarter teaspoon salt.

Rice of course! You only need one cup of rice for this recipe. You can use regular brown rice to start with so you don’t have to worry about any other rice varieties.

Water to cook the rice in. For each cup of whole grain brown rice, you can use 2.5 cups of water.

Salt for flavor.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to Cook Brown Rice on the Stovetop

Step 1: Rinse the rice

Rinse the rice in a mesh strainer beneath running water. Let it drain.

brown rice in a sieve.

Steps 2 & 3: Boil the rice

Place 1 cup of brown rice with water and salt in a pot.

Rice and water in a white pot.

Allow the mixture to reach a soft boil.

Step 4: Cook

Cover with a tight-fitting lid and place on low heat for 45-50 minutes.

Rice in a pot on a wooden board covered with a lid.

Step 5: Rest, fluff, and enjoy

Uncover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and enjoy!

A pot with cooked brown rice and a fork.

Expert Tips:

  • Rinse the brown rice under cold water before cooking to remove excess surface starch, preventing clumping.
  • The ratio of water to rice will change depending on the type of rice you are using. For this long grain brown rice, use a ratio of 1 cup of rice to 2.5 cups of water.
  • Cook brown rice in vegetable or chicken broth instead of plain water for added flavor.

What can I serve with rice?

There is so much you can do with rice. You can mix it up and make a fruity dish with this Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe that takes less than 30 minutes! A rice main dish would be this Wild Rice and Roasted Winter Squash Salad.

Also, rice can go in soup! That’s right, this Gluten Free Beef Soup with Rice and Potatoes is amazing and uses rice, cooking it the easy way! Enjoy all these ways to make rice! You can’t hold yourself back!

This plain brown rice is just the beginning. You’re putting your foot in the door of cooking greatness starting with fluffy rice! You may have noticed several tasty rice salads in this selection. I can’t help myself, warm rice salads are so delicious I love to share them!

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A grey bowl filled with cooked brown rice.

Brown Rice

Brown rice is a base to many Asian dishes and in a few simple steps, you can make this perfectly fluffy brown rice for your meals!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings2
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice in a strainer beneath running water. Let it drain.
    1 cup rice
    Brown rice in a sieve.
  • Place 1 cup of brown rice with 2½ cups of water and ¼ teaspoon salt in a pot.
    1 cup rice, 2½ cup water, ¼ tsp salt
    Rice and water in a white pot.
  • Allow the mixture to reach a soft boil.
  • Cover with a tight-fitting lid and place on low heat for 45-50 minutes.
    Rice in a pot on a wooden board covered with a lid.
  • Uncover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and enjoy!
    A pot with cooked brown rice and a fork.

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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