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How To Cook Brown Rice On Stovetop

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!

white rice in a blue bowl brown rice in a grey bowl and a small bowl of uncooked 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. What flavor combinations should I do? Soy sauce or teriyaki? Which protein pairs best here?

These questions are easily answered all here in this recipe. You can achieve the best brown rice that you’re looking for in your recipes, your stir fries, side dishes, or even burrito 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 how they are after they cook. Short grain rice tends to be more of a sticky rice, good for sushi rather than long grain, which is better for casseroles or salads. Brown rice is more of a long grain rice.

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.

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 dishes. I think it’s the best way to cook rice, even if it isn’t the most easy method.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy brown rice recipe:

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.

cooked white rice in a blue bowl with cooked brown rice in a grey bowl with a towel on the side and uncooked white rice in another small bowl.

What can I serve with rice?

There is so much you can do with rice. Rice is a good side dish to Cajun Halibut with Quinoa and Watercress. You can mix it up and make a fruity dish with Pineapple Fried Rice Under 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! There are so many different ways to enjoy rice. You can’t hold yourself back! This plain white 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!

Here are more healthy recipes to have with this rice:

Easy Mongolian Beef with Simple Mixed Vegetables are a good main dish to have with this perfect rice.

Sautéed Pan Chicken and Vegetables are a great stir fry main dish.

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
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov



  • 1 cup rice
  • cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • 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.


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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