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How to Cook Brown Rice

Learn how to cook brown rice easily. Follow my step-by-step tutorial to make perfect rice on your stovetop - a quick and staple recipe with fluffy texture!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 172kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 1 cup medium or long grain brown rice
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Measure the rice into a cup and level the top.
  • Rinse the rice in a fine mesh sieve thoroughly in cold water until the water runs clear.
  • Pour the rice into a deep pot over a low heat.
  • Add double the amount of cold water, then bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir the rice in the pot to evenly distribute it, but don’t over stir.
  • Cover the brown rice with a lid and cook undisturbed on a low heat for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Allow the rice to rest in the pot for about 5 minutes, without opening the lid, to absorb all the liquid and steam. Uncover and check to see if all the water is absorbed; some water (about a tablespoon) on the bottom is fine, and you can drain off any excess water. If there is a lot of water remaining, cook it for 10-15 more minutes until the water is absorbed.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains, and serve.


Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 5 days in the fridge.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg