How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice

Learn how to cook brown rice perfectly every time! With this easy stovetop method, it's always fluffy and light - just right for stir fries, bowls, and more.

Brown rice in a pot

I love days when I have a big container of cooked brown rice in the fridge. It’s a fantastic starting point for curries, stir fries, fried rice, and more, and its earthy, nutty flavor is even delicious on its own. Sometimes, I’ll toss it with a pinch of salt,top it with an egg和call itbreakfast.


Rumor has it that cooking brown rice on the stove is tricky, but I’m here to tell you that it’s actually simple! This easy, foolproof cooking method yields perfect brown rice every time. You only need water, rice, olive oil, and a pot to try it, so say goodbye to mushy rice, and let’s get cooking!

Short and long grain brown rice


This easy method will work for any type of brown rice, as long as it’s not an instant or quick-cooking variety. These products are more processed than typical brown rice, so their cooking times will vary. Once you’re ready to cook, follow these simple steps:

  • First, rinse the rice.此步骤是在大米外去除多余的淀粉是必不可少的。如果他们不冲走,就会造成大米凝集并成为粘性,因为它厨师。我们的目标是让完美的蓬松糙米,所以不要跳过这一步!我想,直到在碗中的水变清了一个大碗里涮矿细网过滤。
  • Then, measure the appropriate water to rice ratio.我用2杯水的大米每杯。水和大米添加到一个中型平底锅,并在特级初榨橄榄油一茶匙搅拌。
  • Next, it’s time to cook!把水烧开,减少热量,盖,煨约45分钟,直至米鲜嫩已吸收的水。
  • Finally, turn off the heat.Let the pot sit, covered, for 10 minutes before removing the lid and fluffing with a fork.

How to cook brown rice

Favorite Brown Rice Recipes

一旦你手头上有米饭,你会发现各种各样的方式来使用它!将它添加到炒菜,成为它作为配菜curry要么鹰嘴豆马萨拉, or swap it for the white rice in mycilantro lime rice recipe. I also use short grain brown rice to add texture toveggie burgers素食主义者meatballs. It has a stickier texture than long grain brown rice, which is key for making extra-hearty patties that hold their shape in the oven, on the stove, and on the grill.

But most often, I use it as a base for healthy grain bowls. I call for it specifically in this佛钵, thisadzuki bean bowl, 还有这个mango ginger rice bowl,但你也可以使用它作为一个简单的,没有处方粮碗的起点。只需添加一个(或多个)从每个类别的项目以打开白饭成美味dinner:

Let me know what variations you try!

Brown rice in a pot


If you loved this recipe, try makingfarro,quinoa, orcouscous下一个!


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Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 55mins
Total Time: 1hr
Serves 4


  • 1cupuncooked brown rice,well rinsed
  • 2
  • 1茶匙extra-virgin olive oil


  • Combine the rinsed rice, water, and olive oil in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let it sit, covered for 10 more minutes. Fluff with a fork.


This rice-to-water ratio also works in a rice cooker using the brown rice setting. If you're using a rice cooker to cook your rice, skip the olive oil.



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  1. Lydia Tarallo

    Thank you for such lovely recipes. I’m in the process of trying to eat only healthy foods.

  2. Janelle

    I’m so confused! Several recipes (even from blogs I trust) say 6-11 cups of water! Then here and on another place I found, you only have a 2 to 1 ratio. Why the huge discrepancy?

    • 珍妮·多诺弗里奥

      Hi Janelle, they might be using the pasta method where you cook rice in a pot of boiling water and then drain it. I like that method for white rice (it’s in another post), but I prefer this regular steaming method for brown rice.


  3. Jino

    5 stars
    爱它 !!

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