- 1 cup brown rice
- 2 cups water or vegetable broth
- Salt (optional)
Rinse the Rice:
Rinse the brown rice under cold running water to remove excess starch. This helps prevent the rice from being too sticky.
Combine Rice and Water:
In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the rinsed brown rice and water or vegetable broth. If you want to add flavor, you can add a pinch of salt at this stage.
Bring to a Boil:
Place the saucepan over high heat and bring the water to a boil.
Reduce Heat and Simmer:
Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let the rice simmer. The intense heat allows the rice to absorb the water gradually.
Brown rice typically takes longer to cook than white rice. Simmer it for about 40-50 minutes. Check the cooking instructions on the package, as different types of brown rice may have varying cooking times.
Check for Doneness:
After the recommended cooking time, check if the rice is done. It should be tender but still have a slight chewiness. If needed, you can add a little more water and continue cooking.
Turn off the heat and let the rice sit, covered, for about 5-10 minutes. This allows any remaining moisture to be absorbed.
Fluff the Rice:
After the resting period, fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains. This step helps prevent the rice from becoming too sticky.
Your brown rice is now ready to be served as a side dish, base for stir-fries, or part of any other meal.
Note: Cooking times may vary based on the type of brown rice you’re using (long-grain, short-grain, etc.). Always refer to the package instructions for the most accurate cooking time and water-to-rice ratio. Additionally, you can use a rice cooker for added convenience. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions for brown rice.