• 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.

Cooking Time:

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.

Resting Period:

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.

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