Tired of mushy, gummy, or not-quite-cooked-enough brown rice? This is my foolproof way to cook perfect brown rice that’s fluffy every time!
I’m a big fan of brown rice but it wasn’t always that way. There was a long time that I was convinced that brown rice had two ways of being served– chewy and hard or complete mush. I don’t know why I had never had properly cooked brown rice before, but I just hadn’t.
It wasn’t until I learned to make it this way that I actually started liking it. It’s been years since I figured this out and I honestly can’t remember where I read that this was the secret to cook perfect brown rice, but it truly is. And now, I rarely make white rice anymore! My kids don’t ask for it and I actually prefer the hearty, nutty taste of brown rice compared to the white. Also, this method doesn’t take 5 bazillion years to cook! Just 30 minutes, which is quite an improvement from the hour+ I was cooking it on the stovetop before.
Are you ready for this? It’s so stinkin’ simple.
Boil some water in a big pot just like you would for pasta.
Pour your desired amount of rice into the boiling water, just like you would pasta.
Let it boil, just like you would pasta, for 30 minutes. Try a piece and see if it’s tender enough for you. If not, just keep boiling.
If it is cooked how you like, pour the rice and water into a colander and drain off the water. Then, quickly pour the rice back into the pot and cover it. You’ll let it “steam” like this for 5 minutes.
After it’s had a chance to steam, just fluff it up with a fork and you’re ready to eat!
Pretty simple huh? If you try this method, I’d love to hear what you think! It’s definitely made getting our whole grains into our meals a whole lot easier!
- 2 C Brown Rice
- 3 Quarts Water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Bring water to a boil in large pot. Add salt bring back to a boil and pour in rice. Let cook at a full boil (just like you do pasta) for 30 minutes.
- Test a piece of rice and if it's cooked to your liking, remove from heat and pour rice into a colander to drain off the water.
- Immediately pour rice back into the pot and cover with a tight fitting lid. Allow rice to steam off the heat for 5 minutes and fluff with a fork before serving.
by Heather Cheney
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