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How Do I Make Brown Rice?

Better Brown Rice: Tips to Making the Perfect Pot

We know that brown rice has got the whole-grain goods that make it healthier than white rice. Earlier in the Summer I shared how I've been incorporating more brown rice into my meals instead of just white. A reader shared that she was having a problem making the perfect pot.

"I've tried mixing the two, but it seems like brown rice needs longer to cook and is always crunchier than the white rice when my rice cooker says it's "finished" cooking. Any suggestions for that?" – Anonymous

I've definitely been in the same boat. There's nothing worse than a mouthful of too-crunchy grains to go with your delicious stir fry. Whether you are mixing or going all the way, here are some methods I've been using over the Summer to make my brown rice more moist.

  • Soak your brown rice for a few minutes (15-30 minutes) before you rinse and incorporate the white grains. This softens the husk and cuts down on cooking time.
  • Add more water than you would when cooking only white rice. But remember that if you add too much water you'll end up with mushy/crunchy rice! I don't go over the 2:1 ratio.
  • Add a teaspoon of salt to the water. This raises the boiling point temperature so the water doesn't evaporate too quickly.
  • Use this recipe's steaming method by draining your cooked brown rice and returning it to a covered pot.
  • Try baking it, like YumSugar did, with a little butter and salt.

How do you make your brown rice the best? Share in the comments below.

Source: Flickr User erin.kkr

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bellakaoru bellakaoru 5 years
Has anyone tried the new Uncle Ben's white/brown rice? I'm trying to match the switch but having trouble, and I think this might help. Thanks for all the suggestions though!!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
The first time I mixed the two it was a disaster. Too mushy with some weird crunch. The second go around was perfect. I steamed 1/2 c brown rice for 20-30 mins in 2 cups water, and then added in the white rice which only needs to cook for 20 and uses up the remainder of the water. Lovely fluffy rice :)
amber512 amber512 5 years
I like topping it with salsa! Tastes sooo good! Add spices and seasonings and it tastes great!
bryseana bryseana 5 years
Gracias. I have like so much brown rice.
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