How To Cook Brown Rice Perfectly Every Time

Brown Rice Recipe.

How to Cook Brown Rice

The very first time I made brown rice (a few years ago), it turned into a big, gross, gloopy mess. The second time, it was so overcooked that it was inedible. After that experience, I threw out the rest of the bag. I gave up on brown rice.

It wasn’t until last year when I started to transition to more healthful foods that I considered brown rice again. I found this fabulous tutorial from one of my favourite food blogs, Skinnytaste, that taught me how to cook brown rice. I am now able to make perfect brown rice whenever I want it. Thanks, Gina!

Perfect Brown Rice

  • Servings: 3 Cups


  • 1 Cup Brown Rice
  • 8 Cups Cold Water
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt


  1. Rinse the rice in cold water and set aside. Boil the water over high heat and once boiling, add salt and rice.
  2. Rinse Rice

  3. Stir and cover the pot, but only partially (otherwise the water will spill over). Turn the heat down to medium and cook for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  4. Cooking Brown Rice

  5. Drain the rice in a mesh strainer and immediately return to pot. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
  6. Drain Rice

    Cooking Rice

  7. Fluff with a fork and you’re done!
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  1. Linda says:

    Thank you for this post! I tried to switch to brown rice as well and was having such a time trying to get it right.

  2. Diane says:

    I use a rice cooker and find it works well with brown rice. I also like to mix brown rice with white rice or Quinoa. I sometimes find brown rice and bit too dense for my liking but still want to eat it.

  3. Debbie says:

    I second the rice cooker method. Works great every time! 🙂

  4. Gena says:

    Thank you for this post!!I’ve never been able to make brown rice correctly until today all because I tried your method! THANKS!!

  5. Kelsey says:

    When you drain out the water, you lose some of the nutrients/vitamins from the rice…that’s why it’s beneficial to only add as much water as the rice will absorb.

    Just wanted to throw this out there for those who are eating brown rice for its health benefits like I am.

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