How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove -

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice on the Stove -

These days many of us are swapping in brown rice for white in all sorts of ways. Seriously, if you look at the sushi offerings at the Whole Foods sushi counter, almost half of them are made with brown rice, and you know Whole Foods isn’t serving up all that brown rice sushi without a ready group of consumers.

And lots of restaurants are offering brown rice as an option, Asian restaurants in particular. And we are making it at home more often – but if you’re just getting started in the brown rice world, you may have some questions, and want some advice on how to make tender brown rice, and make it well. Because badly cooked brown rice can be grainy and mushy, while perfectly cooked brown rice results in plump, chewy little grains, with loads of flavor, and great texture.  Not to mention a nice nutritional boost.  Here’s a recipe for how to get perfect brown rice every time.

Brown rice is rice with the inedible outer hull removed, but with the germ and outer layer intact. It is more nutritious than white rice and has a denser, chewier, nuttier, grain.

What types of brown rice are there?  Which one should you buy?

Pretty much every rice comes in a brown version from long-grain to basmati.  Long or medium grain is best for most preparations, including simple cooked brown rice. Short grain can be stickier and is sometimes desired for Asian rice preparations.

This is what you need to know to cook perfect brown rice on the stove.

Do you need to rinse brown rice before cooking?

It’s often advised, but I’ve more often than not skipped this.  While rinsing may help keep the grains more separate and distinct, it’s not going to ruin your pot of rice if you skip it.  See if your package has specific instructions on this.

What is the brown rice water ratio?

The basic brown rice water ratio is 2 1/2 cups water for every 1 cup of brown rice.

How long does it take to cook brown rice?

Brown rice usually takes about 45 minutes to become cooked and tender, once the water (or broth) comes to a simmer, and then it needs at least 10 minutes to stand before serving.

How do you freeze cooked brown rice?

Place it in freezer-proof zipper-top bags.  Pack them into whichever sizes you most likely will want to defrost in the coming months. Press the bag to squeeze out all of the air then seal it.   Label the bag with the date and also write Brown Rice on it.  Really you might think it’s barley or something when you encounter it in its frozen state months later, and you shouldn’t have to guess at what it is! It will keep in the freezer for at least 4 months, up to 6.

What is the difference between brown and white rice?

While brown rice has the outer hull removed, white rice also has the outer layer and the cereal germ removed in addition to the hull.  

What are the Nutritional Advantages of Brown Rice?

As for the nutritional difference, with brown rice more of the grain remains intact. In the process of removing the outer layer and cereal germ of white rice, some vitamins and minerals are lost – when you see enriched white rice that means they were added back in. Brown rice, however has more fiber (this is the biggest deal about why brown rice is believed to be healthier), magnesium, folate and some other minerals. The higher level of fiber keeps you fuller longer.  Some studies have shown a lot of health benefits associated with the consumption of brown rice and other whole grains.

Which has more carbs and calories, brown or white rice?

Both white and brown rice have amounts of calories and carbs per cup, with brown rice being slightly higher at 44 grams of carbs per cup.

How Many Calories are in a Cup of brown rice?

216 calories, and 1.8 grams of fat.

How long can you store brown rice?


If a bag is unopened, it will have a “Best Used By” Date on it. Once it’s opened you should transfer it to an airtight container and use it within about 4 months.  The same applies if you bought your rice in bulk.   Because of the natural oils it contains, it can go rancid more quickly than white rice.

What to Serve with Brown Rice?

Really anything you would serve with white rice!  Once you’ve made your pot of perfect brown rice you can serve it as is alongside anything from Mediterranean Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables to Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa to Thai Salmon.