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How to Cook Brown Rice

How to cook brown rice on the stove top. In this post you will learn the best way to cook perfect brown rice on the stove. This foolproof method makes the best light and fluffy brown rice!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 136kcal


  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1 cup long grain brown rice


  • Bring water (and salt, if using) to a boil in a large pot that has a tight-fitting lid.
  • Meanwhile, place the rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse it under cold running water.
  • Once the water is boiling, stir in the rice and reduce the heat to medium-high. Boil the rice, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat. Pour the rice into a strainer and drain for about 10 seconds. Immediately return the rice to the hot pot and cover with the lid. Let the rice sit for 10 minutes before serving. During this time it will steam and become light and fluffy.
  • Fluff the rice and serve.


  • You can store leftover cooked rice in your refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat the rice to steaming hot before serving.
  • You can freeze rice for up to 1 month. Thaw and reheat until steaming.


Serving: 3/4 cup | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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