How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice

Short Grain Brown Rice

I love brown rice, but I have to tell you that more times than not, I am unhappy with the texture when I cook it at home.  I have no problem turning out batches of perfectly steamed white rice, whether it’s on the stovetop, in the oven, or in the rice cooker.  But up until yesterday, every method of cooking brown rice seemed to come up short.

After searching the Web for ‘Perfect Brown Rice,’ I found a wonderful little article at with a rice-making method that sounded like the perfect solution to my brown rice dilemma.  I tried it immediately with some Brown Basmati and turned out my very first batch of perfect brown rice! The rice was tender but certainly not mushy. And the grains were separate rather than being stuck together.

The only thing that bothered me was the fact that Saveur told me to use 12 cups of water for one cup of rice.  It just seemed wasteful.

So, I tried again, this time with short grain brown rice.  On my second attempt, I reduced the amount of water to four cups per cup of brown rice and the results were once again perfect!  So if you’ve ever had problems cooking brown rice or if you’re curious about switching to whole grain rice but aren’t sure the best way to prepare it, I really suggest giving this method a try!

And don’t forget to read the short article about cooking brown rice at Saveur!

Perfect Brown Rice

(adapted from Saveur)

brown rice (whichever type you prefer)
water – use at least four cups of water for every one cup of rice
salt – to taste

Rinse rice in a strainer under cold running water for 30 seconds, swirling the rice around with your hand.  Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a large pot over high heat.  When water boils, add the rice, stir it once.  Turn heat to medium and boil, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  After 30 minutes, pour the rice into a strainer over the sink.  Let the rice drain for 10 seconds, then return it to the pot, off the heat.  Immediately cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and set it aside to allow the rice to steam for 10 minutes (if your pot lid isn’t extremely tight, place a piece of aluminum foil over pot then place the lid on top of foil for a tighter seal). After ten minutes, uncover rice, fluff with a fork, and season with salt to taste.

notes: *the original Saveur recipe instructs you to use 12 cups of water for one cup of rice. This seemed wasteful to me and after trying a few times, I decided that four cups of water for each cup of rice works perfectly fine. You can cook as much rice as you want, just try to stick to that general ratio.

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  1. Susan C

    I’m so grateful to you for posting this. I’ve had the same problem with the texture of the brown rice I’ve cooked at home.

    And there’s nothing worse that pasty brown rice. I was in a Thai restaurant the other day. I chose the brown rice option and was served a pasty mess that was sticking together in clumps. I requested another bowl, but it was from the same batch and just the same. (Perhaps I should share the “secret” with them too.)

    2:52 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  2. Meagan

    OHHhhhh.. I’ve been craving brown rice lately!! But like you it never comes out right… I’m always so impatient for it to get finished so I can dig in!! Good info to have, “patience does a perfect cup of brown rice make” :oD

    3:18 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  3. Marilyn

    I usually cook mine in the pressure cooker and it come out delicious, but I have to make a big batch. Your method should be good for smaller amounts of rice. Thank you.

    One question. What about the water soluble vitamins that you wash down the drain with this method? Or have I been too indoctrinated by salesmen of the waterless cooking pots?

    4:46 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  4. Jen Schall @ My Kitchen Addiction

    I, too, have problems cooking brown rice. Thanks for the tips and pointers! Between your recipe and the Saveur article, I should be able to figure it out!

    5:02 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  5. Psychgrad

    What? You mean brown rice doesn’t have to be gross and crunchy? I should really give it another try!

    6:23 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  6. Cindy

    I loved opening this email–I just served brown rice to my family the other night and it was terrible! I am so glad to get this tip, because I know it’s so good for us!

    7:08 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  7. Karina

    Interesting- and at high altitude, I imagine your method works better than the standard formula I’ve used. I twittered this post- great for gluten-free folks.

    7:24 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  8. leaca

    Thanks for this. We have been trying to eat more brown rice and whole grains and I have been struggling with making them taste good.

    It is nice to see a post from you. =]

    7:43 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  9. Matthew

    Thank you! These tips are awesome. (And thanks Karina, for tweeting this so I could find it….)

    I’ve noticed that my brown rice comes out fine in the rice steamer if I add twice the amount of water I’m supposed to. If I use Brown Basmati and use two cups of water per half a cup of rice, it’s usually pretty good. Occasionally it comes out a little mushy though, but I prefer that to “gross and crunchy”.

    ALSO, you can just skip the nonsense altogether and buy the ready-cooked brown rice you get in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s or, if you don’t live near one, order some steamed rice from a chinese restaurant that has brown rice as an option.

    7:45 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  10. Nicole

    Susan C: I’ve actually had the opposite experience when I’ve ordered brown rice at restaurants. The brown rice I get from our neighborhood Chinese restaurant is always perfectly cooked and I hated that I couldn’t achieve the same thing at home! Well, now I can :-)
    Meagan: I know, doesn’t it always seem like brown rice is something we don’t have time to cook? But in reality it only takes ten minutes longer than white rice! :-)

    Marilyn: You know, I can’t really tell you how much nutrition is getting thrown out with the water! But I eat brown rice for flavor and fiber and worry about getting my vitamins from fresh fruits and veggies! :-)

    Jen Schall: I’ve tried it three times so far and it really seems to be foolproof! I’m sure you’ll be successful!

    Psychgrad: Hahaha! I’ve always had the problem of overcooking brown rice instead of it being crunchy! Either way, it’s not too appetizing! :-)

    Cindy: I hope that you have better luck next time, let me know if this method works for you!

    Karina: Thanks for posting the link on twitter! You rock!

    Leaca: Glad to hear you’re trying to eat more whole grains, I’m doing the same!

    Matthew: My rice steamer isn’t very good and I’ve never had good luck with brown rice in it. Like you, it ends up either overcooked or undercooked. And yes, the frozen brown rice at Trader Joe’s is great but more expensive than making a big batch of your own! You could always try making some rice this way and then freezing individual portions for yourself! :-)

    7:55 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  11. Sweet Kitchen

    I bake my brown rice in the oven and it comes out perfectly every time with no fuss. Alton Brown’s recipe is on Food Network:

    Love your blog!

    7:57 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  12. Adriana

    Thank you for this recipe. I usually cook white rice and it comes out delicious every time. However, for health reasons I would like to begin feeding my family brown rice. So many more nutrients and benefits to it. Thing is, I use a rice cooker. Would this same method apply to a rice cooker?

    10:05 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  13. Nicole

    Sweet Kitchen: Thanks for the link, I’m sure the oven-baked rice comes out great! But this stovetop method is much faster!

    Adriana: No, this method is definitely not for a rice cooker! You boil the rice on the stove, drain it, then return it to the pot. It’s really simple!

    10:15 pm  Apr 6th, 2009
  14. flylice2x

    I mix brown rice with white rice in my rice cooker. 3 cups white 1 cup brown. Add a cup more of water than when using all white rice.

    4:48 am  Apr 7th, 2009
  15. Alta

    Interesting! I saw that same article in Saveur, and I’ve been (mostly) happy with my rice cooker, but this seems even better! Will definitely have to try! Thanks for sharing.

    5:29 am  Apr 7th, 2009
  16. Soma

    This is really one great post, which i could use. 12 cups! .. 4 cups sounds just right.. & i should try that steaming part next time.

    7:20 am  Apr 7th, 2009
  17. Jeff

    I will have to give this a shot because my normal 2:1 liquid to rice ends up burnt from time to time. Plus I turn into a pot looker because of a paranoid of burning so I am constantly lifting the lid every 5 minutes to stir and make sure water level is good.

    7:41 am  Apr 7th, 2009
  18. kat

    Thanks for this article, again. And I agree with you- the first time I tried this, I already started my stir fry and didn’t want to wait the time it would take for 12c of water to boil. So I just filled my pot, which was definitely < 12c, and followed the rest of the directions. It was great, esp the next day – not crunchy or clumpy on the 2nd day!

    8:36 am  Apr 7th, 2009
  19. Nicole

    flylice2x: Perhaps I just need a different rice cooker, but I’ve just never had success with brown rice in mine. You don’t have a problem with the white rice being overcooked when you combine the two?

    Alta: Would be curious to hear how this method compares to a rice cooker that works better than mine! :-)

    Soma: I think the extra steaming at the end is the real key to a great pot of rice!

    Jeff: Haha! Perhaps you run out of water because you’re looking in the pot too much! 😉

    Kat: That’s what I really liked about this recipe, the rice is just as good the next day! And it’s perfect for fried rice, too!

    12:17 pm  Apr 7th, 2009
  20. Amanda

    I’m so glad you posted this! This REALLY IS the best way to cook brown rice. I cut the page of out of Saveur months ago, and have been passing it on to people ever since. It really changes people’s opinions about brown rice–esp. those who thought they didn’t like it. Each piece of rice is fluffy, and there’s no more mush.

    One of the commentors mentioned brown rice doesn’t work in their rice cooker. My sister had the same problem and has since given away her cooker and just makes it the Saveur way instead. Nothing sticks and cleanup is quick!

    7:49 am  Apr 8th, 2009
  21. Cee Tindall

    This makes sense why my brow rice turned out best in soups – there is more liquid for it to absorb. Thank you so much for posting this. It’s MOST helpful.

    11:27 am  Apr 13th, 2009
  22. Jill, The Veggie Queen

    I also cook my rice in the pressure cooker and have pretty much perfected it. It only takes 22 minutes at pressure.

    I just read an article about the loss of B vitamins when boiling rice and throwing away the liquid so I am not likely to use the method you describe.

    Honestly, though, if it helps people eat more brown rice, I am all for it. And once you’ve conquered and perfected brown, you’ve got to give the various red and black rices a try. There are hundreds of types of whole grain rice in the world. And most of them are quite tasty. Check out my friends at Lotus Foods for some very special types of rice.

    2:14 pm  Apr 14th, 2009
  23. Culinspiration

    Oh man, this is timely! I just made mushy brown rice last night. Ick. But I have problems even with the white stuff.

    1:51 pm  Apr 15th, 2009
  24. debbie

    I’m another fan of Saveur’s method–it really is foolproof. And (for me, at least) another bonus is that you can make it ahead of time and it’ll hold, since it’s got that little bit of hot water underneath the colander. I cook it during my toddler’s afternoon nap (when he takes one) and let it sit until dinnertime.

    3:20 pm  Apr 15th, 2009
  25. Dad and Cathy

    I happened to look on your blog today while I,m cooking brown rice. We have the same problem because brown cooks different than white. Thanks for the advice. Going to try your coconut lime cake for the family reunion this Saturday.

    6:13 pm  Apr 16th, 2009
  26. barbi

    Best way I have found to cook brown rice is in the rice steamer. Using 2 cups water/broth to 1 cup rice turns out great! This is the only way my family will tolerate brown rice.

    3:42 pm  Apr 17th, 2009
  27. derf

    When cooking brown rice, it’s a good idea to add some chicken stock or chicken bouillon to the water along with some dried chives. The taste is so much better than just plain rice, no matter what you plan to serve with your rice.

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    4:35 am  Apr 19th, 2009
  28. DishinandDishes

    I wonder if it changes the nutritional content of the rice at all? I eat it mainly for the nutrition reasons? Anyone know?

    11:43 am  Apr 21st, 2009
  29. a. borealis

    My two cents, a bit late:
    Another no-fail way to cook brown rice perfectly is to soak it in water w/ lemon juice or whey overnight. It neutralizes the phytates, making it more digestable, and it cooks up in a flash. Mmmm…delish and filling. The cookbook “Nourishing Traditions” has all the details. I swear by it!

    btw, I always love checking in at PMS…mouth watering and a feast for the eyes, too. =)

    2:12 pm  Apr 21st, 2009
  30. zoe

    I just made brown rice last night! I wish I had read this post before I did it, it came out slightly mushy

    6:36 am  Apr 23rd, 2009
  31. Jackie-amateurinthekitchen

    Thanks for the brown rice cooking tip.

    5:59 pm  Apr 23rd, 2009
  32. Vonalda-naturalhealthywoman


    Thank you for this post and for a great food blog! This is my first time visiting and I’ll be back often. As a nutritionist, I always recommend brown vs. white rice. But it’s not easy to “get it right.” I can’t wait to try this cooking method.

    P.S.> As someone else mentioned, I often add chicken broth to my rice for a great flavor, depending on what I am serving with the rice. (Half broth, half water).

    Thanks again,

    9:49 am  Apr 24th, 2009
  33. Gabi

    I cook my short grain brown rice in the rice cooker using a 1 cup rice/2 cups water ratio but never was too happy with the result. Thanks for posting this tip!

    Yes the 12 cups of water seem over the top for me also.


    11:35 am  Apr 24th, 2009
  34. Lauren

    I finally perfected brown rice in my rice cooker… adding extra water is the trick! (as noted in a lot of the comments here)
    It seems to work better in bigger batches, so I freeze the left-overs.
    2 c. brown rice, 4 1/2 c. water, 1 veggie boullion cube… perfect every time.

    3:29 pm  Apr 26th, 2009
  35. Amy

    HI i tried doing this and all the water pratically absorbs by the 30 mins is that supposed to happen?? and also the bottom is all burnt rice i dont know what im doing wrong any suggestions

    3:18 pm  Apr 29th, 2009
  36. Nicole

    Amy: Are you sure you used at least four cups of water for each one cup of rice (8 cups water for 2 cups rice, and so on)? The rice shouldn’t come close to absorbing all of the water, so if that’s happening you’ll definitely need to start with more water. Also, when you put the rice back in the pot to steam, make sure you don’t return it to the hot burner. Hope this helps!

    5:22 pm  Apr 29th, 2009
  37. Amy

    hi yeah i did i used 4 cups of water because i used only 1 cup of water do u think it would matter the type of pot i used?

    7:41 pm  Apr 29th, 2009
  38. Nicole

    Amy: Sorry you’ve had problems! Next time, use six cups of water instead of four. I’ll give it a try again today and adjust the recipe if I need to. I thought I had used four cups of water during my last experiment, but maybe it was six. If I’m wrong, I’ll rewrite the recipe! But I’m wondering if maybe you’re using a type of rice that absorbs more water than the types I’ve used so far. Either way, I’ll give it a try and report back! Thanks for your questions!

    10:56 am  Apr 30th, 2009
  39. Nicole

    Amy: Ok, I’m back again! I just cooked one cup of short grain brown rice in four cups of water and it worked fine. Perhaps the problem was that you were using a pot that was too large so the water evaporated faster? I’m not sure sure, but if you just use six cups of water next time, it should be fine. Again, sorry it didn’t work out the first time!

    1:30 pm  Apr 30th, 2009
  40. Alison

    This really works, just finshed eating it now. I used 2 cups of water from the kettle with 1 cup of brown rice. I didn’t use a sieve at any point and I added a bit of butter.

    Thanks so much I can now finally cook brown rice!!! :)

    11:20 am  May 8th, 2009
  41. matt wright

    Fantastic. I too have never been that happy with brown rice at home. Gonna try this tonight. Lovely photos BTW.

    10:34 am  May 14th, 2009
  42. Hee-Sun

    what an awesome recipe/technique! i tried it with my short grain brown rice today and it produced the best brown rice i’ve ever had, hands down! thanks for saving me from mushy or hard brown rice for the rest of my life :)

    12:11 am  May 25th, 2009
  43. vxm

    thank you thank you thank you ! ! ! the only thing i did differently was I started out with cold water and kept it covered for the 1st ten minutes (only because I forgot what I read the first time around). i used your 4 C water to 1 C brown rice method and this is actually the first time we’ve ever enjoyed brown rice! ever! thank you again! i don’t normally comment online, but, i just had to share. it was the perfectly-textured flakey brown rice I’ve ever eaten! I used a small 1 1/2 qt. pot that was just barely big enough.

    6:11 pm  May 31st, 2009
  44. Dhana

    The amount of water you need to use depends on the “age” of the rice. If it is freshly harvested and packed, it is likely to have a higher inherent water content. Older rice that has been stored for a few months before packing needs a tad more water.

    We, in India, never throw away the water in which the rice is cooked. You lose all the water soluble nutrients that way. You have to adjust the amount, so it just about gets absorbed.

    2:17 am  Jul 22nd, 2009
  45. Sue

    This may seem like a silly question, but when you return the rice to the pot, do you keep it in the strainer sitting on top of the pot? Or dump the rice back in? Thank you!

    11:17 am  Jul 28th, 2009
  46. Nicole

    Sue: Not a silly question at all! Dump the rice back into the pot after draining it.

    12:42 pm  Jul 28th, 2009
  47. Dave

    Lovely recipe. A perfect al dente rice- not mushy or crunchy, but ‘just right.’

    I wanted to mention that I too use only 4 cups of water for this recipe, but instead of tossing it down the drain, I capture it in a bowl and then drink it like a tea. There are tone of nutrients form the rice that are in the liquid, and it’s actually quite delicious. I add a few pieces of kombu and bull whip (seaweeds), which add to the flavor and the nutrition. It’s delightful.

    In some japanese soba places, they give you the broth the soba was cooked in after you have eaten your (cold) noodles. You usually add some of the dipping sauce and some scallions. These would both make a nice addition to your rice-broth.


    6:36 am  Aug 21st, 2009
  48. Amy

    I know this is way late but i finally tried to make the rice again..ive been just taking the easy way out and getting brown rice and the chinese restaurant…i took your advice and used 6 cups of water and it worked…thank you so much i will never have to get take out rice again…this actually tastes a lot better

    5:02 pm  Sep 1st, 2009
  49. Carly

    Thankyou. I much prefer brown rice and would love the family to eat it more but it’s not nice when you have to eat it crunchy or worse soggy! LOL.
    I’ll have to give this method a try and see if we can overcome the great brown rice debate in my household! 😀

    9:09 pm  Sep 15th, 2009
  50. Stephanie

    PERFECT! Just used this recipe and I will never try any other method for brown rice again. Thank you, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for :)

    6:15 pm  Sep 17th, 2009
  51. Lisa Marie

    I have a method provided by a 5-star chef.

    1. Finely chop 1 onion
    2. Finely chop 4 to 6 cloves of garlic
    3. Add 3 tablespoons to bottom of fry pan
    4. Add onion and garlic for 3 to 6 minutes until tender lightly cooked
    5. Add 1 cup of brown rice
    6. Fry the brown rice until all the oil is absorbed
    7. Add 1 cup of white wine until it is absorbed
    8. Add 6 to 8 cups of chicken broth just one cup at a time, allowing it to absorb before adding another cup.
    9. Rice will be done perfectly
    10. Add butter, salt, pepper and grated parmesan if you want to make it creamy.

    6:29 pm  Sep 18th, 2009
  52. Nicole

    Lisa Marie: That sounds great! Thanks for sharing :-)

    8:45 am  Sep 20th, 2009
  53. Yoav

    Good article, but I really wish you were more specific on the instructions.. you said 30 minutes for 1 cup of rice, but this quantity changes depending on how much rice, half a cup doesn’t stay 30 minutes, that will burn it (and i’m talking from experience here).

    Can you please add these details?

    2:53 pm  Oct 4th, 2009
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  55. Molly Park

    Great tip, thanks for sharing. I made this last night, and am having it again for lunch as we speak. Not only was it fluffy and flavorful for dinner, but it didn’t dry out in the fridge overnight and is just as good today.

    I used the 4c water/1c rice ration and also added a pinch of salt to my water.

    1:11 pm  Oct 5th, 2009
  56. Carri

    Wow, it works…thank you sooo much! Brown rice always seems to be such an impossible cook. I’ve tried so many methods (even the one where you measure the water according to the first line of your index finger) but it either ends up to mushy or crunchy, but this is the only method that works every time. I was always afraid to cook anything that revolved around rice when having company over..but now I can! Thanks for sharing!

    10:27 am  Oct 14th, 2009
  57. Bella

    Shame on you, David! How can you ask us to toss out the water that contains so many nutrients?

    I think it’s time to go back to the drawing board to correct the recipe.

    1:40 pm  Oct 14th, 2009
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  59. Leslie

    I don’t know why I was surprised after reading all the glowing reviews but I still was astounded. I have never once made even a vaguely satisfactory pot of brown rice but this method yielded perfection! I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    5:44 pm  Nov 22nd, 2009
  60. reeselady

    Great instructions! I tried it tonight and made the best brown rice I’ve ever made!

    3:12 pm  Nov 30th, 2009
  61. Keely

    I live at about 9000 ft above sea level and this method is the best I’ve come across, although i did need to boil the rice for an hour instead of 30 minutes, and then let it steam for 20 minutes or so for it to be perfect, but thanks for the tip!

    5:30 pm  Dec 8th, 2009
  62. Heather

    HOORAY! I quickly searched for a non goopy/sticky/mushy method of making brown rice last night and this was quite the winner! I was very pleased it came out perfect on the first attempt, however I am going to try and alter the amount of water so that I don’t have to dump any out. I just don’t want to waste the nutrient rich fluid, and the whole point of eating brown rice vs. white is for the extra nutrition! Thanks again for this! I just love making black beans and rice, and now that I can make the rice perfectly, the dish won’t be so goopy!

    6:02 pm  Dec 8th, 2009
  63. Rhoda

    These directions were perfect. I wanted to use 3/4 cup of brown rice for a casserole and I wanted to pre-cook the rice, because it takes forever to get cooked in the oven. I used 2 cups of water and it came out perfectly. I brought water to boil, put in the rice, cooked on Medium for 30 minutes, drained the rice in a strainer, added the rice to my casserole and popped it in the oven. Thanks so much for a great recipe.

    6:57 pm  Dec 21st, 2009
  64. Celia

    So pleased with the way it cooked. I just followed instructions exactly as directed. AWESOME. THUMBS UP!

    5:02 pm  Dec 29th, 2009
  65. Hanim

    Hi, thank you for the recipe and i followed the instructions exactly like you wrote here. It turn out perfectly! Thanks again and I put your link in my blog..

    6:17 am  Jan 8th, 2010
  66. Erika

    Thank you so much for these instructions! I was skeptical but, like everyone else experienced, the rice turned out perfectly! Best brown rice I’ve ever made. :)

    4:57 pm  Jan 15th, 2010
  67. mark

    Nicole, Great Recipe….cooked it twice so far and 1 to 4 cups works great for me..
    Awesome….Thanks so much,

    3:35 pm  Jan 16th, 2010
  68. Angela

    This was my first attempt at cooking brown rice. You’re right, it turned out perfect! Thanks.

    11:04 pm  Jan 17th, 2010
  69. Morgan

    I bought a rice cooker with a brown rice setting and I feel like a fool for not buying one a decade ago. There is no secret to brown rice, just push the button and enjoy it – no need to be a martyr.

    3:33 pm  Jan 20th, 2010
  70. Lisa

    I was about to give up on cooking brown rice altogether until I came upon your site. So I decided to give it one more shot and my goodness it was PERFECT!!!! Thank you so much for this tip!!! Now I don’t ever have to give up on cooking brown rice! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    5:00 pm  Jan 20th, 2010
  71. bella

    Last year I bought a rice cooker at Costco with a setting for brown rice. But it tends to burn the rice, even when I add extra water.

    Got any suggestions, Morgan?

    6:02 pm  Jan 20th, 2010
  72. Sandy

    Wow! I was a total skeptic when I read this technique, but I tried it and the brown rice is perfect. Nutty and fluffy. Thank you for posting.

    9:54 am  Jan 25th, 2010
  73. Elaine

    WoW! This is the first time my brown rice came out perfect. My family finally like brown rice. Thank you so much.

    4:15 pm  Jan 27th, 2010
  74. Krystle

    Great technique! I shared it on wikiHow, crediting your blog and Saveur as a source:

    10:58 am  Feb 4th, 2010
  75. Denise

    Thanks so much for sharing this! It is absolutely the best way to cook brown rice. I’ve passed it along to several family members – even those who haven’t liked brown rice in the past – and they all love it.

    11:28 pm  Feb 8th, 2010
  76. Toni

    okay so tonight I tried brown rice again, and again was unhappy so that’s when I found this tip that makes sense and I will try for sure next time. BUT… I actually want to make like a Mexican type rice so my family will eat it with me so what kind of suggestions might you have there?

    11:08 pm  Feb 9th, 2010
  77. Zeth

    Hello there and thankyou for showing me the right way of cooking brown rice!! I couldn’t get the grains to seperate but atleast it was not crunchy and I can now really enjoy my brown basmati rice.
    I actually added it to some stir fry vegetables and it was delicious!

    11:54 am  Feb 11th, 2010
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  80. Feed Me

    Help please.
    #1 How can I cook the perfect brown rice in a small 3 cup rice cooker? It’s either too mushy or hard partially uncooked.

    #2 Also one other problem, I am used to cooking awesome perfect every time white rice in Latin style aluminum pots. But I just bought a new glass stove top, and the warranty and service reps told me I can only use stainless steel flat bottom pots and pans. No copper bottoms, iron skillets, or aluminum anything. Is there anything out there that has a stainless steel flat bottom, but has an inside like an aluminum pot where I can cook rice stove top once again? Thanks Feed Me

    1:01 pm  Mar 6th, 2010
  81. Rice: Perfect Brown Rice | Fork Fingers Chopsticks

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  82. Kirsten

    Thank you so much for this post! I prepared this last night and I felt like a miracle happened in my kitchen. Holy-Bejesus…I finally did it right! You have shown me the light! Thank you!

    10:32 pm  Mar 13th, 2010
  83. Renee

    This process didn’t work for me. Still sticky and clumpy. I’m very disappointed because I really want to eat healthy but don’t want the clumpy rice.

    2:11 pm  Mar 16th, 2010
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  86. Michelle

    I tried it yesterday and it was great. I followed your suggestion and used less water, but I got worried about 5 minutes before it was done because it absorbed so much. So, I added 2 more cups. I can’t believe I’ve been struggling so long with brown rice.

    8:28 am  Mar 22nd, 2010
  87. Amber

    I just used this method and I must say: Amazing! This is the best brown rice I have ever made. I didn’t use quite enough water for how much rice i made so it was still a little damp (totally my fault LOL) but I still have never had it come out so well before! I’m truly impressed.

    6:16 pm  Mar 23rd, 2010
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  89. John

    Outstanding post! The rice comes out as good as any high-end Chinese or Thai restaurant I’ve been to. I bookmarked this months ago and always return for a quick refresher anytime I cook brown rice. (It’s an easy recipe, but I make a few other types of rice and each style, especially sushi, is quite different in its preparation.) Thanks!

    1:35 am  Apr 8th, 2010
  90. Ayesha

    I am trying to shift to a healthier lifestyle and shifting from white rice to brown rice is a part of it. I got a packet of brown rice today (raw :D) and was lookin for the recipe to cook it when i came across this page on the net… m gonna give it a shot tmrw itself… thanks in advance :)

    1:06 pm  Apr 11th, 2010
  91. Ginny

    I am 54 years old and have tried to cook perfect brown rice for 30+ years! I hit the mark maybe 6 times during that period : ( But I just made the best batch of brown rice EVER using this method. Thank you SO much!

    6:55 pm  Apr 11th, 2010
  92. Jane Marie

    I just made my first batch of brown rice ever and it tastes so good! : ) It is fluffy and soft, just what I was craving. Thanks for the advice.

    8:02 pm  Apr 17th, 2010
  93. Red Beans and Rice « Meal Zeal

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  94. Joya

    I don’t know what possessed me to try this but it worked; I made perfect brown rice for the first time in my life. In the back of my mind I kept wondering what else I could serve for dinner if this didn’t work out, but my fears were unfounded, lol!
    Thanks :)

    7:04 pm  Apr 19th, 2010
  95. Ana

    It is so!!!
    I just cooked 3 cups brown rice exactly according to this recipe and it came out perfectly just like in the photo. I love the texture of brown rice and this recipe enhances it well without the stickiness. Now I’ll save some for another day and make some stir fried brown rice. Mmm mmm good!!!
    Thanks so much for this perfect recipe.

    5:18 pm  May 2nd, 2010
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  97. Laura Jayne Parson

    I just made the perfect brown rice, thanks to you! Would it be okay if I link to your blog from mine?

    6:49 pm  Jun 5th, 2010
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  99. Deb

    I’ve been cooking soggy sticky brown rice for years. I tried your method this evening and can’t believe it , myself and my family have enjoyed the best rice I have ever cooked! Thanks a lot for the tip :o)

    12:24 pm  Jun 9th, 2010
  100. Lucy

    Wow. I tried this tonight. How simple. The rice was a bit crunchy but I don’t think I had the heat high enough during cooking. Next time. Anyway, the rice was not mushy and it didn’t stick together. I thought (too late of course) the the rice water left over could be used to saute a vegie or two to put over the rice. We learn by doing, eh?

    3:57 pm  Jun 12th, 2010
  101. Angie

    THANK YOU! I have ruined so many batches trying to make brown rice! It came out great! I appreciate your effort!

    2:57 pm  Jun 13th, 2010
  102. OGO

    Searching for a better way to cook brown rice is how I found your site. I tried this method and it was fantastic! I don’t have to use white rice at all anymore! The texture is appealing to everyone in the house! I don’t measure out the water though. I get my biggest pot and nearly fill it, and it works every time. As long as you don’t cook it all off you’re golden! Thanks for sharing.

    I love your site by the way!

    6:49 am  Jun 22nd, 2010
  103. Tomatoes, Basil & Brown Rice

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  104. Kayla

    Thanks sooo much it turned out amazing! I did a slight modification and used two cups of water and two cups of organic low sodium chicken broth. Also when I steamed it for ten min I cut up some organic tomatoes and threw the chunks in after I drained the water out. Amazinggg!

    6:30 pm  Aug 7th, 2010
  105. Mal

    I was wondering why following these instructions all the water was boiling away before 30 minutes were up. Then, I discovered a hole in my pot…

    10:28 am  Aug 22nd, 2010
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  107. Monica

    I just had to say thank you. I’ve looked up how to cook brown rice at least a dozen times and this is always where I end up and my rice is always perfect! One of these days I might just write it down, but until then I’ll keep coming to your blog several times a month.

    4:02 pm  Sep 7th, 2010
  108. jamie

    yep, perfect. thanks for the tip!

    1:32 pm  Sep 17th, 2010
  109. Aldo

    Thank you so much! I found this site yesterday and made PERFECT brown rice last night! I love brown rice — I actually gave up on cooking my own and had been purchasing frozen pre-cooked brown rice from TJ’s. I eat brown rice at least once a day, so this cooking technique is going to same me $$$. Thanks again!

    12:03 pm  Sep 22nd, 2010
  110. Cindy Rose

    September 27 20010
    This method of cooking brown rice really works well!
    I have been searching a way to properly cook brown rice but didn’t think that it existed. I am so grateful for this article. Thank you!!!

    11:55 am  Sep 29th, 2010
  111. Jamilah

    I never cooked good tasting brown rice before, but today they came out perfect! Thank you so much for the tip. The only change I made was using broth instead of water.

    6:07 pm  Oct 5th, 2010
  112. Milore

    I use this concept but with this thought in mind…think Pasta, not rice. I never measure the water…I just put enough in so that the rice cooks the way pasta would. I boil it for 30 minutes, drain, put back in the pot and cover for about 5 minutes. That’s it. It comes out perfect every time.

    2:41 pm  Oct 25th, 2010
  113. edna lewis

    I didn’t believe this method would work so I checked out the original Saveur recipe as well as Cook’s Illustrated. It was great and I apologize for doubting you.

    4:32 pm  Nov 4th, 2010
  114. Erica

    Apparently, I lack the attention span to cook rice. I managed to let the water boil off and burned the pan (sigh). I’ve ordered the $15 rice cooker.

    6:56 pm  Nov 5th, 2010
  115. Ixniggle Ergwump

    Easy recipe. 2 gallon pot with tight lid. Large bag of brown rice. 2 pounds of water (trust me, not one drop more, use kitchen scale) for every 1 one pound of brown rice. Bring water to boil and reduce temp to real low. Add rice, stir and cover tight. Don’t even think about looking. Time 45 minutes exactly. Remove from heat and transfer to large bowl to cool off (avoid too much stirring).
    When cool, use a plastic storage box for round Christmas ornaments, spoon level in rounds and place in freezer (20 rounds holds about a 2 lb. bag of rice).

    5:33 pm  Dec 19th, 2010
  116. Gary D

    This method throws the nutrients in the water away, unless more water or broth is needed in a recipe. What I find works perfect is an Oster steamer and put a small amount of extra water in the rice basket – 2 1/4 cups water to 1 cup rice. It probably also absorbs more water from the steam.

    11:37 pm  Jan 5th, 2011
  117. Richard

    I followed this precisely and my rice still came out very sticky and wet. Just a big goopy mess :( I’m very disappointed, but moreso confused because everyone else’s rice seems to have worked. I don’t understand what I did wrong? I used long grain brown rice and everything looked good but after the 10 minute steaming was done it was not fluffy at all.

    7:10 pm  Feb 4th, 2011
  118. Earl H

    The way I cook brown rice, it comes out perfect every time. I soak it overnight, then the next day drain it, lay it out on sheet pans and lightly salt it with sea salt, not sodium chloride! Then into the oven at 350 degrees for a good roasting. I rotate my pans turning them around from rear to front and rotate from level to level, top to bottom, middle to top and bottom to middle. the main dynamic of the rotation is doing the rice itself. As I am pulling a pan, I check it and STIR the rice around so the roast is evn and not just the outside getting the most roast. After 15 mn I do the crunch test and chew a fer. if they are (1) crunchy to bite and (2) browned some then they are ready for the pot of boiling water. I then remove them from the oven and into the water. My water ratio for the rice is simple, I have none since I began cooking my rice with the method used with spaghetti. I fill the pot, bring to a boil and in goes the rice. there is no room for cling or scorch and I can stir it, check it just like I would my pasta. Its done when it has a slight crunch yet softness to it. {I hate over cooked rice which is what most people get and dont know they are getting. If it has a slight crunch to it they think its not done.} Next I dump the rice in a colander and rince the rice with hot water. Place it in an insert pan and have it ready to serve.
    This is by basic way.

    6:15 am  Feb 13th, 2011
  119. Nilo


    Can u plz share your method of using pressure cooker to make perfect brown rice? I would be so grateful!


    6:55 pm  Feb 14th, 2011
  120. Jill, The Veggie Queen

    I use the pressure cooker to cook my brown rice all the time. It comes out a little softer than on the stove top ;but it’s very good. The ratio is 1 cup rice to 1 1/2 cups water but as you increase rice do not just double water. Decrease liquid by 1/4 cup for each additional cup of rice. Cook for 22 minutes at pressure with a natural pressure release for regular long and short grain rice. Some Basmati types can cook in less time.
    Read the whole post at on my now abandoned blog.

    7:14 pm  Feb 14th, 2011
  121. epiphany

    Having just cooked a big bowl or brown rice mess in my rice cooker, I am happy to find this.

    I look forward to making more educated rice tomorrow!

    12:29 am  Feb 15th, 2011
  122. Macali

    I finally found the solution to years of disappointment and garbage cans showered in burnt and/or under-cooked faux pas. I cannot thank you enough! I used this recipe tonight, and literally for the first time my family enjoyed the rice at dinner… it truly is Perfect Brown Rice :) Recipe is logged into the memory bank, and never to be forgotten.
    Thank you, thank you and thanks again!

    8:13 pm  Feb 17th, 2011
  123. Jennifer

    This is the Real Deal!!! Works like a charm! Thank you very much!~Jennifer

    11:02 am  Feb 27th, 2011
  124. Medford

    Thanks – It worked.

    5:26 pm  Mar 7th, 2011
  125. Michael

    Just made brown rice using this recipe and it was OUTSTANDING! Thank you!

    7:06 pm  Mar 20th, 2011
  126. Karla from Mexico

    I followed the instructions but did not result fluffy rice. It’s a bit hard. What should I do? boil it longer?

    10:40 pm  Mar 26th, 2011
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  128. Basboosa

    What to tell you ?…

    U made up my day, i am from kuwait, me and my husbnd dieting :) i was soooo hopless that no way i can coock brown rice ,i failed twice, then i met your lovely way :) i trusted you and i did it :)) perfectly peeeerfectly

    Many thanks sweety.

    11:59 am  Apr 19th, 2011
  129. Sergio

    Wow! I have not too much experience cooking, but with your recipe, this rice has been cooked perfectly!!! It is not a pasty mess, it is simple perfect! Thank you for sharing your experiences.

    Sergio, California, USA

    7:06 pm  Apr 23rd, 2011
  130. Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp « Deliciously Suite

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  132. elizabeth

    it did not work out at all for me, the rice did not get done:(

    5:49 pm  May 17th, 2011
  133. anabela

    thanks to you i’ve just done a real perfect brown basmati rice!!!thank you….

    10:03 am  May 22nd, 2011
  134. Soso

    I have had trouble w/ brown rice ever since my rice maker pooped-out… this is the very best method I have ever tried! It was perfect from my first attempt! Glad I don’t need to use all 12 cups of water, either. Thanks so much for the info!

    2:51 pm  Jun 2nd, 2011
  135. BeeJay

    Brown rice (as does white rice) cooks just fine in the microwave and it’s less trouble.

    7:02 am  Jun 9th, 2011
  136. Amy

    I have yet to get a bad batch of rice using this recipe. Thank you so much!

    11:35 pm  Jun 13th, 2011
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  138. Missy

    I want to thank you for the recipe. My husband said it looked like white rice to him :). I wanted to share that I posted the link on in the community section so that everyone there can enjoy it as well.

    2:56 pm  Jun 29th, 2011
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  140. Yolanda

    Thank you for sharing! This was perfect! And so easy.

    7:05 am  Jul 20th, 2011
  141. J Upton

    Great advice on this site…thanks

    I become a vegan after recent quad heart bypass and brown rice is a huge part of my diet now. I use a rice cooker because its ease of use. Finally after reading many posts here what works best me in a rice cooker….

    1 to 2.25 ratio 1cup rice 2 cups and 4oz liquid. I like me rice firm but not crunchie or too gooie either. This ratio seems to work best. More firm rice just try 2cups liquid. Little softer rice 3cups of liquid per cup of rice.

    I don’t like bland tasting rice either and i don’t use any table salt and limit my sodium intake because of heart issues so what taste good is…

    1cup rice…1cup water and 1cup and 4oz of FatFree veggie broth. Taste good…gives it a little pop.

    Hope this helps anyone

    Healthy eating! :)

    7:24 pm  Jul 28th, 2011
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  143. Sonya

    I was skeptical but this is just PERFECT! Thank you for making ME a PRO!

    3:28 am  Aug 10th, 2011
  144. Ashley

    This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

    7:21 pm  Aug 10th, 2011
  145. Eli

    Oh, yummm! I just tasted the finished product, and it’s the best brown rice I’ve ever tasted! It’s been a struggle, especially as I live at around 7000 feet. I hope subsequent batches are as good!

    6:43 pm  Aug 15th, 2011
  146. CP

    Thank you!!! Finally, the formula that works. I don’t know a single person who can make brown rice correctly. I can’t wait to tell everyone about this!

    2:12 pm  Aug 17th, 2011
  147. Cheri

    Thank you!!! Just finished my first batch….. Perfect! I think that I may get rid of all the white rice in the house.

    9:41 pm  Aug 19th, 2011
  148. David D. Davidson

    I tried this following the instructions down to a T. (30 mins on medium, stirring) My rice ended up being burnt and stuck to the bottom of the pot…

    2:40 am  Sep 2nd, 2011
  149. Asian Flank Steak with Ginger Balsamic Marinade — A Food Centric Life

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  150. Kelly

    I need recipes for seasoned rice, my family wants spices and stuff. When would I add seasonings, if I cook the rice with this method?

    9:36 am  Sep 8th, 2011
  151. Nicole

    Kelly – If you want to add flavorings and still cook the brown rice using this method, I would stir them in at the very end. I like to cook some finely chopped onion in butter or oil then stir in some spices once the onion is softened. Then you can mix the cooked rice in with the spiced, butter and onions.

    9:40 am  Sep 8th, 2011
  152. Carrie

    I noticed some comments regarding the nutrition values lost in the water we pour out. On the Saveur post, someone left this comment and I thought it was worth sharing here. The problem with losing nutrients appears to be for white rice. I am so excited to try this method tonight. This is my first time to ever cook brown rice!! Thank you!

    from by COWPUNK123 on 2010-12-15
    The water rich material found in roots, stems and fruits do aid to the transfer of their fluid nutrients into the hot or boiling water around them. While you get the nutrients of the solid materials, varying amounts of water bound nutrients are lost. Most (not all) grains, however, act quite differently. The moisture bound nutrients in grain are found in the oils in the aleurone layer and the endosperm which are too dense to permeate the pericarp. Any nutrient loss from dumping the water is negligible. Of course, this does not apply to white rice or any other grain that has had its bran layer removed.
    Hope that helps.

    10:44 am  Sep 15th, 2011
  153. Diane

    I was also a little skeptical since I live at a relatively high altitude… but it’s pretty good. I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced “perfect” brown rice, and mine is still just a teeny bit crunchy; however, it certainly beats the half-mush, half-crunch that I’ve been making before. I might try boiling it for just a few more minutes (since the water boils at a lower temperature?) next time to see what happens, but over I am very satisfied. Thanks so much!

    10:13 am  Sep 23rd, 2011
  154. Kathy H.

    I just cooked brown rice today using this method and it came out PERFECT!! Thank you for posting this. I have always had trouble cooking brown rice even in a rice cooker. It would come out mushy kind of crunchy. Not nice and fluffy.

    2:57 pm  Sep 26th, 2011
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  156. Tes

    Thanks for this :) Now I can really enjoy brown rice… I could never make it right..

    10:54 pm  Oct 4th, 2011
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  158. william p marseglia

    I just soak Black Forbidden Rice( almost like Brown Rice) in water for severals days. Comes out almost cooked.

    9:24 am  Nov 1st, 2011
  159. Mitch

    I just tried this, using a 4:1 ratio of water to rice. It worked perfectly, and I am very pleased with the results. Thank you.

    10:28 pm  Nov 7th, 2011
  160. Wendy in Portland

    Hi, I’ve used your recipe 3 or 4 times and always perfect rice. What I do is include a can of chicken broth as part of the liquid, and add garlic powder, some minced (dried) onion pieces and paprika (or whatever spices you like) to the water. It really jazzes up the flavor. I make a big batch and put it in small containers and store in the freezer. I can then just pull one out for a meal and warm it up (I add a bit of water) in the microwave, easy and fast. Thanks for this great recipe!

    2:02 pm  Nov 9th, 2011
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  162. Camille

    love this recipe–no more complex measuring like 1-1/4 c vs 2-2/3c–rice is perfect every time. Thnx!!

    10:20 am  Dec 17th, 2011
  163. Cissy

    FINALLY, a brown rice recipe i can love – thanks so much for posting this, i made it last night and it was perfect – gone are the days of that awful chewy uncooked texture i thought was normal in brown rice. I used an organic long grain brown, it turned out exactly as promised, and my family could not believe it was brown –

    5:37 am  Jan 4th, 2012
  164. Brown Rice

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  166. Vanessa

    I made 1 cup of brown rice and used 4 cups of water as suggested. After the 30 minutes of stirring occassionally not all the water was consumed by the rice. Is this normal?

    6:58 pm  Feb 6th, 2012
  167. Wendy

    Hi Vanessa, you only need to stir it once or twice. Then simmer for 30 minutes (though I make a lot at one time-you can freeze it in batches and use it in additional meals). THEN, drain it, then put back in the pan, without heat, with a lid on it. That absorbs the remaining water. Sounds like you forgot the drain/let sit part??

    8:39 pm  Feb 6th, 2012
  168. ask123

    2-2.5 cups of water for 1 cup of short grain brown rice. If you use more water, you will get soggy rice. Even using 3 cups renders soggy rice. I don’t know where you all get 4 cups, much less 12!

    7:22 am  Feb 7th, 2012
  169. Wendy

    I also use 2 cups per cup of rice. works great. Sounds like that was what caused Vanessa’s problem, using 4 cups.

    9:42 am  Feb 7th, 2012
  170. Tina

    I made this for dinner tonight, with instant brown rice (which for me never never never takes the box’s alleged 15 minutes to cook) and it came out perfectly. I expected it to be at least a little messed up since I was using instant, but no….it was perfect. Thank you!

    9:06 pm  Feb 7th, 2012
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  172. Doc Savage

    This method sounds great and I can’t wait to try it. A few tips I’ve picked up over the years though. In the US, white rice is fortified (by law) with additional nutrients to replace the nutrients lost when removing the bran and germ. Those added nutrients will be lost with this method, just like they are if you wash the rice, but the nutrients inside the rice itself remain.

    Also, if you are going to serve the rice cold I would suggest using a short grain rice or you will definitely have to wash the long grain rice. That’s with most cooking methods, maybe not with this one because of all the water used. Long grain rice, and many medium grain ones, have an outer starch shell that crystallizes when it cools off. Properly washing it at least 7-8 times removes that starch coating so it doesn’t feel like you’re chewing sand when it’s cooled. Short grain doesn’t ever have this problem.

    I have a good rice cooker, fully automatic and can hold the rice perfect for hours. My method for cooking brown rice in it is to wash or rinse the grains thoroughly in a wire mesh strainer then leave that over a bowl for at least 15 minutes. Spread the grains evenly up the side of the strainer so they can drain. This pre-soak hydrates the grains, an important step. For 1 & 1/2 cups brown rice, leveled with a knife blade and packed down to measure, add 2 2/3 cups of water or other cooking liquid, salt and a tablespoon of butter. Let the rice cooker do it’s thing, it’s worked for me every time. Rice is peculiar though, that the water to rice ratio decreases as the amount of rice increases. I’ve never tried to scale this recipe so I don’t know how the ratio will work but I have heard 1/4 less per extra half cup is a good ratio.

    This recipe is (barely) adapted from an original by Tyler Florence and uses the exact amount of rice produced by the method I described above. Brown Rice Salad with Apples

    Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence


    * 3 cups cooked brown rice
    * 1 Granny Smith Apple, diced
    * 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
    * 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    * 1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
    * 1/2 cup walnut pieces
    * 1 cup cooked chicken, cubed
    * 3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
    * 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    * 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    * 3 tablespoons olive oil
    * Salt and pepper


    In a mixing bowl, combine cooked rice with all other ingredients. Toss
    mixture lightly. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

    My Variations

    I try to use a short grain brown rice to avoid the necessity of washing the rice before cooking. I usually substitute Turkey for the Chicken. The proportions are just guidelines, I use a lot of the fresh leaf parsley for example (approx 1/3 – 1/2 cup) because I think it looks better and tastes good. I also put the chopped granny smith apple in the lemon juice and cider vinegar until I’m ready to mix since that helps prevent browning. Make it early and refrigerate so the ingredients have time to harmonize for best results. You probably knew this but…. never assume. (^_^)

    10:35 pm  Feb 10th, 2012
  173. Amanda

    Before I read this, I was making brown rice that didn’t taste very well. The other night I made some with your guidance and I couldn’t believe how good it was! Thank you!

    8:59 pm  Feb 12th, 2012
  174. dustin

    Holy shit– I can attest– this method is a game changer– Thank you for this– no more sloppy brown rice and clean up– fluffy wonderfulness. Follow directions precisely cant go wrong. Thank again

    6:07 pm  Feb 15th, 2012
  175. Stephanie

    YES! You don’t even know how much I appreciate your sharing this method! I made perfect brown rice for the first time EVER! I’m a pretty adventurous cook and can make all sorts of “hard” things, but let me tell you, I can’t make rice! I just can’t! I don’t know what it is, every time I begin with the best of intentions only to end up with undercooked or mushy or wet rice. Blech! Tonight I literally googled “fool-proof way to cook brown rice” and your post came up and informed me how to do this and YES! I finally, FINALLY was able to make a perfect pot of brown rice! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I will definitely be making my rice like this every time! Can you tell how excited I am? :)

    5:37 pm  Feb 16th, 2012
  176. Samantha J

    I’ve been cooking brown rice for 40 years and it’s really quite simple. I don’t understand all these problems?? For every cup brown rice add 2 cups cold water( ratio stays the same no matter how much you make). Cover and bring to boil ( usually takes 20 minutes for 4 cups rice with 8 cups water). Reduce heat to low and simmer the rice for 20-25 minutes. Turn off heat and let steam covered for another half hour. Perfect!! You can add butter, herbs etc at the beginning for extra flavor, or substitute broth for water. This is for medium or short grainbrown rice. Follow package directions on other types (ie Brown basmati, etc) for rice/ water ratio. Aloha

    3:58 am  Feb 17th, 2012
  177. lina

    muchísimas gracias por la receta, agradecidisima pues me encanta el brown rice y me ha quedado perfecto a mi gusto.

    5:19 pm  Mar 7th, 2012
  178. lima

    Never having cooked brown rice before I naturally assumed the rice to water ratio was the same as white rice – “rice is rice” – right? Wrong! The finished product was like chewing a bunch of pebbles. So for my next batch I’ll be using your 2:1 ratio of water to rice. I learn something new every day. Thanks for the tip.

    9:35 pm  Apr 3rd, 2012
  179. How to make light, fluffy brown rice, a pictorial | Cook2Jhoom

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  180. Stephanie

    Pinned this page to Pinterest. Worked like a charm. Great tasting Basmati Rice for dinner later this week. Thank you!

    5:05 pm  Apr 15th, 2012
  181. Lovesallthingsvintage

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Until this blog my brown rice has always turned out mushy and starchy. The moment I discovered this article I jumped up and tried this recipe, I am typing this 40 min after reading this and my rice turned out PERFECT. Even my son is ranting and raving about it, he is 11 and does not like anything healthy. I will pass this info on to all my friends. Thank you again!

    7:47 pm  May 7th, 2012
  182. T.R.

    Thank you!! My rice never came out so perfect!

    4:42 pm  May 14th, 2012
  183. Betty

    Followed these instructions to the T, came out hard as hell. Definitely needs to be covered with less water.

    5:58 pm  May 14th, 2012
  184. Katie

    Thank you for the recipe! No more squoodgy brown rice!

    6:21 pm  May 16th, 2012
  185. Hollie M.

    Thank you for sharing this! I’ve had struggle with my transition into brown rice and this worked perfectly for me!

    7:57 am  May 23rd, 2012
  186. Food Stamp Food: Rice & Beans and The Farm Bill and what it means to food stamps « crazy dumbsaint of the mind

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  187. denise

    If any of you are worried about the loss of vitamins left in the water after cooking, consider using the leftover cooking liquid as a base for soups or making chicken stock.

    7:14 am  Jul 2nd, 2012
  188. Marina

    okay maybe its me… but whenever i try to do this the rice does not come out light and fluffy. it’s heavy and has a little extra water in it no matter how i drain it. what could the problem be? I’m doing everything exactly as you say…. i think…

    4:28 pm  Jul 6th, 2012
  189. Samantha J

    Brown rice is never going to be light and fluffy. By its very nature, the fact that it’s whole-grain, not devitalized white fluff, it’s dense and filling.

    5:18 pm  Jul 6th, 2012
  190. Lyvette

    Tried this recipe today as my brown rice usually comes out to mushy. Recipe works great. Still a litlle water at the bottom of the pot but my company and myself enjoyed the rice. Came out much better than my usual episodes. Thanks for posting this easy recipe.

    8:23 pm  Jul 11th, 2012
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  192. ShirleyB

    Used this recipe today….brown rice came out perfect. I can’t tell you how much brown rice I have thrown out, because it was either to waterly or too mushy.

    1:25 pm  Aug 10th, 2012
  193. ShirleyB

    This is most important if you do not want mushy rice.. just follow the instructions as stated above: “Let the rice drain for 10 seconds, then return it to the pot, off the heat. Immediately cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and set it aside to allow the rice to steam for 10 minutes (if your pot lid isn’t extremely tight, place a piece of aluminum foil over pot then place the lid on top of foil for a tighter seal”

    1:29 pm  Aug 10th, 2012
  194. Joan

    Finally, I can cook brown rice perfectly! If one follows the recipe as given, it’s worked for me. I am so glad I found your site. I have to say also that I really like reading comments from people who have actually tried a recipe…rather than those who say it looks great, I’ll try it someday.

    1:46 pm  Aug 24th, 2012
  195. Bart Dillenger

    Followed instructions word for word still had terrible rice! Get a clue before you call your post “Perfect Brown Rice!” I’ll figure it out with out you. Thanks for nothing!


    3:35 pm  Sep 23rd, 2012
  196. Katherine

    Wow. Just tried this tonight and the rice was perfect!! I’ll use this method from now on – thank you!! One question: does this work with wild rice too?

    8:08 pm  Sep 23rd, 2012
  197. Michelle

    I am excited to try this method. I want my little boys to eat brown rice but it usually just ends up undigested in their diapers. I am going to try it tomorrow! :)

    I love to make spanish rice but I am not very successful at it using brown rice. Obviously, I can’t use this method making spanish rice. I tried making it last night using brown jasmine rice. I simmered it while covered for about an hour and the water still did not absorb all the way and it was still crunchy. Any tips on making spanish rice with brown rice?

    8:14 pm  Oct 7th, 2012
  198. nicole b.

    this worked perfectly! i have not been able to get my rice cooker to do justice to brown rice – came across your recipe and tried it tonight. it turned out exactly as you described – tender not mushy, and fluffy not stuck together. thank you!

    6:20 pm  Oct 11th, 2012
  199. Anurag

    I used a rice cookerand added 4 cups of water(1 cup of rice) and it was a disaster like always, I still ate it and my stomach hurts…

    3:47 pm  Oct 16th, 2012
  200. Recipes for Natural Health » How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice

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  202. C

    Thank-you! I will try this.

    3:48 pm  Dec 30th, 2012
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  205. Jamie

    Someone may have already asked this but I didn’t see this question in the first 30 min of reading. When you put the rice in the boiling water do you bring it back to a boil before turning it down to med or let it come back to a boil at med. Do you cook it 30 min once it is boiling or from time of entrance or rice in water. thanks for clarifying

    7:58 pm  Jan 8th, 2013
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  207. Sonia

    Trying to get the right ratio of water is always difficult so this recipe is perfect. Just drain off the excess water, return to pot and let steam for 10 minutes – so easy!

    4:57 pm  Feb 10th, 2013
  208. Mel’s Kitchen Tip: How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice |

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  209. Amy

    I followed this recipe to a T – exactly the way it was written. Crunchy, not even close to done brown rice. :(

    6:17 pm  Feb 28th, 2013
  210. Benny P

    Followed this recipe but after 25 min the water was gone had to add more I will up my water from 4 cups to 8 cups next time. Still made good brown rice. Thanks

    4:50 am  Mar 26th, 2013
  211. Susan

    I’m so disappointed. This did not work for me and I followed the instructions to the letter.
    The rice was undercooked (crunchy). Back to the drawing board.

    5:30 pm  Apr 1st, 2013
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  213. Liz

    I was doing a little research to find out why the original Saveur recipe called for 6 cups of water, instead of the 3 cups used in this recipe and aha! In Nov 2012 Consumer Reports reported on the high levels of arsenic found in rice. These levels were higher in brown rice vs. white rice. In order to “cut your arsenic risk”, one recommendation is 1. rinse rice thoroughly before cooking and 2. use a ratio of 6 cups water to 1 cup of rice and drain afterward. This ratio removes about 30% of the inorganic arsenic. Here’s the link:
    The article was posted years after the Saveur recipe appeared, but the cook no doubt knew about the arsenic risk.

    6:36 am  Jun 28th, 2013
  214. clip

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    8:20 am  Jul 12th, 2013
  215. Amy

    Stumbled upon your post while looking for an alternative way to cook brown rice. It made perfect rice that was not mushy, soggy, or crunchy. My 6 year old said she loved it plain ( I did salt the water prior to adding the rice) and had two helpings! I served it along with cooking light milk braised pork chops and steamed asparagus. My new go to way to cook rice! Thank you for posting.

    6:26 pm  Jul 21st, 2013
  216. Sarah is eating rice

    AWESOME! Thank you so much! I was skeptical but had nothing to lose since my brown rice always turned out crunchy & mushy (wth!). This worked PERFECT! Delicious and fluffy!!

    3:06 pm  Aug 23rd, 2013
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  218. Sharon

    Thank you so much it work perfectly. I tried 6 cups of water and it was perfect.

    4:05 pm  Sep 8th, 2013

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    2:38 am  Oct 18th, 2013
  220. Kathy

    No rinsing, no water to waste, no nutrients lost…
    Try this fool-proof, no rinse, “green” method from “Cooking with the Right Side of the Brain.”

    1 c. Brown rice
    2 c. Boiling water

    Dry-fry (toast) rice in a pot over med-high to high heat for about five minutes while you heat the water in a separate pot or glass micro-safe Pyrex measuring cup. Watch the rice and stir constantly as it starts to crackle and pop. Do not allow to burn. Carefully add the hot water to the rice (protect your arm as the hot water entering the pot will sputter). Stir once, immediately cover the pot, lower the heat to Low and time for approx. 35 minutes or until all water is absorbed. You will enjoy brown rice in a whole new way: fluffy and light, not heavy, sticky or mushy. At this point, you can add any seasoning you wish or use in any recipe.

    3:24 pm  Dec 10th, 2013
  221. Cook Brown Rice to Perfection |

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  222. Skill Dude

    Thanks for the awesome tip. I tried making my first batch of brown rice following the bag and it was nasty. When I tried yours it came out a lot better. The only thing is, I tried making two cups of brown rice with about 8 cups of water and I think I should add 9-10 next time. Other than that, it was fantastic.

    I published your link on my google+ page. :)

    5:36 pm  Jan 2nd, 2014
  223. Pallas07

    I just wanted to say that I followed your instructions and worked perfectly. Thanks so much. I was using Kroger brand “simply organic” brown rice.

    12:33 pm  Jan 4th, 2014
  224. Leila

    Have just found and used this guide, and wow! finally, perfect brown rice! I used 4 cups water to 1 cup rice (plus I added half a can of coconut milk). Cannot thank you enough!

    7:16 am  Jan 16th, 2014
  225. Charlie

    Thank you so much! Followed the instructions and ended up with the best brown rice I’ve ever made. I did however use 12 cups for 2 cups of brown rice but the results were great. Finally no more mushy rice!

    5:44 pm  Jan 23rd, 2014
  226. Magic and Mayhem

    I tried this tonight and my husband and kids really liked it. I think next time I’ll cook it for just a few minutes longer, as it was almost crunchy to me. Still a great recipe, though, and another benefit is that boiling is recommended as a way to greatly reduce the arsenic level in rice ( Thanks!

    5:21 pm  Jan 27th, 2014
  227. Dan

    Thanks for sharing this method of cooking brown rice. Both times I cooked Della Organic long grain brown rice bought from costco, before finding this method, the rice came out clumpy and mushy. Tried your method tonight using 8 cups of water to 2 cups of rice. The rice came out slightly crunchy. Will try cooking for 10 additional minutes next time.

    5:58 pm  Feb 16th, 2014
  228. Joyce M.

    Thought I would try this recipe tonight so I could save time during the cooking process. I followed the recipe exactly & ended up with brown rice that was hard in the centre. I made the rice to accompany a beef stew tat I had made & stored in my freezer.The only thing that saved this dish was the flavorings that I added: (I cooked the rice in beef broth instead of water, and I added half of a thinly sliced onion & smashed garlic clove to the mix before adding the rice). I’m going back to my standby recipe Ive always used, even though it takes longer to cook. I’m a patient person, and this is my recipe source (it’s never failed me!)

    7:21 pm  Feb 17th, 2014
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  230. steve

    damn i tried this tonight and you were right, my brown rice came out perfect. thanks!

    4:39 pm  Mar 9th, 2014
  231. Fried rice! | Willfully Disobedient

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  232. joyfulstander

    Thank you so much! It’s perfect!!!

    1:40 pm  Mar 24th, 2014
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    Thanks, Perfect Brown Rice Achieved!

    Grateful to have found the solution!

    4:16 am  Apr 2nd, 2014
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  236. Maria

    Thank you so much for sharing this. For the first time ever I cooked a perfect brown rice. I followed all the steps, but I fried the rice through garlic, onion and salt for about 2 minutes before adding the boiling water, just like we do in Brazil, and it was absolutely divine!!!!!

    2:58 am  May 22nd, 2014
  237. Steph

    Thank you

    11:32 am  Jun 3rd, 2014
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  243. Rachel

    This recipe was perfect, thank you! I did 8cups water to 2cups brown rice, but it soaked it all up in the 30min cook time so no reason to drain at the end. Then did the 10min steaming process. Only added 10 min to my typical cook time, and turned out MUCH better.
    Very easy, thanks for the technique and recipe!

    10:43 pm  Jul 24th, 2014
  244. Stephanie

    Thanks for this article!! Much needed!!! I agree, every time I cook brown rice for some reason it just doesn’t turn out quite right like white rice. Great article!

    3:24 am  Aug 6th, 2014
  245. Freezer Cooking (Part III) | This Fuller Life

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    12:34 pm  Aug 12th, 2014
  246. Sarah

    So far, I’ve had the best luck with steaming brown rice. I love brown rice, but generally not when I cook it myself.
    Love-hate with brown rice is about right, though.

    7:10 pm  Sep 29th, 2014
  247. Morgan

    Great post! Brown rice is a little tricky to cook. I think the trick is to keep experimenting until you find the mix you like.

    7:38 pm  Oct 30th, 2014
  248. Deanne

    Oh My God!
    It Worked!,It really Worked! :)
    Thank You SOOOOO Much!!!!!!

    8:49 am  Nov 12th, 2014
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  250. Difference between: white rice and brown rice -

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  251. Nadine

    Wow, absolutely perfect brown rice.
    I will be using this method from now on.

    11:19 pm  Jan 13th, 2015
  252. S.N

    This recipe came out perfect!!!!! Thank you so much!!!

    4:54 pm  Jan 20th, 2015
  253. Jewel

    I can empathize with the comments about undercooked and overcooked brown rice. I have already cooked some today but I will try the above method the next time. I usually soak my rice and today after soaking I rinsed in a sieve under a cold running tap. I did not measure the water but I made sure the water was about 3/4 inch above the rice. I added a stock cube, some oinion and a clove of garlicto the water which I made sure was boiling before I added the rice. I cooked for 30 minutes with lid on and then removed the lid to let the remainder of the water to evaporate.

    9:09 am  Apr 19th, 2015
  254. Darcy Nadel

    Love the website– very individual friendly and whole lots to see!

    12:20 am  Jun 13th, 2015
  255. jared

    Worked nearly perfect at 9,000ft; a little al dente, so the next batch I boiled for an additional 3 min.

    What about long grain white rice? I haven’t been able to even get white rice this good. Half the boiling time, same procedures??


    2:23 pm  Jul 10th, 2015
  256. Suzette

    I just made this per the instructions (using chicken broth instead of water) and it turned out GREAT!! Thanks. Super easy and the texture is perfect.

    8:54 am  Oct 10th, 2015
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