Are you terrified at the thought of cooking brown rice? I don’t blame you. So many things can go wrong. It might come out too sticky, too mushy or half cooked. If you don’t use just the right size pot, the water evaporates too quickly so you have to add more. But how much? Ack! I’ll show you how to cook brown rice without stress. Just follow me . . .
My cooking method is so easy and error-proof you’ll want to make it every day. Since I found this stress-free method for how to cook brown rice I make it more often.
For those of us who are gluten-free and eat a lot of rice, this cooking method is best. A study was done a few years ago to determine arsenic levels in rice and rice products. Arsenic is not necessarily dangerous. It is normal to have some level of arsenic in your diet. The bottom line of the study was that if you eat a lot of rice you could be ingesting more than recommended arsenic levels. The rice is rinsed before cooking and then, because it is boiled like pasta, some of the arsenic is rinsed away in the water. See this blog post for more info about expanding your gluten-free diet beyond rice.
This method for cooking brown rice will work for both short grain and long grain brown rice but not for white rice.
How to Cook Brown Rice
- 1 cup brown rice (short grain, long grain or basmati
- 1 Tbsp kosher salt
- 2-3 quarts water
This method is almost exactly like cooking pasta. Boil salty water, add rice, boil, drain. You may cringe at the amount of salt used, but this is the best way to flavor the rice. It absorbs the salty water so the flavor gets inside of the rice grain. It is so much better than adding salt when it’s already cooked
Time needed: 50 minutes.
How to Cook Brown Rice
- Fill a pot with water and heat
Use a 4 quart pot or larger. Add 3 quarts water and 1 Tbsp kosher salt and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Rinse the rice
Using a mesh strainer, rinse the rice under cold water for 30 seconds.
- Add rice
When the water is boiling rapidly, add the rice.
- Cook 30 minutes
Set the timer to 30 minutes and go about your business. No babysitting required. No lid on the pot is needed but one will be needed later.
Set the timer to 30 minutes and go about your business. No babysitting required.
- Drain and steam
When the time is up, pour through a sieve or strainer to drain the water. Return the rice to the pot, cover and let sit 10 minutes. The residual heat will continue steaming the rice and finish the cooking process.