Cooking a perfect batch of brown rice is problematic. When you open your pot, you want to see fluffy, light grains of rice, not a gloppy, sticky mess, but sometimes that's just how it ends up. Forgo the mush and try cooking your rice with this methodology instead! It's easy, and it will result in great rice every time!


  • 1 cup of brown rice (short, medium, or long-grain)*
  • 4 cups of water*
  • salt (to taste) *Note: For this method, you can cook any amount of rice with a rice to water ratio of 1:4.


  1. In a large lidded pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, swirl your rice in a strainer under cold water to rinse it. Once your water reaches a boil, pour in your rice and give it a quick stir. Leave the cover off your pot, reduce the heat to medium, and let it cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Pour your rice into the strainer and let it sit for about 10 seconds. Return your rice to the pot (off the stove) and cover it with the lid for 10 minutes. The residual heat will create steam and finish cooking the rice to perfection.
  3. Uncover the rice, fluff it with a fork, and season it to your taste!

Brown rice is a much healthier alternative to white, and with this simple, reliable method of cooking it, it's almost as fluffy too! Make the switch and try it for yourself today.

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