How To Make The Perfect Brown Rice

I hope today's post doesn't bore you to death, but I really wanted to share something with you that I wish someone would have shared with me 200 times ago. I want to share how to properly make brown rice. Brown rice is so good for you but it is hard to make right? It's known for being undercooked and tasteless. No good. I don't know about you, but I need flavor in my life! I have made it many times and have finally figured out how to consistently make it good, moist, fluffy and flavorful. I make it once every other week or so and not according to the directions on the bag!

Here is what works every time for me:

1 cup of brown rice
1 1/2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 14.5 oz can of low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup of water
1/8 of a teaspoon of cumin
pinch of kosher salt

First, toast the rice. Toasting = flavor. Add the olive oil and the rice to a medium pot. Turn the stove on to medium-low heat. Stir the rice and make sure that each grain of rice is coated with the oil. Keep stirring for about 3 minutes or so until you smell a nutty smell. The nutty smell means the rice is toasted.

Add the chicken broth, water and cumin. Put the lid on the pot and bring it up to a boil. As soon as it comes up to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer with the lid on for about 40 minutes. No peeking!!  After 40 minutes, take the lid off and fluff the rice with a fork. If the liquid is not entirely dissolved, put the lid back on and cook it for another 3-5 minutes. 

The rice is very versatile even with the cumin. Add cilantro for a tasty Mexican rice. I also make a Greek brown rice salad by adding feta cheese, cucumbers, olives and red onions. It is really good with this vinaigrette.

What is your experience with brown rice? Does it lack "flava" or taste good?

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  1. This is a perfect post!! Rice is hard to cook...especially brown rice. I love your pics and am going to be trying your method!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Looks great! Dare I say I make brown rice from Trader Joe's that you microwave for 3 minutes. It's actually really good. Will give this method a try, too!

  3. I am definitely trying brown rice this way. I have only done it in my rice cooker. I'm ready for some flavor.

  4. Looks great. We are big rice eaters---will definitely be trying this--I love your photos.

  5. I always seem to mess up cooking rice, thanks for the tips.

  6. I can make a decent mushroom risotto but can you believe I can't make a good, loose white rice?! So let's not even talk about brown rice! ;)
    Love it though! Whenever I brave myself into making it, I'll refer to this post ;)

  7. I found this post to be anything BUT boring! :) I never realized you could toast brown rice! So happy to have this info and to blog "meet" you!

  8. I have to give this a try! It's a shame that I've only done brown rice in a bag. Thanks for sharing your technique!

  9. i had not even thought about toasting my rice before but OF COURSE i should toast my rice!! very useful!

  10. I had planned to prepare brown rice for dinner so am thrilled I found your site today. I wonder if this would work in a rice cooker, which is what I usually use. Think I'll try it and let you know.


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