How To Cook Brown Rice on Stove, in a Rice Cooker & Instant Pot

Brown Rice is a good kind of food. There are many ways for cooking it. But today, we can share how to cook brown rice in just 3 basic methods. So you can apply in your daily life.

1. How To Cook Brown Rice & FAQs

   Do you have to soak Brown Rice?

If you want to cook brown rice quickly, soak it overnight. It will help to remove some of the naturally-occurring phytic acids in the grain, which helps improve digestibility and speed cook time and this will affect the amount of water you need when cooking brown rice.

To soak: Add rice to a large mixing bowl or pot and cover with twice the amount of lukewarm water (1 cup rice + 2 cups water). Soak uncovered at room temperature for at least 2 hours or overnight.

   How long do you cook Brown Rice for?

Does this depend on whether you have soaked brown rice before cooking or not?. And which method do you choose to cook brown rice?. Detailed answers to this question are below

   Is Brown Rice Good for you?

The brown rice is a low-calorie, gluten-free, zero-transfat, cholesterol-free, and highly fibrous whole grain.  It helps keep the cholesterol levels low, aids digestion, and safeguards from blood clot formation. Moreover, compared to white rice, brown rice is better for those having diabetes.

2. How to Cook Brown Rice on the Stove


  • 1 cup of brown rice (short grain)
  • 1 ½ cups of water. (If brown rice has been soaked)

    How long to cook brown rice on the Stove

It takes about 30 minutes to cook brown rice on the stove

.   Instructions

Step 1: Add water and rice to a medium saucepan.

Step 2: Put the pot on the stove uncovered and turn the heat to high and bring it to a boil.

Step 3: Once your water is boiling, turn the heat to a simmer and cover with a lid. If your lid has a hole or steam valve cover it with a little cloth. Let the rice cook at a simmer for about 30 minutes.

Step 4: After about 30 minutes of cooking, turn off the heat and let brown rice sit for 10 to 15 minutes so that rice absorbs all the excess water. Then open the lid and fluff the brown rice before serving.

How To Cook Brown Rice

3. How to Cook Brown Rice in an Instant Pot


  • 2 cup regular Brown Rice (short grain)
  • 2 cups of water. (If brown rice has been soaked)
  • An instant pot, a mesh strainer, a spoon & a fork

    How long to cook Brown Rice in an Instant Pot

It takes about 20 minutes to cook Brown Rice in an Instant Pot


Step 1: Transfer the rinsed rice into the instant pot. Add 2 cups of filtered water and mix it up so that the rice is submerged in the water. Make sure there is no rice left sticking to the sides of the pot.

Step 2: Close the lid and switch the valve to the sealing position. Set the timer to 15 minutes on manual. Let it cook.

Step 3: Next, allow the instant pot to release the pressure naturally for 5 minutes.

Step 4: Now, turn the valve to venting (helps release the remaining pressure quickly). Once the pin drops, you may uncover the lid.

Step 6: Finally, fluff up the well-cooked brown rice with a fork and serve.

4. How to Cook Brown Rice in Rice Cooker


  • 2 cups of Brown Rice (short grain)
  • 2 ½ cups of Water (If brown rice has been soaked)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt (optional)
  • A Rice Cooker and a sieve

    How long to cook Brown Rice in the Rice Cooker

It takes about 45 minutes to cook Brown Rice in the Rice Cooker


Step 1: Transfer brown rice into the rice cooker.

Step 2: Using a spatula/spoon spread out the rice at the bottom. Pour 2 cups of water into the rice and add the salt.

Step 3: Close the lid, plug in the rice cooker, and press on cook mode.

Step 4: When the brown rice has finished cooking, the rice cooker will automatically switch from cook mode to warm mode. You may leave the rice on warm mode for 3-5 minutes. Remove the lid, fluff the rice, and serve your perfectly cooked brown rice.

   Tips When Cooking Brown Rice

To make the rice flavorsome, you may season it with salt and spices. You can also add oil/butter and substitute the water with chicken/vegetable broth.

Do you remember how to cook brown rice? Let me tell you again. There are 3 ways for cooking it. Alright, please read one more time before really preparing a good meal. 

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