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How to Cook Brown Rice


Brown rice is healthy and a great stable to have in your pantry. Make an extra big batch, and add some veggies to leftovers.

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  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cup water


Servings 4
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 30mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Put brown rice and water together in a pot with a lid.  Use the ratio of 1 1/2 cups water to 1 cup rice.  I normally make 3 cups of rice with 4 1/2 cups water for a single batch.

Set the heat to high, and bring the rice and water to a boil uncovered.  Then put the lid on the pot, and reduce the heat to low/simmer.  If your lid has a steam valve, keep it closed.  Let the rice simmer for 20 minutes.

Turn off the heat, and let the rice sit in the covered pot for another 10 minutes.  The rice can sit longer than 10 minutes (20 or 30 minutes is fine too), but don’t let it go any less.  I prefer my rice to be slightly chewy, not mushy, so I usually remove the lid after 10 minutes.

After the rice is cooked, I normally scoop some into a bowl, and mix it with a little tamari and 1-2 tablespoons of sesame seeds.  The sesame seeds add a lot of flavor to the rice.  Sometimes I’ll eat it with steamed veggies and blackened tempeh, both of which can be prepared while the rice is cooking.

I usually just eat the leftovers cold.  But when I’m not in the mood for cold rice, here’s another tasty dish I make from the leftover rice:

In a small pot, add 1 teaspoon of oil, and heat it for about 1 minute on medium heat.  I prefer dark sesame oil because it adds a lot of flavor.  Canola oil works well too.

Add some chopped veggies to the pot, and sauté them in the oil for a few minutes.  My favorites are onions, green onions, and bell peppers (any color).

Once the veggies are cooked, scoop in some of the leftover brown rice.  I like to use 2 parts rice to 1 part veggies.  Mix it well with the veggies.

Reduce the heat slightly to medium-low, and cook the rice/veggies for 3-4 minutes until the rice is hot, stirring about once every minute.

Pour in a little tamari to taste, and mix it with the rice.  Cook for another minute to sear in the flavor.

Turn off the heat.  Mix in 1-2 tablespoons sesame seeds.

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