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Perfectly Fluffy Brown Rice

perfect brown rice

Mister and I have a heck of a time cooking brown rice.  It seems like every time we follow the package directions to a tee, our rice always turns out crunchy.  We’ve compensated by adding more water to the pot but we still can’t seem to find the perfect combination.  Now, I may be the only Asian in the world who doesn’t have a rice cooker (don’t judge me), but I can conquer white rice without any problems.  I don’t know what it is about brown rice that gives us issues, but it does!

I finally tried a method of cooking brown rice that WORKS.  I found this recipe on Skinny Taste (she mentions that she found this on Saveur).  My rice wasn’t crunchy, or soggy, or burned… it was amazingly fluffy and perfectly cooked.  I may never follow package directions again.  Watch out world!

Perfect Brown Rice

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yields: Makes about 3 1/2 cups (5 servings). Different rice varieties may yield different amounts.

Serving Size: 3/4 cup

Perfect Brown Rice


  • 1 cup natural brown rice
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt


  1. Rinse the rice with cold water for 30 seconds. Bring the water and salt to a boil over high heat in a large heavy pot with a tight fitting lid.
  2. When the water is boiling add the rice, stir and partially cover (don't cover completely or it will spill over) and cook on medium-high heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, drain the rice in a strainer, then quickly return to the pot and cover tightly for 20 minutes so the steam finishes cooking the rice (place the pot on a cold burner). Uncover the rice and fluff with a fork.


Adapted from Saveur and Skinny Taste.

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