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Healthy & Delicious Brown Rice


Whole-grain brown rice is cooked in delicious stock. Adding stock is a great way to infuse even more flavor into this nutritious and hearty rice.
  • Serves: 4
  • Active Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr
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  • Success Rating: 94% (?)
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Step 1: Rinsing the Rice (optional)

Rinsing the Rice (optional)
  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice


Rinse the rice under cold water, if desired.

Note: We often soak our brown rice overnight. To do this, simply cover the rice with double the amount of water. Let sit overnight, or for at least 6 to 8 hours.

Step 2: Cooking the Rice

Cooking the Rice
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups stock (or water)*
  • 1 tsp sea salt


Place the rice, salt and stock into a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

*Note: If you have soaked the brown rice before hand, then drain the rice first and use only about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of stock. You may also need to reduce the cooking time slightly.

Once the liquid comes to a boil, cover with a tight-fitting lid and turn the heat down to the lowest setting. Let cook for approximately 45 minutes, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3: Resting & Serving the Rice

Resting & Serving the Rice
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)


Once done, remove from the heat, let the rice rest for at least 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Lastly, taste for seasoning — adding salt and pepper to taste. Gently fluff the rice one last time with a fork before serving.

Chef's Notes

This rice can also be cooked using the oven method or the rice cooker method.


  • Sunnie S
    Sunnie S
    Tried this rice using my homemade white chicken stock (taught in the Pro Cook Course). Was not able to soak the rice overnight, so I rinsed thoroughly, then soaked in water for 15 minutes, followed by a final, good rinse. Also used long grain brown rice (rather than short grain brown rice). Truly amazing how much flavor the stock imparts in the rice! It was fantastic, but very sticky. I find most of the rice I make turns out somewhat sticky, even when rinsing (as described above). Perhaps the soak overnight would solve this issue? Looking forward to more instruction from Rouxbe on how to properly cook rice in the coming weeks!
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hi Sunnie: I have lived in Brazil and Honduras, and soaking rice overnight is a common practice. I am not sure why your rice was sticky, however, if you decreased the liquid amount and cooking time, the rice should have been "fluffy." It could have also been because your used a different variety of rice. Try it with the short grain. Happy cooking and thanks for writing! Cheers, Char
  • Regina M
    Regina M
    Thank you for sharing, will it work if I soak my rice in hot water for an hour before cooking than soaking overnight
  • Mirko P
    Mirko P
    Do we leave the rice to soak overnight at room temperature -- or in the fridge?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Hi Mirko, rice can usually be soaked at room temperature. If the environment is particularly warm, then some bubbles or 'funk' may appear on the surface of the water. If this is the case, the grains can be rinsed and used. Then, henceforth, they can be soaked in the refrigerator to avoid this. ~Eric

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