How to Steam Brown Rice

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Brown rice is a healthy alternative to plain white rice. Although more nutritious, brown rice is more difficult to cook. Finding the perfect balance of texture can be difficult; a few minutes too little or too long and you may end up with crunchy kernels or a pot of mush. Partially cooking the rice and then steaming it is the most effective way to achieve perfect, restaurant-quality brown rice. One cup of uncooked brown rice will yield two cups of cooked rice.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • Strainer
  • Water
  • Pot
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
  • Fork
  • Rinse the rice in a strainer under cold running water for about 30 seconds.

  • Bring 12 cups of water to a rolling boil in a large pot over high heat.

  • Add the rice and salt to the boiling water. Stir it only once, then bring the water back to a boil. Allow the rice to cook in the boiling water uncovered for 30 minutes.

  • Pour the rice and water into a strainer over your kitchen sink. Allow the rice to drain thoroughly for about 15 seconds, shaking the strainer to release excess liquid.

  • Return the rice to the pot off of heat. Cover the pot with a lid or kitchen towel. Allow the rice to steam in the pot for 10 minutes. If your prefer softer rice, allow it to steam for a few minutes more.

  • Fluff the rice with a fork and serve warm.

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