How to Cook Short Grain Brown Rice

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Things You'll Need

  • Medium saucepan

  • One-half teaspoon salt

  • Fork

  • Two tablespoons butter (optional)

Use brown rice in a variety of healthy recipes.

Short grain brown rice features plump, almost round kernels. Due to a high starch content, cooked brown rice tends to be moist and sticky. According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, brown rice contains approximately two grams of fiber and a little more than 100 calories per half-cup, making it a nutritious part of your diet. You can use short grain brown rice in a variety of sweet and savory dishes, such as stir-fries, cold salads, soups and puddings.


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Step 1

Pour one cup of short grain brown rice, two cups of water and one-half teaspoon of salt into a medium saucepan.

Step 2

Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Stir the rice.

Step 3

Cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to low to create a gentle simmer.

Step 4

Simmer the rice for 50 minutes without lifting the lid. Take the pan off of the heat and allow the rice to sit for five minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork. Stir in two tablespoons of butter if you desire.


Add extra flavor to the brown rice by replacing the water with two cups of vegetable or chicken broth.