The Secret to Perfect Brown Rice (without a rice cooker)

I eat rice with everything, but how it turns out has always been hit-or-miss.  Then I came across bon appetite’s The Perfect Pot of Rice.   My days of sticky, mushy rice and chopsticks full of disappointment are gone.  With a few easy steps, I’ve been enjoying fluffy, firm brown rice every time WITHOUT a rice cooker.

Here’s the deal:

  • Put 1 cup of brown or white rice and 1-1/4 cups water in a large saucepan (don’t rinse the rice first or add salt or butter because these all mess with the fluff factor).  I doubled this using the same ratio, but I wouldn’t cook more than this at time.
  • Swirl it all around (don’t you dare put a spoon in that pot!).  Then bring it up to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down to Low and cover.  Simmer for 35 minutes (18 minutes for white rice), no more and no less.
  • After 35 minutes, turn off the heat, remove the lid, and fluff the rice with a wooden spoon or fork.
  • Now here’s the kicker:  Cover the pot with a clean towel, then replace the lid.  Let this sit for 10-15 minutes (the towel soaks up all the moisture that would otherwise drip back down into the rice).
  • Fluff the rice again, and it’s ready!


How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice (without a rice cooker) | southernbeets

Perfect Brown Rice

Making the perfect pot of brown rice.

Making the perfect pot of brown rice.


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