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How to cook brown rice: the easiest way to batch cook brown rice

Read it once and remember it forever.
Course Building block, Freezer-friendly, Grains, Prep-friendly, Side
Cuisine Vegan


  • 2 to 5 cups brown rice just eyeball it


  • Fill a big pot with lots of water (at least 5 cups of water per cup of rice) and set on high heat to bring to a boil.
  • While you wait for the water to boil, pour your brown rice in a fine-mesh metal sieve.
  • Rinse thoroughly, until the water runs clear.
  • When the water is boiling, add the rinsed rice and give it a good stir. Set a timer for 22 minutes. Stir occasionally and reduce the heat a little if needed to prevent overboiling.
  • When the timer goes off, taste the rice. It should be "al dente" - tooth tender, but not completely soft. Cook for an extra minute or too if it's still too firm. Taste again.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Working with your fine-mesh metal sieve, drain the rice. Immediately return it to the hot pot. Do your best but don't worry about removing 100% of the water.
  • Cover but keep the pot off the heat. (Residual heat from an electric element is OK.)
  • After 15 minutes, fluff with a fork. There, you have it: perfect rice!
  • Divide into family-sized portions and refrigerate what you'll eat this week, and freeze the rest. (Remember to label your container!)