How To: Make Perfect Brown Rice

I know, I know…by the title you’re expecting the most exciting blog post, EVER.  Right? Stick with me.  To pump up the excitement factor, I’m giving away something super cute, too.  You’ll want one.  But let’s talk brown rice for a minute, shall we?  Brown rice is a whole grain.  It’s a plain grain of rice with only the outer husk removed.  To produce normal, white rice, the next 2 layers (the bran and the germ) are removed, leaving just the starchy white center.  While brown and white rice have similar amounts of calories and carbohydrates, brown rice has considerably more nutrients, including fiber, magnesium, healthy fatty acids, and much more.  It’s a little chewier than white rice and has a mild, nutty, flavor.  It’s definitely a great way to add healthy grains to your diet.

The problem is that it can be a little tricky to cook.  It’s not hard, by any means.  You can certainly just follow the instructions on the bag,  but I find the results are incredibly varied.  Sometimes it’s still crunchy when it’s done, other times it’s really gummy and sticky.  I almost always have a layer of rice stuck like super glue to the bottom of my pan.  For me it’s really hit and miss when I cook it in a pot on the stove.  However, using this method, it’s perfect every single time.  The grains are perfectly textured and fluffy, and I don’t have to think about it since it’s just sitting in my oven.  Here’s how it’s done:

Place your dry brown rice in an 8×8 pan.

Combine 2 1/3 cups water with just a couple teaspoons of oil.  Bring it to a boil, and then add a little salt.  You can also use broth for a little extra flavor.

Pour it over the rice and give it a mix.

Cover the pan tightly with foil.  You don’t want any of that moisture escaping and evaporating during cooking, so wrap it down tight.

Pop the pan in the oven and leave it there for about an hour.  When it comes out, remove the foil,

and give it a quick fluff.

Immediately cover the pan with a clean kitchen towel.  Notice how I pulled the towel tight over the top and tucked the edges underneath the pan.  That’s so the towel doesn’t actually sit on the rice and just stick to it.

Normally, you’d just leave a pot of rice with the lid on, but what happens is that all of that hot steam evaporates and has nowhere to go.  So it collects on the underside of the lid and then falls back into the rice, making it sticky and gummy.  The towel allows the moisture to stay in the pan, keeping the rice moist and fluffy, but excess steam is absorbed into the towel.

The result is simply, brown rice perfected.  Sometimes simple tricks are the best.

This is a great little recipe to print out and tape to your rice container, or on the inside of a cabinet for easy reference.

And if you want to double it, just use a 9×13 pan, and the baking time remains the same.  You can also use a ceramic pan with a tight-fitting lid.





  1. I have always wanted to switch to brown rice but never could because of texture and taste. I cant wait to try this out and take one more step towards healthy eating.

  2. Thank you Thank you!! I’ve always wanted to ask this question, but hate to burden you with a request when you probably get so many….so this was awesome.

  3. I always make my rice this way – perfect every time! Other types of rice cook well using this method, too. I cook basmati rice like this all the time.

    1. Hi Amy!

      Did you have to do anything special or different with basmati rice? Want to try this tomorrow for guests but maybe shouldn’t experiment on dinner company 🙂 regular brown rice works great but basmati fits the indian spiced kabobs perfectly! Thanks!

  4. LOVE THIS! I make brown rice all the time and have to scrub and soak, scrub and soak the pan for days. Seriously!

    Can’t wait to try this out tomorrow night! (after I win that apron of course!)

  5. If I were to come up with all the different ways possible to cook rice, I don’t think this would ever have entered my mind. What a perfectly painless carefree way to accomplish this task. Thank you! And thank you ATK!

  6. Maybe I will actually cook brown rice now…I don’t like cleaning out my rice cooker and it’s so messy on the stove. Have you tried this with white rice too?

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