How To Cook Brown Rice

Cooking Brown Rice Types & Times

Brown Rice GrainRice CupsWater CupsDuration
Short1.52.540 minutes
Basmati1.52.515 minutes
Medium1.52.530 minutes
Long1.52.530 minutes
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Brown Rice Recipe

Here is how to make brown rice at home. Ensure you wash the rice before and follow the instructions to make it super fluffy.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep
Cuisine American, Asian, Indian
Servings4 people
Calories (per serving)174.43 kcal



  • In a saucepan (high heat), boil water.
  • Reduce heat (medium-high) and add in the brown rice.
  • Leave uncovered and boil for 25 to 30 minutes (medium or long grain), or 15 minutes (short grain).
  • Drain off the remaining cooking water.
  • Return to pot and rest for 10 minutes.
  • Use a fork to fluff.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 174.43kcalCarbohydrates: 36.7gProtein: 3.62gFat: 1.29gSaturated Fat: 0.26gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.46gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.47gSodium: 19.93mgPotassium: 129.13mgFiber: 1.64gVitamin B1: 0.2mgVitamin B2: 0.02mgVitamin B3: 2.08mgVitamin B5: 0.72mgVitamin B6: 0.24mgCalcium: 26.7mgCopper: 0.19mgFolate: 9.64µgIron: 0.87mgManganese: 1.8mgMagnesium: 72.5mgPhosphorus: 127.21mgZinc: 1.01mgNet Carbohydrates: 35.06g
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Data source: USDA

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How Long Does Cooked Brown Rice Last?

Ensure you keep cooked basmati stored in an airtight food storage container.

Fridge2-3 days
Freezer3 months

How To Reheat Cooked Brown Rice?

Microwave2 to 4 minutes
Saucepan5 minutes