How to make brown rice

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Tired of mushy, gummy, or not-quite-cooked-enough brown rice? This is my foolproof method to cook perfect brown rice that’s fluffy every time! Below I’ll show you how to cook brown rice on the stove– rice cookers aren’t the only way to success! Bowl of fluffy perfect brown rice with chopsticks

The health benefits of brown rice

Brown rice has a nutty taste/texture because it is a whole grain which forms part of it’s nutritional value. Although there’s a great divide with people who love and some who hate it. You cannot deny it’s nutritional content;

  • Low GI of 5o compared to white rice at GI 89
  • High in mineral and vitamins – thiamine, niacin, B6, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc.
  • Low in fat
  • Contains slow releasing carbohydrates keeping you fulling fuller for longer
  • Brown rice contains lignan compounds that can help protect against heart disease
  • Lignans shown to reduce the amount of fat in the blood, lowers blood pressure and decreases inflammation in the arteries
  • Lows bad cholesterol (LDL) and promotes good cholesterol (HDL)

Should I soak wild rice?

In general, soaking grains overnight cuts down the cooking time. Additionally, according to Sarah Britton’s Cookbook My New Roots, soaking grains before cooking helps remove some of the naturally occuring phytic acid, that prevents mineral absorption, and break down some of the hard-to-digest properties.

In general, soaked wild rice cooks 50% faster. However, you can make wild rice without soaking as well. It will just take longer to cook. Either way, I highly recommend giving it a good wash before cooking.

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What dishes can I use wild rice in?

You can use wild rice in so many dishes. I personally love using wild rice in salads, soups, and casseroles. This Wild Rice Salad, an old Ina Garten recipe, is one-of my Thanksgiving recipes that I make every year. Additionally, you can serve wild rice just by itself as a side dish.

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While wild rice is wonderful when served by itself, it also is a nice addition to salads, soups, and casseroles. Its nutty flavors elevate a dish instantly. If you agree, consider this post as your guide to How To Cook Wild Rice. Read through the post to get the recipe and find out the answers to FAQs.

  • Author: Aysegul Sanford
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American
  • 1 cup wild rice, rinsed well – Not soaked*
  • 3 cups of water * (or vegetable, chicken or beef stock)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Place wild rice, water (or stock), and salt in a saucepan with a lid over medium-high heat.
  2. Put the lid on and bring it to a boil. Turn the head down to low and let is simmer for 40-45 minutes. You will know that it is cooked when some of the kernels are burst open.
  3. Drain excess liquid and serve.
  • If you plan ahead and soak it, it will cook much faster. Please refer to the post for more information on this.
  • If you prefer, you can use a combination of water and stock.
  • I have tried this recipe both with cultivated and true wild rice varieties and the 3 cups of liquid worked perfectly for both of them. However, I read on a few other sites that some commercial wild rice sold in the supermarkets sometimes require more liquid. Therefore, I suggest keeping an eye on it during the cooking process and adding more boiling water, if necessary.

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How to Make Instant Pot Brown Rice (Step-by-Step Instructions)

Instant Pot Brown Rice PIP Instructions 1 collage - wash rice in colander, glass bowl with rice, water added - Paint the Kitchen Red

  • Rinse the brown rice thoroughly.
  • Add brown rice to the bowl.
  • Add water to the rice.

Instant Pot Brown Rice PIP Instructions 2 collage - Instant Pot with water, add trivet, add bowl with water and rice - Paint the Kitchen Red

  • Add 2 cups water to the Instant Pot inner pot.
  • Place trivet in the inner pot.
  • Place the bowl of rice on the trivet.

Instant Pot Duo Manual mode 22 minutes collage - close lid, press manual, press + -, display says 22 - Paint the Kitchen RedInstant Pot DUO Pressure Cook:

  • Close the lid and make sure steam release handle is in ‘Sealing’ position
  • Press ‘Manual’ (or ‘Pressure Cook’) and ‘+’ or ‘-‘ until display reads ‘22′ (22 minutes).

Instant Pot Ultra pressure cook 22 minutes collage - open lid, select pressure cook and set time to 00:22, display says on - Paint the Kitchen Red

Instant Pot ULTRA Pressure Cook:

  • Close the lid.
  • Select Pressure Cook mode and adjust time to 22 minutes (00:22).
  • Press ‘Start’.

Instant Pot Duo Pressure Cooking collage - display shows On, float valve is down, display shows L0:00 - Paint the Kitchen Red Instant Pot Ultra pressure cooking collage - Ultra display shows On, float valve is up, display shows 00 00 - Paint the Kitchen Red

  • Instant Pot display will change to ‘On’.
  • Once the Instant Pot is pressurized, the float valve will go up.
  • The display will count down from 22 to 0; it will then switch to ‘Keep Warm’ mode and display ‘L0:00’  or ’00 00′ and begin to count up.

Instant Pot Ultra and Duo 10 minute Natural Release (NPR) Paint the Kitchen Red

  • Wait for 10 minutes after cooking is complete, and release any remaining pressure (see below).

Instant Pot Duo release steam and open collage - move steam release handle to venting with help of a towel, float valve is down, Instant Pot Duo is open - Paint the Kitchen RedInstant Pot DUO 10-minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR):

  • Move the steam release handle to ‘Venting’. I like to place a folded towel over the steam release handle and move it to the venting position. Remove the towel after turning the knob.
  • When your Instant Pot is depressurized, the float valve will be in the down position.
  • Press ‘Cancel’ and open the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Ultra Release Steam and Open collage - press steam release button, float valve in down position, Instant Pot Ultra is open - Paint the Kitchen RedInstant Pot ULTRA 10-minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR):

  • Press down on the Steam Release Button until it locks into place, and steam begins to come out of the Steam Release Valve.
  • When your Instant Pot is depressurized, the float valve will be in the down position.
  • Press ‘Cancel’ and open the Instant Pot.
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Instant Pot Brown Rice PIP Instructions collage - cooked rice in bowl in Instant Pot, remove trivet and rice, fluff rice - Paint the Kitchen Red

  • Carefully remove cooked rice from Instant Pot.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork.

Instant Pot Brown Rice P1 turquoise bowl with brown rice with flowered napkin in background - Paint the Kitchen Red

  1. Rinse the brown rice thoroughly.
  2. Add brown rice to an oven safe medium bowl.
  3. Add 2 cups water to the Instant Pot inner pot.
  4. Place trivet in the inner pot.
  5. Place bowl on the trivet.
  6. Close the lid and pressure cook for 22 minutes (on high pressure).
  7. Do 10-minutes natural pressure release (NPR 10 minutes).   
  8. Press Cancel and open the Instant Pot.
  9. Carefully remove bowl of cooked rice from Instant Pot using silicone gloves.
  10. Fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Allow the rice to sit for about 10 minutes after fluffing with fork.
  • If you like your rice well done, do a full natural pressure release (NPR).

Perfect Instant Pot Brown Rice Amount Per Serving (1 cup) Calories 200Calories from Fat 9 Total Carbohydrates 43g14% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I am not a certified nutritionist.  I provide my best estimate of nutritional information merely as a courtesy to my readers.  If you depend on nutritional information for dietary or health reasons,  I suggest using your favorite online nutrition calculator to confirm the nutritional value of this recipe based on the actual ingredients that you use.

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