Brown rice, a whole grain, retains its bran and germ, packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a nutritional powerhouse.
The correct water ratio is essential for achieving perfectly cooked brown rice. A 2:1 ratio of water to rice is ideal, but some varieties may require slight adjustments.
Rinsing brown rice removes excess starch, preventing it from becoming sticky or gummy. Use a fine-mesh sieve and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear.
Brown rice can be cooked on the stovetop, in the oven, or in an Instant Pot. Each method has its advantages and nuances.
Bring water to a boil, add rinsed rice, reduce heat, and simmer for 45-50 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
Preheat the oven, combine rinsed rice and water in a baking dish, cover tightly, and bake for 1-1.5 hours, or until all water is absorbed.
Combine rinsed rice and water in the Instant Pot, set to high pressure for 22 minutes, and let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.
Fluffing separates the grains, preventing clumping and ensuring a light, fluffy texture. Use a fork to gently lift and separate the cooked rice.
Enrich the flavor of brown rice with salt, herbs, spices, or aromatics like onions, garlic, or ginger.
Brown rice pairs well with stir-fries, stews, salads, and even desserts. Experiment with various cuisines to discover your favorites.