Basic Brown Rice

Photo by Lena Robertson

Photo by Lena Robertson

Brown rice is one of my favorite foods to add to a meal because it is so easy to cook. You can leave it on the stove to cook while you prepare other things for the meal - like vegetables! There are a few different varieties of brown rice that can be used: Short grain, long grain, Basmati, and then there is also wild rice. I prefer using brown rice over white rice when meal planning because the brown rice has not been stripped of its nutrients. Brown rice is one way to add some B vitamins into your diet!

Makes about 3-4 servings.

Cooking and preparation time is about 30-45 minutes.


1 cup brown rice. I used long grain brown rice in this recipe but you can use any kind of brown rice.

2 cups water. I often don’t even measure how much water I add to the rice. I add the rice to a pot and cover the rice with water until the water reaches the first joint on my pointer finger. When I place my finger strait down into the pot and place the tip of my finger gently on the rice you can see the water line around the joint.


Place the pot of rice on the stove and cover with a lid. Cook at medium heat until the water starts to boil. Once the water starts to boil, turn down the heat to low and keep the lid on the pot. Let the rice cook on low heat for about half an hour. When the rice is done, it will be light and fluffy when you lift it with a fork and there will be no more water left in the pot. When you taste it, it will be soft. If the rice is still grainy and hard when you bite into it or if there is still a noticeable amount of water in the pot then cook for a little longer.