Super Simple & Flavorful Brown Rice

We love brown rice around here. We use it for all kinds of things. Anytime a recipe calls for any type of rice, we substitute this. It’s so much more nutritious and flavorful! I order mine in 25 lb bags from nearby Lowell Farms and keep it in a big bucket in my pantry. My method of preparation is loosely based on a recipe from Nourishing Traditions.


I’ve always used an electric food steamer to cook my rice and it comes out great! I use my steamer to steam vegetables but use it for rice far more than anything else. A couple of years ago I finally wore out the one I got as a wedding gift and got a new one that looks like this:



My instructions call for 2 cups of rice and 3 cups of water to yield 6 cups of cooked rice. I always make this size batch, using part the day I make it and the rest throughout the week in other dishes.


Early in the day, I put the rice plus about a cup of water and 2 tbsp of whey into the rice bowl of the steamer. I let this soak most of the day to break down the phytic acid and increase the nutritional value of the rice.


In the late afternoon, I dissolve a couple of my chicken broth cubes in 2 cups of water and add it to the rice/water/whey mixture. I melt about 3 tbsp of butter and add it, sprinkle Real Salt liberally over it all, and set the steamer for about 70 minutes.


That’s all there is to it! If I have a busy day or won’t be home, I’ll occasionally put in all the ingredients in the morning and set my steamer for the delayed start so the rice will be ready when I get home.


After 70 minutes, I have a big bowl of fluffy, flavorful brown rice! Cooking it in chicken broth rather than just plain water gives it wonderful flavor…it really does make the dish. It makes a wonderful side dish in it’s own right, or with a few sauteed veggies mixed in. My kids all scarf it down…my three year old will make a meal of it if I let her. I also use it as a base ingredient in many of my favorite meals, such as So Easy Hamburger Rice Skillet, Hearty Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas, or Taco Style Lentils and Rice.


It’s a simple, almost fool proof method to make delicious, super versatile rice that can be used in numerous ways.


**Be sure to visit my Kitchen page for my entire “Scoop on Grains” series and more healthy grain recipes!**



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  1. yummy! that looks so tasty 🙂 We love brown rice around here too — in fact, the only thing we use white rice in is an occasional rice pudding. Have you tried rice pudding with brown rice?

  2. Ah yes, brown rice. I haven't tried to Sally Fallon method yet, but it looks good. I always make that amount (that you mentioned) for a regular sized meal! LOL

  3. Your rice looks perfect! Thanks for sharing your simple, but yummy recipe as part of the carnival!

  4. I really, REALLY should be using brown rice for our fam, but I'm so very attached to my Basmati! You've encouraged me, though, so I think I might give it a try!

  5. My husband wants me to cook more rice, but everytime I do he doesn't eat very much. I think I am going to use your tips and see if I can make it really yummy so we can save more money and eat healthier!

  6. Thanks so much for stopping by!! I have a steamer very similar to this…but I've never thought to cook rice in it. Thanks!!

  7. I'm going to have to look into one of those steamers. So easy! I have trouble with crunchy rice after 45 minutes on the stovetop.SnoWhite – I have rice pudding with brown rice in my fridge right now (stovetop style). I cook it almost 2 hours to get it really creamy. Totally yum.

  8. We do brown rice from time to time but I have always enjoyed white rice and it isn't really unhealthy as they make it out to be. I grew up eating rice and had four healthy home births. It is the consumption, i.e. too much of it and not the grain itself. We all know that TOO MUCH of anything is good for nothing, lol. Hope this helps.

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