How To Cook Brown Rice In A Rice Cooker (Perfect & Fluffy!)

Aroma rice cooker brown rice recipe

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If you want a healthier brown rice option for dinner during a busy week, but need a hands-free cooking method, then this recipe is for you. It will show you how to cook the perfect brown rice every time, and all you need is a rice cooker!

Over the years, I’ve cooked different types of rice and grains in various ways: in a rice cooker, on a stove over a pot, brown rice in an instant pot, white rice in

an instant pot, in the microwave, in a steamer, and even quinoa in a rice cooker. Brown rice is somewhat more difficult to cook because it can take a long time to get perfectly fluffy and moist grains.

While you can make brown rice in a

pot over the stove or even in a microwave, you can also use a rice cooker for an easier, hands-off method, something I definitely prefer.

brown rice bowl and rice cookerTypes of brown rice

Just like

White rice, there are different variants of long grain and short grain brown rice. The differences between these two types of brown rice varieties are similar to the differences of white rice in that long-grain brown rice is less sticky and its final texture has more distinct grains.

add raw brown rice to the rice cooker

Short-grain brown rice is slightly stickier, but still chews well to its texture after cooking. For this recipe, I used Mogami long-grain brown rice and Calrose short-grain brown rice from the Botan brand.

Water to brown rice ratio

There are different sizes and weights for each type of brown rice grain in order to cook them properly. For this recipe, I specifically weighed each amount of dry measuring cup to get a foolproof ratio for each type of brown rice variety.

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While each type of rice cooker comes with its own tablespoon, sometimes tablespoons can vary in size. I have tried two different tablespoons of two different rice cookers and they varied by at least 14 grams, this is a big discrepancy.

pour water into the rice cooker

To clear up any uncertainty about the measurements, I like to use a traditional dry spoon for rice and a liquid measuring tool for water, and I don’t use the spoon that comes with the rice cooker. Or you can use a scale for rice, to get predictable results each time. Here are the ratios I use for each type

of brown rice grain: 1 dry dosing cup of short-grain brown rice (191 grams): 10 fluid ounces of water


  • dry dosing cup of long-grain brown rice (178 grams): 10 fluid ounces of water
  • Keep in mind that all of these measurements are specifically for a single

  • cup of brown rice

. If you want to expand, you may need to adjust to add more water.

How long does it take to cook brown rice?

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It’s important to note that the rice cooker I use is a national brand rice cooker, so my time may differ slightly from other types of rice cookers. With my rice cooker, a cup of brown rice usually takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to get perfectly cooked brown rice in the “normal” environment. For best results, you would follow your machine’s manual for brown rice setup.

It is important to note that you should never open your rice cooker during the cooking process. Only open it once the kitchen has indicated that it is ready. Opening the lid early can affect the texture and cooking of your rice. I even like to let the rice sit in the pot for about five minutes before opening it. This allows excess moisture to be absorbed into the rice grains and gives it a nice, plump texture.

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Tips for cooking

brown rice

pick up a bowl of brown rice

Use a

  • standard dry measuring cup (and a liquid measuring cup) or use a scale to always get accurate measurements. Not all tablespoons are the same, or rather, with the same measurements, so using a standard like the measurements above helps avoid adding too much rice or water.
  • Do not open the rice cooker

  • prematurely or you may end up with undercooked
  • rice.

  • Leave the rice cooker closed for 5 minutes after it finishes cooking to get even coarser grains. Then, use a rice popsicle to fluff the rice.

How to store and reheat

cooked brown rice

brown rice bowl next to the rice cooker

If you have excess cooked brown rice, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. To learn more about how long cooked rice lasts, read my post here. To reheat, simply add it in a bowl with a few pinches of water and cover it with a damp paper towel. I like to heat it in 30-second intervals depending on how much I’m heating to prevent it from drying out.

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