How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice – Cookie and Kate

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Repeat after me: No more soft rice!

No more soft rice! I have been using this brown rice cooking technique for years, and it never fails.

Some reasons to love this recipe:

You don’t need a rice cooker

  • or any special equipment (just a pot with a lid and a kitchen stove
  • ).

  • You can use this technique on any type of brown rice (long, medium or short grain, as long as it is not a quick-cooking variety).
  • It’s so easy to remember, you’ll never have to figure out how to cook brown rice again.

brown rice before and after cooking

For this technique, you will boil your rice in plenty of water for 30 minutes. Drain the excess water, return the rice to the pot, cover and let the rice steam for 10 minutes. Ta da! Perfect brown rice, every time.


originally found this technique in Saveur, and I’m so grateful I did. Your recipe calls for 12 cups of water (that’s a lot) per cup of rice, and I’ve learned that you really only need 6 cups.

However, you don’t actually have to measure water as long as you’re using a large enough pot. If too much water evaporates during the cooking process, simply add more and bring the water back to a boil. Your rice will still come out perfectly!

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The following recipes introduce this brown rice cooking technique. I have many more brown rice recipes here. You’ll find brown rice risottos, paella, mujaddara and more.

Homemade Thai red curry recipe with vegetables! Much better than takeaway. 1) Thai Red Curry with Vegetables

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Gluten-free and vegan

“I did this yesterday following the recipe pretty faithfully. My husband said it tastes exactly like red curry at our favorite Thai restaurant! This is a winner and will be marked and done often! The details provided in the recipe, such as the time to cook at each step, ensure that you can’t go wrong with the recipe. So I would feel safe making this recipe for company as well.” – Poornima

Kale black bean burrito bowls make for a delicious, redemptive, vegan dinner that packs well for tomorrow

2) Bowl of Kale, Black Beans and Avocado

Gluten-free and vegan

burrito “I’ve done this twice and I love it! The kale marinated with lemon juice totally turned me into eating raw kale! This is a perfect recipe for preparing weekday lunches in the office because it’s easy to pack and reheat and leftovers taste just as good. Thank you!” – Lauren

Learn how to make fried rice with vegetables—it

3) Gluten-free and easily vegan extra vegetable fried rice

“I did this last weekend and loved love, so I’ll do it again this weekend! My husband also liked it a lot, and it is a difficult task to get him to eat a lot of vegetables, so this will enter our regular rotation for sure. I’m glad I found this blog, I’ve subscribed via email and just bought your cookbook! Thanks Kate!!” – Julia

roasted Brussels sprouts, baked crispy tofu and rice recipe

4) Roasted Brussels sprouts and baked crispy tofu with honey and sesame icing

Gluten free and vegan

Another amazing recipe, perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I introduced this to my meat-loving boyfriend as a general vegetarian, and it worked! Every recipe I cook from this blog is so delicious, all I want to know is when the Cookie and Kate cookbook release date is! Thank you, Kate, your recipes have renewed my love for cooking and make breaking bread with your loved ones even more special.” – Ailla

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<img src="" alt="Super versatile kale salad recipe with amazing green tahini salad dressing –” /> 5) Anything-Goes kale salad with gluten-free and vegan

green tahini dressing

“Thank you so much for this lovely salad, beautiful and delicious! Dressing is such a nice combination. Just what happens after a weekend of not-so-healthy eating.” – Wendy

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