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How to Cook Brown Rice in the Microwave

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Thanks to this method of knowing how to cook brown rice in the microwave, you can cook brown rice in less than 30 minutes without having to watch over it. This post will also tell you how to cook brown rice without a microwave, but trust us – stop watching the pot that never boils, and use the microwave to cook brown rice. We have posted a similar post about cooking white rice in the microwave, but since brown rice is healthier for more frequent consumption we recommend this quick method for regular usage.

Cooking Brown Rice in the Microwave
You Will Need:
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
Thanks to @melodylaila I now know that the best ratio for rice to water is always 1:2, therefore 1 cup rice and 2 cups water.
1 deep microwave-friendly bowl

You Will Do:
1. Wash the brown rice thoroughly and add to the bowl.
2. Add the water to the bowl.
3. Bung the bowl into the microwave, set the timer to 20 minutes.
4. If there is still water left, cook for another 5 minutes. It won’t take any more than a total 30 minutes.

Cooking Brown Rice over a Flame
You Will Need:
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
1 deep cooking pan

You Will Do:
1. Add water to the cooking pan, close lid and bring to a boil over a high flame.
2. Once the water is boiling, add the brown rice.
3. Leave half covered over a medium flame.
4. Check after 6-8 minutes. When all the rice grains point upwards, and break on pressing (try this with one grain) your brown rice is cooked. There’s a bit of guestimation here, so you will need to check when the water starts boiling. You will then need to check if you need a little extra water once the rice starts boiling. All-in-all this method takes us about 15-20 minutes as well, but it requires human presence. And we don’t like watching water boil.

We don’t know why it took us this long to post our favourite method of preparing brown rice, but here it is and we hope you use it. Of course, this post is more for the benefit of first-time cooks who approach rice and rotis with caution. Like a friend who recently wanted to cook white rice in the microwave, but realised only after he bought the white rice that his new rented flat didn’t come with a microwave. It takes all kinds.

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About Sasha Gusain

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  • http://twitter.com/tastiwave TastiWave

    Thanks for the direction for cooking rice in the microwave. It is great having a recipe that allows you to focus more on other aspects of the meal.

  • http://twitter.com/tastiwave TastiWave

    Thanks for the direction for cooking rice in the microwave. It is great having a recipe that allows you to focus more on other aspects of the meal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601441121 Lucy Lang

    tried in the microwave… didn’t work, rice was dry and crispy and had a similar texture to bark… did I do something wrong? O.o

    • Anonymous

      Hi Lucy, it could be a heat intensity issue, or a difference in type of brown rice. We use this one: 
      http://www.krblrice.com/organic-basmati-rice.html I suggest you try adding 1/2 cup more water, and microwave in 5 minute intervals to arrive at the texture you prefer. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=601441121 Lucy Lang

    tried in the microwave… didn’t work, rice was dry and crispy and had a similar texture to bark… did I do something wrong? O.o

    • sashg

      Hi Lucy, it could be a heat intensity issue, or a difference in type of brown rice. We use this one: 
      http://www.krblrice.com/organic-basmati-rice.html I suggest you try adding 1/2 cup more water, and microwave in 5 minute intervals to arrive at the texture you prefer. 

    • bladecatz

      I had the same issue and have to agree with Robert that it may have been the instant brown rice used in these instructions. After I got my rice out of the microwave, (I was going to serve it with slo-cooked chicken breasts) I decided to put the undercooked rice in the slo-cooker and let it cook till tomorrow in the chicken broth. I added some more uncooked rice to the cooker since there was quite a lot of broth. A few hours before time for dinner tomorrow, I will add the left over chicken breast meat to the rice-broth and have an almost no work meal.

  • Robert Putnam

    I suspect that the described process is for “Instant” brown rice rather than the real stuff.  Real brown rice takes at least 40 minutes to cook.

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