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How to Cook Brown Rice: An Easy, Foolproof Method | Brown Rice Recipe

Updated on December 29, 2010
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Photo: youngthousands@Flickr

Five Reasons to Eat Brown Rice

  1. Brown rice is a good source of protein. A one-cup serving contains about 5 grams of protein.
  2. Brown rice is high in fiber. The American Dietetic Association recommends 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day. A one-cup serving of brown rice has 5 grams of fiber.
  3. Brown rice is filling. The fiber in brown rice helps you feel fuller with fewer calories, which can be beneficial for weight management.
  4. Brown rice is a complex carbohydrate that provides 15 essential nutrients, including B-vitamins, niacin and potassium.
  5. Brown rice is a whole grain. Research has shown that eating more whole grains can reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

How to Cook Brown Rice: An Easy, Foolproof Method

I love brown rice but always had a hard time cooking it just right until I found this recipe. This is absolutely the best and easiest way to cook brown rice. I prefer my brown rice to be creamy and not too chewy, so I cover the dish with aluminum foil, then remove the cover for about the last ten minutes. Absolutely delicious!

This recipe can be made with so many variations. I often add onions, grated carrots, green peas, and herbs. It's a simple side dish or a great base for a main dish. It can also be cooked with chicken breasts or pork chops on top to make a complete one dish meal. Use your imagination and your favorite herbs and seasonings; it is so versatile!

For an even healthier version, substitute olive oil for the butter, or use just one tablespoon of either. Low-sodium broth can be also be used.

TIP: I have all three of the casserole dishes shown below and they work great for this recipe. You can order them through Amazon and have them delivered to your door -- so easy!

The Perfect Casserole Dishes for this Recipe

For a change of pace, add any of these tasty ingredients:

  • grated zucchini
  • grated carrots
  • fresh herbs - dill, rosemary, basil, parsley (cook's discretion!)
  • frozen or canned peas
  • chopped onions
  • sauteed celery
  • cubed squash (butternut is particularly good)
  • chopped bacon
  • grated cheddar cheese (kids love this!)
  • broccoli, grated or finely chopped

Oven Brown Rice


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup vegetable broth OR 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can chicken broth (14.5 ounce)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a 2 quart casserole dish, mix together rice, vegetable or beef broth, chicken broth, butter, garlic, and seasoned salt. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 60 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Note:  If you like your rice creamier, cover the casserole with a lid or aluminum foil for 50 minutes, then cook uncovered until the liquid is absorbed.


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      Poca 3 years ago from Singapore

      i found that cooking brown rice is difficult, you must measure the right water and amount everytime, otherwise it turns squashy

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I would add a #6 to your list of reasons to eat brown rice: it tastes better. I love the nutty flavor of brown rice. Your baking method sounds great, and relatively effortless!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love brown rice. I never knew you could cook it in the oven. Your recipe sounds great. Rated up, useful and bookmarked. You've got yourself a new fan.

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      PrettyPanther 7 years ago from Oregon

      Great! I think you will like it. Thanks for reading and commenting, Riviera.

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      Riviera Rose 7 years ago from South of France

      What a great idea! Like you I love brown rice, but find it takes forever to absorb any liquid. I've never tried cooking rice in the oven before, but will definitely give this a go! Thanks for posting.