10 November 2009

How to Cook Brown Rice in the Microwave

Brown rice can be a bit intimidating. It takes longer to cook and can be mushy if overcooked. It's a balancing act and most people don't take the time. But when cooked properly, the rewards far outweigh the trouble. There is really no nutrition at all in white rice. It's like white bread; everything good for you has been cooked and processed out. I switched to brown rice years and years ago and while I enjoy the occasional side of sticky white rice with some Chinese take-out, brown rice is the only thing I serve at home. I even make my homemade fried rice with brown. The flavor is richer and has a subtle nuttiness.

Normally I throw my rice and water into a rice cooker and set it for 45 minutes, but not everyone has a rice cooker. So I thought I would post instructions for making it in the microwave. It's really simple and requires minimal effort. Plus it's super tasty, making it the perfect side dish to any meal.

You will need:

1 cup whole grain brown rice
2 chicken bullion cubes
3 cups water
1T oil
2.5 quart microwave safe dish with lid

Add the water and oil to your dish then crumble the bullion cubes into the water.

Sprinkle the rice on top and give it a little stir.

Cook in the microwave, uncovered, for 10 minutes on high power. Then cover the dish (but don't stir!!) and cook for 30 minutes on 50% power. Don't open the microwave yet. Let the dish sit in it for 10 minutes. Then take it out and fluff with a fork.

That's it! See how simple and not intimidating that was?


my recipe card:

How to Cook Brown Rice in the Microwave

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Maggie said...

I am so glad to have this tutorial, I am intimidated by cooking anything and you gave me a bit of confidence.

Maggie said...

I am so greatful for this tutorial, I've had a bag of brown rice in the pantry forever and now have the know how to serve it to my fam!

Sunshine Mom said...

your comments made my day! hope you enjoy the rice!!