How to cook brown rice in rice cooker [Fluffy + Tasty]

how to cook brown rice in rice cooker

Do you want to cook brown rice but don’t know how to cook brown rice in rice cooker? Or do you assume it as a difficult task? Well, you have to think again after reading these super easy steps, you will get 100% fluffy, tasty and delicious brown rice.

All you need is brown rice, water, rice cooker, and the exact ratio of rice to water.

If you follow these simple steps that i am going to tell you, then your brown rice will never be in a mushy texture, banged together or improperly cooked.

Here are simple steps for

How to cook brown rice in Rice Cooker

  1. Wash 2 cups of brown rice in cold water.
  2. Brown Rice must be super clean before putting in the rice cooker.
  3. It’s better to soak the brown rice in water for 30 minutes to let the rice absorbs the water. This will adds extra fluffiness to your brown rice.
  4. After that, put it in a rice cooker and add four cups of water in the rice cooker.
  5. Now add a half teaspoon of salt in a rice cooker for flavor.
  6. The next step is to turn on your rice cooker and click on the brown rice button
  7. Now close the lid of your rice cooker and let it cook the brown rice.
  8. Rice cooker will turn off automatically, and you will have perfectly cooked brown rice.
  9. You can also add seasonings according to your preferences.
  10. Enjoy your tasty, fluffy brown rice.

Ingredients that you need:

  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 4 cups of water
  • Half teaspoon salt

Things you need to know before cooking brown rice

  • Check you rice cooker options:
    First of all, you have to check what kind of rice cooker you have.
    Does it support or have options for brown rice? If yes then congratulations your 90% work is done. Just follow the instructions that are written in the user manual of the rice cooker.
  • Measuring the Rice and exact rice to water ratio:
    If you are only cooking for one or two persons, then use 2 cups of brown rice. In case you are making a family meal (for eight persons) use 8 cups of brown rice.
    The tricky part is how many cups of water you need. The first thing is if you are using a measuring cup that comes along with the rice cooker then you need to see the labeling lines with numbers written inside of the rice cooker. 2 cups of brown rice mean fill water up to the line which has label 2 on it. And if you are using some other measuring cup that doesn’t come with the rice cooker, then you have to follow the ratio 1:2 where 1 is the cup of brown rice, and 2 is the cups of water. Because brown rice grains are more stringent, and they take time to absorb water. You have to keep the rice to water ratio double, and you can superbly cook brown rice for as many people as you want.
  • Rinse the brown rice:
    After measuring the quantity, rinse the brown rice properly in a mesh strainer. Rinsing is v.important because it will wash starch from grains and make brown rice fluffy and non-sticky. After washing, evenly spread brown rice in the rice cooker so every grain of brown rice will cook properly.
  • Add salt (optional):
    If you want to boost the taste and make brown rice salty add some salt in it. Add some tsp of Salt according to your liking and desire. Normally ¼ tsp for each cup of brown rice.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrients Brown Rice
Calories 216
Fiber 3.5 grams
Fat 1.8 grams
Protein 5 grams
Iron 5% of the RDI

Nutrition facts Source: Healthline

Difference between Brown rice and White Rice

Rice is one of the most versatile food items. I’ve seen many people who love to eat rice consistently in their daily routine. I am also one of them.

Different kinds of rice exist, but the most common is the White Rice and Brown rice, they each come in different varieties such as short grain, medium grain, long-grain, and light grain. Each takes a different time to cook.

Brown rice is much healthier than white rice its also called unpolished rice, because it is unprocessed raw and still contains the bran and germ and only has its outer shell removed with all of its nutritional value still intact, while the white rice goes through multiple stages of milling that eliminates all the parts even its germ that contains 95% nutritional value of the grain, its further refined into its bright white appearance earning it the name ‘polished rice’, this process strips off the white rice from all the healthy nutrients it had to make it empty — often requiring artificial addition of nutrition.

Whereas unprocessed rice which is called brown rice has all its nutrition and healthy carbs intact, therefore making the Brown rice the healthy option, it’s also very beneficial for a heart patient. Brown rice helps to control blood pressure. People love to eat brown rice because they are easy to digest and reduces constipation.

Brown rice is rich in naturally occurring oils that are beneficial for the body and help to normalize cholesterol levels. Brown rice is high in fiber. It’s an excellent food for those who have diabetes. Brown rice is suitable for people who are trying to lose weight since it makes digestion easier. Half a cup of brown rice contains 1.7 grams of resistant starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat.

Brown rice is easy to cook and delicious, with healthy, beneficial nutrients attached to it. If you want to make brown rice cooked with the fluffy texture and separate cereals, then you have to use a rice cooker and follow the instructions given below:

Advantages and Benefits of Eating Brown Rice

  • It is full of powerful oxidants that help to protect your cells from damage
  • It lowers the risk of heart diseases and cancer.
  • Brown rice is rich in Selenium(which is essential for the heart) This reduces the risk of developing cardiac disorders such as vascular diseases and hypertension.
  • Brown rice is rich in vitamin B(which is good for the brain and nervous system) the presence of mineral also makes good for your brain.
  • Brown rice may help to reduce anxiety. Due to the presence of amino acids such as glycerin, glutamine acid, and GABA.

What are the side effects of overeating brown rice?

The bran of brown rice contains some anti-nutritional factors such as phytic acid which can limit the absorption of nutrition and minerals.

And also according to the studies rice contains potentially dangerous levels of arsenic if consumed in large quantities over time especially highlighting brown rice.

Other than that there are no known potential side effects of brown rice.

Before finishing this article, there is a bonus for you as I am going to share another very easy step by step recipe for making fried brown rice that is good for weight loss.

How to cook Brown Rice For Weight Loss

  • Take 1/3 cup brown rice and soak it in water for 10 minutes and
  • Then wash and rinse the brown rice thoroughly.
  • Boil some water in a saucepan and when bubbles appear, add some salt as needed.
  • After that, add soaked brown rice in a pan.
  • When the water starts boiling lower the flame and cook the brown rice on low heat.
  • Now check the rice, and once you see the rice is cooked and the grains of brown rice are fluffy and soft to touch, then strain the water and kept the rice on a stainer.
  • Heat a pan with low heat, add 1TSP coconut oil.
  • Add chopped garlic but don’t let garlic overcook and its change color to caramel brown.
  • Then add the vegetables chopped shallots, chopped green chili, chopped carrots, and green peas. You can also use seasonal vegetables.
  • Cover and let it cook for one minute. Stir it well and add chopped cabbage.
  • Now add 1/2 TSP soy sauce.
  • Now put cooked brown rice in vegetables and mix it well once the rice is a nicely mixed turn off the flame. Tasty brown rice is ready to eat.


  1. Brown Rice
  2. Water
  3. Salt
  4. Soy Sauce
  5. Oil
  6. Vegetables (1 medium-sized carrot, One green chili. 1/4 cup of green peas, 3/4 Shallots, 2 cloves of garlic.)

Frequently Asked Questions

How much water do you need to cook brown rice in rice cooker?

For 1 cup of brown rice you need 2 cups of water and for 2 cups of brown rice add 4 cups of water in your rice cooker.

How long does brown rice take to cook in rice cooker?

It takes approximately 40 to 50 minutes to cook brown rice in rice cooker but it also depends on your rice cooker. Some rice cookers take more than 1 hour and some take less than 40 minutes to cook brown rice.

Does brown rice need more water in rice cooker?

Yes, cooking brown rice needs more water to make it nice and tender. Brown rice take longer time and more water than white rice

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