How to Cook Brown Rice In Saucepan

Chef Cindy Mooney , On September 15, 2022

Brown rice has a mild nutty flavor and a brownish color even after cooking. The glycemic index of raw brown rice is 55 which is on the edge of the low GI range.

Level: Easy

Time: 45min

Serves: 5 People

Cost: Low

How to Cook Brown Rice In saucepan

Cooking brown rice vs white rice can be a healthy decision since brown rice does not go through milling hence contains slightly more protein per oz. You can cook brown rice recipe in a pot or you can cook brown rice in a rice cooker. Both are easy ways to prepare a good source of carbohydrates that won’t require any magic spells and yields. For this brown rice recipe we will simmer some white onion – this yields a caramelized taste as the onion begins to brown and adds some richness to this fluffy brown rice recipe.

saucepan Brown Rice Recipe Tools

  • Saucepan

  • Strainer

  • Wood spoon

  • 1 cup measuring cup

  • 1 Tbsp measuring spoon

Easy Brown Rice Recipe

Measuring Cups for Water and Brown Rice.

Ingredients for This Easy saucepan Brown Rice Recipe

  • 1 tsp Olive Oil (optional)

  • 3 tbsp butter

  • 2 1/4 cups vegetable stock (from bullion or pre-packaged)

Saucepan Brown Rice Recipe Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Wash the rice under running water – this process removes excess starch, resulting in grains that are more separate when cooked. To rinse the rice, dump the rice in a strainer with a fine mesh. The fine mesh prevents the rice kernel from falling through the strainer but allows the water to flow through.

    Washing Rice Under Running Water

    Wash Brown Rice In Strainer Under Running Water.

  2. In a saucepan on high heat, melt butter until golden color. Add onions and simmer until they start to caramelize and turn brown (1) .

  3. Pour one cup of brown rice into pot. Add brown rice and toast the grains in the hot oil for about 1 minute, stirring often so the onion is mixed with the brown rice (2).

  4. Reduce heat to medium/low adding the vegetable stock and water to the brown rice recipe. The brown rice to water ratio is 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of brown rice (3).
    Cover pan and simmer for appx 30 minutes or until rice is tender.(4)

    Pour Water Into Pot

    Pour 1 Cup of Water Into Pot.

  5. Voilà ! Fluff your rice with a fork and plate with your protein or veggie of choice. Bon Appétit!

Suggestions For Our Brown Rice Recipe

Saucepan Brown Rice Cooking Tip: Do Not Open the saucepan Lid During The Cooking Process! This would let the hot steam escape and changes cooking times. You will know your healthy brown rice recipe is almost done when steam begins to emerge from the vent of your pot.
What is the Water to Brown Rice Ratio? Use a 2 to 1 ratio. So, twice as much water as rice. Remember the rice will soak up much of the water so with too little water you will not obtain the right fluffy texture while with too much water your rice will be soggy.
Additions to our brown rice saucepan recipe: You can make dirty rice by adding ingredients like 1tsp of garlic or you can add some parsley leaves.
Serving suggestions for this brown rice saucepan recipe: Pair this with our lemon grilled chicken recipe, or if you prefer seafood – opt for the shrimp scampi recipe.

Chef Cindy Mooney

With a personal mission to spread the good name of nutrition through mouthwatering recipes, Chef Cindy's philosophy around nutrition is deeply rooted in food as medicine. In the kitchen, she offers a conscious, restorative, and functional approach to cooking; an approach she has cultivated during her years working in farm-to-table restaurants.