How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

How many times have you failed at cooking rice? Rice to water ratio for a rice cooker matters, learn how to match it correctly in this brand new post!

Throughout its evolution, rice cookers really make our lives easier. We can cook perfect rice in just a matter of a push-button process.

This genius kitchen equipment works so simple that it doesn’t even require much education or training on how to use it. We only need the right rice to water ratio for a rice cooker.

However, the path to perfect rice lies mainly on understanding how rice cookers do the job. Rice cookers are basically based in the principle of heat absorbing wherein it needs to reach a certain maximum temperature (212° F/100° C) vaporizing the water and once all the water is gone, it switches to a low temperature which we call the “warm” setting.

By understanding this principle we can conclude that rice cookers depend on how much water we put into it. Which means, the more water we use, the longer the cooking process is.

Read the Manual

Every rice cooker comes handy with a manual or a leaflet wherein it briefly explains how the machine works and other operational and maintenance advises. Although most rice cookers advice, 1:1 water ratio or equivalent to 1 cup of rice to 1 cup of water, take note that the rice to water ratio for a rice cooker varies on the following:

  • Type of rice (what grain and type you are cooking)
  • And Rice Cooker brand

Golden Wisdom

There is a golden rule for rice cooking throughout ages, culture and religion, that the fresher the rice grain you have, the less water is needed. This is because newly harvested rice has more moisture compared to aged rice grains which require more water to absorb.

Know your Rice

The best thing about rice cookers is that you can just plug and go after putting in the correct rice and water ratio. When you have fully understood how your rice cooker works, next thing is to know your rice.

We have explained several varieties of rice already from our previous posts and if you notice, each of them requires different water levels. Here are the most common:

  • White rice: 2:1
  • Jasmine rice: 1.1:1
  • Basmati rice: 1.5:1
  • Brown rice: 1.5:1
  • Wild rice: 4:1, (immediately wash with cold water and drain)

Types of Rice

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Apart from rice varieties, there are also different rice types which need to have correct rice to water ratio for a rice cooker to have fluffy and perfect rice.

I have the list below for the different rice types commonly used for cooking:

  • Short grain
  • Medium grain
  • Long grain
  • Wehani
  • Arborio
  • Converted

The amount of rice and water also depends on the measuring cup that you are using. Some brands particularly, Zojirushi, has its own cup included in the box as well as line measurements or water levels inside the inner pots.

Rice to Water Ratio for a Rice Cooker

To better get a clear idea of how much water is needed per type and variety of rice, I have researched and compiled the top 3 brands with Neuro-fuzzy logic, Micom type, and IH (induction heating) technologies plus their recommended water ratios.

These top brands listed below have multi-function settings that are able to cook different rice varieties such as white, brown, sushi and more… You only need to put in the right amount of water and select your desired option.

Zojirushi

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Zojirushi is one of the most reliable rice cookers today with modern technology which is tagged as the ‘genius’ of all kitchen appliances.

Below is the rice to water ratio for a Zojirushi NSZCC18.

Note that the cup meant here is not the standard US measuring cup but rather its own included rice cup.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Nutty, hearty brown rice is easily a building block to multiple flavorful dishes, which is why it rarely fails to appear on my lunch or dinner menu at least once a week. With a pot of cooked brown rice on hand and a few basic ingredients, anyone can create a delicious healthy meal in about five minutes. These brown rice bowls are also perfect to pack for lunch, as they taste great eaten at room temperature.

Basic Brown Rice Recipe

Soaking brown rice overnight helps increase nutrient absorption. It also results in a softer texture that absorbs flavors well. But if you forget to soak your rice, just increase the cooking water to 2 cups.

1 cup short-grain brown rice, soaked overnight in 3 cups water

Large pinch sea salt

Drain rice and add it to a small (2-quart) pot and fill with fresh water. Swish rice around with your fingers and pour off water, catching grains in a strainer. Repeat. Return rice to pot and add water and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 50 to 60 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and set aside, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.

Brown Rice Bowls, Three Ways

Brown Rice and Lemon-Marinated Kale Bowl with Avocado

I find these simple toppings best when the rice is served slightly warm (either freshly cooked or reheated in a steamer basket).

Combine 1 cup thinly sliced kale with 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cold-pressed flax oil and a pinch of salt. Massage the kale until it wilts. Place 1/2 cup brown rice in a bowl and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon tamari, 1 teaspoon flax oil and 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame seeds. Top with marinated kale and sliced avocado.

Harissa Brown Rice Bowl with Carrot and Feta

Make this when you’re in the mood for something with a spicy kick. Harissa is a chile paste made with garlic and olive oil. Since its heat can be intense, choose a paste that also contains sun-dried tomatoes, which will help temper the chiles. The sweetness of the carrot and the briny flavor of the olives and feta pair perfectly with the zesty brown rice.

Combine 1/2 cup room temperature or warm rice with 1 tablespoon harissa paste and stir to combine. Slice 1 medium carrot into 1/4-inch slices and steam for 2 minutes or until tender. Add to brown rice along with 1/4 cup chopped parsley and stir to combine. Top with a crumble of feta and a couple of chopped olives.

Herbed Chickpea Brown Rice Bowl

The combination of chickpeas, herbs and brown rice seasoned with rice vinegar makes a perfect quick and tasty meal in any season. Make it with extra-virgin olive oil or cold-pressed flax oil.

Combine 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas, 1 teaspoon brown-rice vinegar, 1 teaspoon tamari, 2 teaspoons oil, 1 tablespoon sliced scallion, 1 tablespoon each chopped parsley and fresh dill; stir to combine.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Repeat after me: No more mushy rice! No more mushy rice! I’ve been using this brown rice cooking technique for years, and it never fails.

A few reasons to love this recipe:

  • You don’t need a rice cooker or any special equipment (just a pot with a lid, and a kitchen stove).
  • You can use this technique on any type of brown rice (long, medium or short grain, as long as it’s not a quick-cooking variety).
  • It’s so easy to remember, you’ll never need to look up how to cook brown rice again.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

For this technique, you’ll boil your rice in an abundance of water for 30 minutes. Drain off the excess water, return the rice to the pot, cover, and let the rice steam for 10 minutes. Ta da! Perfect brown rice, every time.

I originally found this technique on Saveur, and I’m so thankful I did. Their recipe calls for 12 cups of water (that’s a lot) per cup of rice, and I’ve learned that it really only needs 6 cups.

However, you don’t actually have to measure the water as long as you’re using a large enough pot. If too much water evaporates during the cooking process, just add more and return the water to a boil. Your rice will still turn out perfectly!

Without using (read: buying) a rice cooker, what methods can I use to reduce active cooking time for brown rice? Does pre-soaking help? Should I add the rice before or after bringing the water to a boil? I’m interested in both fitting my cooking into a busy schedule and minimizing the amount of heat I add to my small un-air-conditioned apartment this summer.

I would like solutions that work for both weekend batch cooking and “need more rice mid-week” cooking.

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Harrold McGee indicates in On Food and Cooking that soaking brown rice for 20-30 minutes can speed the cooking. However, he doesn’t give any specifics.

In looking to what I consider highly credible cooking web sites, I have not found any definitive answers.

Cook’s Illustrated’s recommended method for the fastest, best tasting brown rice (no link since it is probably on the pay site) is:

Boiling the rice for our brown rice recipe until it is almost tender (about 30 minutes), draining it, then steaming it until done (another five to 10 minutes) is by far the best stovetop method for brown rice.

Martha Stewart’s recommended technique (50 minutes steaming, 10 minutes resting) is quite similar.

Alton Brown recommends baking technique which may be delicious but is almost certainly the one that will heat your house the most: putting rice in a casserole covered with boiling water, and baking at 375°F for 1 hour.

You have actually asked two different questions:

  • What is the fastest way to cook rice (duration)?
  • What is the most energy efficient way to cook rice (least heating of your house)?

These are not the same thing.

Something to consider: of all liquid non-metals (and I don’t think any of us are going to cook in molten iron), water has the the highest capacity to transfer heat.

It is going to be very difficult to find a way to cook rice that is faster (at least for actual time cooking the rice, when not counting bringing water to the boil) than the traditional pasta method, as often employed in some parts of India: Bring water to a boil, add the rice, cook until done, and drain. However, the energy required to bring all of the surplus water to the boil and the enthalpy of vaporization will make this fast, but not efficient.

Your most energy efficient rice production method (and this is by the very laws of physics which govern our universe is also the one that will add the least heat to your home) is almost certainly a rice cooker, which will heat only until it senses the rice is done. (Of course, what the rice cookers are really measuring is the rise in temperature when the water is all absorbed or evaporated, and so the temperature can rise; therefore, starting with the correct ratio of rice to water is critical).

The bottom line: brown rice takes time to cook. Some rice cookers, however, let you set a timer so that the pot will have the rice ready when you come home. This might be your best bet.

Brown rice, while a healthier alternative to white rice, is not a fan favorite of many, simply because people do not like the way it tastes. Brown rice has a high-fiber coating, which makes it taste more grainer and tougher than regular white rice.

Brown rice can taste really good, if it is done properly and simple adjustments to the way you cook it can have it tasting yummy and delicious.

Chicken Stock or Vegetable Broth

The main thing that turns people off from brown rice is the fact that it doesn’t have much flavor and downright taste blah! To give the brown rice a nice taste, you can add chicken stock or vegetable broth when you are steaming the rice. This really enhances the flavor and you will be surprised how this one change in the way you cook it can have significant taste results. Once you test it out and you like it, I guarantee the old way of cooking brown rice will become a thing of the past.

Try Some Butter

A simple method to make brown rice taste good is by stirring in some butter into the rice as you cook it or before you serve it. The rice will have a very nice buttery flavor to it and something this simple can go a long way in making brown rice taste good. It might not be the healthiest option, but play around with it and see if the results are up to your liking.

Spice it up

You should head to your spice rack if you want to give your brown rice a more flavorful taste. It is good to add a bit of salt, but you can experiment with other spices such as parsley, basil, cilantro, turmeric, cumin, etc. It is best to research what combinations will go great with the rice, but best believe that the results will be magical.

Try Chopped Veggies

Another way to make your brown rice taste really good is by throwing in some chopped vegetables into it while it boils. You can add anything from onions, ginger, garlic, carrots, corn, broccoli and anything else you can think of. Just chop them up and throw them into the water that the rice is boiling in. You will be surprised at how delicious this will taste and it is good to experiment as you perfect your brown rice cooking skills.

Add Beans or Peas

If you enjoy beans or peas, you can also throw them into the brown rice while it is cooking and this will also give it a nice flavor and taste. You can either use the peas or beans that are in the can or you can use fresh ones. If you are using the fresh ones, please remember to soak them ahead of time, so they will be a bit softer and palatable. Once you are ready to cook your brown rice, you can throw it in there for a very tasty variation.

Get Creative

If you are a pro around the kitchen, you can experiment with other ingredients to give your brown rice that oomph that you are looking for. People have used all types of ingredients from honey, cayenne pepper, seaweed, raisins and so much more.

Brown rice doesn’t have to be boring and bland, once you step out of the box and try something different.

Knowing how to cook rice is a skill anyone can master. Perfectly cooked rice is the foundation of so many good meals!

So many of our favorite meals start with rice as a base. Whether you are making our Restaurant Ham Fried Rice or Red Beans and Rice, the rice is the star of the show! It also makes an excellent side for P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef, Sweet and Sour Meatballs, and Chicken Tikka Masala!

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

How to Cook Rice

Rice can go wrong a lot of different ways. It can be too gummy or too crunchy or too sticky. Lucky for you, we’ve tried a bunch of different methods and recipes to find the best, easiest ways to cook rice. We’ll share our method for how to cook rice on the stove top, in a rice cooker, in the oven, and in the instant pot.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Do I Need to Wash Rice?

The short answer is yes. Washing your rice helps to achieve the perfect texture. It washes off the starches on the surface of the rice, which ensures it won’t be gummy. Letting the water soak into the rice a little bit also helps the rice cook more evenly. You won’t end up with dry areas. To wash the rice, put it in a very fine mesh strainer. Run cold water over the rice until the water runs clear. Let the rice sit for 5-10 minutes before cooking.

What Kind of Rice Should I Use?

Most recipes, unless otherwise stated, use basic, long-grain white rice. That is the type of rice we used in all the recipes below. Most white rice will cook in the same way as long grain rice, but brown rice needs much longer to cook.

How to Cook Rice on the Stove Top

Use a 1:2 ratio of rice to water (ex. 1 cup rice, 2 cups water). Put uncooked rice in a fine mesh strainer. Run under cold water until the water coming out the bottom runs clear. Let the wet rice sit for 5-10 minutes. Bring water to a boil in a large pot with a lid. Add the rice and stir. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 18 minutes, or until rice is tender. Lift the lid and fluff with a fork.

How to Cook Rice in a Rice Cooker

Use a 1:1 ratio of rice to water (ex. 1 cup rice, 1 cup water). Put uncooked rice in a fine mesh strainer. Run under cold water until the water coming out the bottom runs clear. Let the wet rice sit for 5-10 minutes. Add rice and water to the rice cooker and stir. Close the lid and press the white rice button. When the timer goes off, lift the lid and fluff with a fork.

Oven Method

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Place 3 cups uncooked rice in a 9×13 pan (lightly sprayed with cooking spray), spread evenly. Set aside. In a large stock-pot, combine 5 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring to a rolling boil. CAREFULLY pour boiling water over rice and stir so rice is even along the bottom. Immediately cover tightly with aluminum foil. Make sure you have a tight seal around ALL the edges. Place pan in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender. Fluff with a large wooden spoon & serve. Note: If you want to wait to serve, just keep in the oven at 150 degrees or so or keep warm in an electric warming pan. Add a little water if necessary to keep from drying out.

What to Serve with Rice

Now that you have a solid foundation and you know how to cook rice, what are you going to put on top? Try one of our favorite recipes!

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  • How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way
  • General Tso’s Chicken
  • Instant Pot Gumbo
  • Hawaiian Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

There are so many ways to have delicious seasoned brown rice. Learn how to season brown rice quickly and easily.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

How to season brown rice

Brown rice is so good for you, but often people tend to stick with the white rice. In fact… we have been guilty of it too.

Forget the boxed rices (unless you get them for cheap $.50 a box) – buy the brown rice in the bags and cook it from scratch. It is CHEAPER and it is actually healthier for you.

Once you you learn how delicious seasoned brown rice is, you will love it!

The entire family will enjoy rice with so many tasty and delicious flavoring options.

How to season instant brown rice:

You can use instant rice or regular rice. Another time saving tip is to learn how to freeze rice so you can have it ready in minutes.

Does brown rice taste good?

Ok… back to my original point of writing. Brown rice can be a bit boring especially if you eat it as often as my family.

What can you add to brown rice to make it taste better?

However, with just an extra ingredient… or two your rice can really come to life!

How to Season Brown Rice:

  1. Add in Garlic salt (This is our all time favorite!) – So easy and really bumps up the flavor.
  2. Add in a bouillon cube or granules when you cook the rice for extra flavor.
  3. Mix in some salsa and some cumin for a tex-mex taste.
  4. Add an egg and fry it for a healthier fried rice.
  5. Add butter and lots of pepper – our neighbors make this pepper rice and it is GOOD!
  6. Mix some black beans with it (another family favorite)
  7. Mix in some pico or just plain chopped tomatoes and cilantro.
  8. A Dash of Soy sauce (don’t use too much)
  9. a Dash of Tabasco sauce or Taco sauce mixed in is good.
  10. Sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese. This is an odd combination but very good.
  11. Mix in some cheddar cheese for cheesy rice (not healthy but still good)
  12. After it is cooked sprinkle with apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar for a slightly sweet taste.
  13. Add ground beef and make it a one pot meal.
  14. Mix in Sliced Sausage for another easy one pot meal.
  15. Mix in some cilantro and a splash of lime juice for a very fresh tasting rice.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Save money and save your health by sticking with brown rice and trying brown rice add ins.

As you can see you can season rice with almost anything. After you start eating it regularly, you will actually find yourself preferring brown rice over white.

What to season brown rice with?

With so many wonderful options, you will love to season brown rice. Dinner will be so delicious and easy!

What is a good spice for rice?

As you can see from the list above, there are lots of great spices to use. Depending on what mood you are in, you can use a variety of different spices.

Garlic is one of our favorites and so easy. We are always trying new things.

You can also try cayenne pepper, black pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and more for the perfect side dish.

The cooked rice is tender and tasty. It is so simple to cook amazing flavor packed rice.

Just bring to a boil, reduce heat and you will see how easy it is to cook brown rice. Try 1/2 cup serving and see how much your family loves this easy side dish.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

How to season brown rice Mexican?

We like to use cumin or salsa for rice with a Mexican flare.

How to make brown rice taste like white rice?

If you try these various seasonings, the rice really becomes hearty and flavorful. Once it is seasoned, even those that are fans of white rice will love it!

Healthy food doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and it definitely doesn’t have to taste bland either with tasty brown rice seasoning!

Try some of these options for not only a healthy side dish idea but a really flavorful side dish as well. Even your kids will eat brown rice when you cook it this way.

Sometimes, I even cook extra for leftovers or quick lunches. It is easy to portion into containers and eat for quick meals or side dish ideas.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Brown Rice Cooking – How to easily cook brown rice:

There are several easy ways to cook brown rice from in the microwave, to on the stove top, and in the rice cooker. To be honest… my favorite way to cook brown rice is in the crock pot.

Crock pot rice is so easy to make and I love how I can just set it and forget it. 🙂

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Cooked brown rice recipes:

I thought now that you have this tasty and frugal side dish I thought I would show you what to cook with rice. Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Add some rice and you have such an easy and fabulous meal. Plus, with so many wonderful ways to season brown rice, the entire family will love this easy side dish.

Rice does not have to be boring when you try these seasoning ideas. Not only is it frugal and easy to fix but absolutely delicious and tasty!

Your kids will never talk about rice being boring again once they try these tasty seasoning add ons. Let us know which one is your favorite!

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

We all love to save money and time. Try some of these other fabulous ideas.

Brown rice, while a healthier alternative to white rice, is not a fan favorite of many, simply because people do not like the way it tastes. Brown rice has a high-fiber coating, which makes it taste more grainer and tougher than regular white rice.

Brown rice can taste really good, if it is done properly and simple adjustments to the way you cook it can have it tasting yummy and delicious.

Chicken Stock or Vegetable Broth

The main thing that turns people off from brown rice is the fact that it doesn’t have much flavor and downright taste blah! To give the brown rice a nice taste, you can add chicken stock or vegetable broth when you are steaming the rice. This really enhances the flavor and you will be surprised how this one change in the way you cook it can have significant taste results. Once you test it out and you like it, I guarantee the old way of cooking brown rice will become a thing of the past.

Try Some Butter

A simple method to make brown rice taste good is by stirring in some butter into the rice as you cook it or before you serve it. The rice will have a very nice buttery flavor to it and something this simple can go a long way in making brown rice taste good. It might not be the healthiest option, but play around with it and see if the results are up to your liking.

Spice it up

You should head to your spice rack if you want to give your brown rice a more flavorful taste. It is good to add a bit of salt, but you can experiment with other spices such as parsley, basil, cilantro, turmeric, cumin, etc. It is best to research what combinations will go great with the rice, but best believe that the results will be magical.

Try Chopped Veggies

Another way to make your brown rice taste really good is by throwing in some chopped vegetables into it while it boils. You can add anything from onions, ginger, garlic, carrots, corn, broccoli and anything else you can think of. Just chop them up and throw them into the water that the rice is boiling in. You will be surprised at how delicious this will taste and it is good to experiment as you perfect your brown rice cooking skills.

Add Beans or Peas

If you enjoy beans or peas, you can also throw them into the brown rice while it is cooking and this will also give it a nice flavor and taste. You can either use the peas or beans that are in the can or you can use fresh ones. If you are using the fresh ones, please remember to soak them ahead of time, so they will be a bit softer and palatable. Once you are ready to cook your brown rice, you can throw it in there for a very tasty variation.

Get Creative

If you are a pro around the kitchen, you can experiment with other ingredients to give your brown rice that oomph that you are looking for. People have used all types of ingredients from honey, cayenne pepper, seaweed, raisins and so much more.

Brown rice doesn’t have to be boring and bland, once you step out of the box and try something different.

There are so many ways to have delicious seasoned brown rice. Learn how to season brown rice quickly and easily.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

How to season brown rice

Brown rice is so good for you, but often people tend to stick with the white rice. In fact… we have been guilty of it too.

Forget the boxed rices (unless you get them for cheap $.50 a box) – buy the brown rice in the bags and cook it from scratch. It is CHEAPER and it is actually healthier for you.

Once you you learn how delicious seasoned brown rice is, you will love it!

The entire family will enjoy rice with so many tasty and delicious flavoring options.

How to season instant brown rice:

You can use instant rice or regular rice. Another time saving tip is to learn how to freeze rice so you can have it ready in minutes.

Does brown rice taste good?

Ok… back to my original point of writing. Brown rice can be a bit boring especially if you eat it as often as my family.

What can you add to brown rice to make it taste better?

However, with just an extra ingredient… or two your rice can really come to life!

How to Season Brown Rice:

  1. Add in Garlic salt (This is our all time favorite!) – So easy and really bumps up the flavor.
  2. Add in a bouillon cube or granules when you cook the rice for extra flavor.
  3. Mix in some salsa and some cumin for a tex-mex taste.
  4. Add an egg and fry it for a healthier fried rice.
  5. Add butter and lots of pepper – our neighbors make this pepper rice and it is GOOD!
  6. Mix some black beans with it (another family favorite)
  7. Mix in some pico or just plain chopped tomatoes and cilantro.
  8. A Dash of Soy sauce (don’t use too much)
  9. a Dash of Tabasco sauce or Taco sauce mixed in is good.
  10. Sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese. This is an odd combination but very good.
  11. Mix in some cheddar cheese for cheesy rice (not healthy but still good)
  12. After it is cooked sprinkle with apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar for a slightly sweet taste.
  13. Add ground beef and make it a one pot meal.
  14. Mix in Sliced Sausage for another easy one pot meal.
  15. Mix in some cilantro and a splash of lime juice for a very fresh tasting rice.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Save money and save your health by sticking with brown rice and trying brown rice add ins.

As you can see you can season rice with almost anything. After you start eating it regularly, you will actually find yourself preferring brown rice over white.

What to season brown rice with?

With so many wonderful options, you will love to season brown rice. Dinner will be so delicious and easy!

What is a good spice for rice?

As you can see from the list above, there are lots of great spices to use. Depending on what mood you are in, you can use a variety of different spices.

Garlic is one of our favorites and so easy. We are always trying new things.

You can also try cayenne pepper, black pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and more for the perfect side dish.

The cooked rice is tender and tasty. It is so simple to cook amazing flavor packed rice.

Just bring to a boil, reduce heat and you will see how easy it is to cook brown rice. Try 1/2 cup serving and see how much your family loves this easy side dish.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

How to season brown rice Mexican?

We like to use cumin or salsa for rice with a Mexican flare.

How to make brown rice taste like white rice?

If you try these various seasonings, the rice really becomes hearty and flavorful. Once it is seasoned, even those that are fans of white rice will love it!

Healthy food doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and it definitely doesn’t have to taste bland either with tasty brown rice seasoning!

Try some of these options for not only a healthy side dish idea but a really flavorful side dish as well. Even your kids will eat brown rice when you cook it this way.

Sometimes, I even cook extra for leftovers or quick lunches. It is easy to portion into containers and eat for quick meals or side dish ideas.

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Brown Rice Cooking – How to easily cook brown rice:

There are several easy ways to cook brown rice from in the microwave, to on the stove top, and in the rice cooker. To be honest… my favorite way to cook brown rice is in the crock pot.

Crock pot rice is so easy to make and I love how I can just set it and forget it. 🙂

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

Cooked brown rice recipes:

I thought now that you have this tasty and frugal side dish I thought I would show you what to cook with rice. Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Add some rice and you have such an easy and fabulous meal. Plus, with so many wonderful ways to season brown rice, the entire family will love this easy side dish.

Rice does not have to be boring when you try these seasoning ideas. Not only is it frugal and easy to fix but absolutely delicious and tasty!

Your kids will never talk about rice being boring again once they try these tasty seasoning add ons. Let us know which one is your favorite!

How to cook brown rice in a more efficient way

We all love to save money and time. Try some of these other fabulous ideas.