The Brown Rice Solution

I really like brown rice, which is nice because they tell me brown rice is pretty good for me, what with all the fiber and all.  The problem has always been that I cannot cook brown rice.  Maybe it’s because my pots suck (possible), maybe it’s because I’m stupid (probable), but every batch of brown rice I have made on the stove top has been unpleasantly sticky and gross. 

Alton Brown has provided the answer to my brown rice troubles.  Bake it! 

I know!  Who would have thought?!

This recipe has never not worked for me.  It creates perfect fluffy brown rice every single time. 

Here’s what you need:

1 1/2 cups brown rice (this recipe works for all the brown rice varieties)
2 1/2 cups water (you should have this available in your tap)
1 tablespoon of butter (for added deliciousness)
1 teaspoon of salt (for increased enjoyment)

Here’s what you do:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (pretty easy)
Place rice in 8-inch square glass baking dish (no prob)

Bring the water, butter and salt to a boil. (Easy)  Once the water boils, pour it over the rice and stir to combine.  (Don’t burn yourself!)  Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.  (This is kind of tricky with the pan all filled with hot water, but you can do it.)  Bake on the middle rack for one hour.

After one hour fluff your perfect delicious rice.  Eat.

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3 Responses to “The Brown Rice Solution”


  1. 1 Jennifer November 9, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    We bought a cheap ass rice cooker at Target, which I thought of as one of those incredibly useless appliance things no one should have, but OH MY GOSH. Perfection. Every time. Set it up and leave it and forget about it. One night while sitting around (with a few drinks) with friends someone said “the person who created the rice cooker should win the nobel prize.” Not exactly sure what that meant 100% but we all agreed. ;)

  2. 2 miriam November 10, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Morinaga makes these lovely bags of nukable brown and Japanese sticky-style white rice. Yummy!

    I know it’s a cop-out, and you can freeze rice you cooked yourself to nuke later too, but it’s just sooooo easy!

  3. 3 Heather B. November 11, 2007 at 12:22 am

    Alton Brown rules all. Always listen to Uncle Alton.


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