Cooking brown rice in an Instant Pot makes perfectly cooked brown rice every time.
Brown rice has become a staple in our house, but that hasn’t always been the case. Cooking brown rice was always hit or miss- sometimes undercooked and crunchy and sometimes overcooked and mushy. It wasn’t until we perfected the recipe that it became a regular on our weekly meal prep plan.
Why Brown Rice?
When you compare brown vs. white rice, brown rice is superior for nutrient density and healthy benefits. Only the outermost layer, the hull, is removed to produce what we call brown rice. This process is the least damaging to the nutritional value of the rice and avoids the unnecessary loss of nutrients that occurs with further processing. If brown rice is further milled to remove the bran and most of the germ layer, the result is a whiter rice, but also a rice that has lost many more nutrients. (Source)
Health Benefits of Brown Rice
- good source of fiber
- rich in selenium
- helps lower cholesterol
- benefits cardiovascular health
- source of antioxidants
- helps protect against heart disease
- helps lower Type 2 diabetes risk
- rich in magnesium
Brown rice is also one of the most versatile foods you can cook and it’s perfect for batch cooking and weekly meal prep.
Brown rice is a delicious base for some of our favorite dishes- stir fries, buddha bowls, veggie scrambles, hearty grain salads, and veggie sushi rolls. It can also be added to soup and chili to give the dish a bump in nutrients and calories. It’s a convenient side dish and a nutritius yummy afternoon snack when combined with protein and a healthy fat.
Try brown rice with a scrambled egg, avocado and a few dashes of hot sauce and you’ll see what I mean by a yummy afternoon snack.
Honestly, healthier or not, I love the slight nutty flavor of brown rice. I would choose it over white rice even if it wasn’t healthier.
So, do you want to know how I cook perfect brown rice? Every. Single. Time.
- use vegetable broth [instead of water]
- cook it in an Instant Pot
The cooked rice is slightly sticky and grains are distinct and tender, without being too soft. Using vegetable broth gives the rice a hint of flavor making it good enough to eat alone.
Cooking brown rice in an Instant Pot makes perfectly cooked brown rice every time. Recipe inspired by Instant Pot Electric Cooker Recipes. Gluten Free | Vegan | Whole Grain
- 2 cups brown rice
- 2.5 cups vegetable broth
- Combine rice and veggie broth in an Instant Pot.
- Click Manual and set for 22 minutes.
- When cooking time has elapsed, use the 10 minute Natural Release.
- Then press [Cancel} and twist the steam release handle on the lid to "Venting" position.
Sharing the joy and convenience of an Instant Pot cooking is for another time, another post. For now, enjoy the best kitchen hack ever for making tasty brown rice.
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