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How to Cook Brown Rice in a Rice Cooker

Because brown rice is much higher in fiber than white rice, you can't simply follow the "white rice" instructions on the rice cooker or the rice will not come out tough, not tender. 

  • Rinse and drain 2 cups of brown rice.
  • Put it in the rice cooker.  Instead of filling the cooker with water to the "2 cup" mark, fill it to the "3 cup" mark in your rice cooker.  That usually means 3 cups of water for the 2 cups of brown rice. 
  • Add a Ĺ teaspoon of sea salt.
  • Turn cooker on.

One of our viewers, Pat Cooks, calculated various amounts for us.
1cup of rice + 1.5cups of water
2 cups of rice + 3cups of water
3 cups of rice + 4.5cups of water
(thanks Pat!)
Most rice cookers have a non-stick liner where the rice is cooked. 
Miracle Stainless Steel Rice Cookers have a stainless steel liner (instead of questionable non-stick materials) which I prefer.  This brand can be found at The Cookus Store.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Makes ~ 6 cups of rice



Elise Hass
Great videos and mouthwatering good food...what's not to love...many thanks to you all!
August 14, 2008, 7:58 am

Judy Wood
Brown Rice is the bomb! And Jane plays WOW!!
February 7, 2009, 10:46 am

Tammy Gifford
Great video! Cheat sheet! LOL But HOW much RICE???
September 5, 2009, 3:53 pm

Tammy Gifford
Oh, nevermind, I rewatched the video. I dont measure my rice like that since I use Jasmine Rice and it measures out the same as Brown. Gotcha!
September 5, 2009, 3:55 pm

Morgan Herris
Some rice cookers have a brown rice cooking mode so you don't have to make adjustments and constantly monitor it.
January 20, 2010, 4:38 am

Cynthia Lair
Good tip Morgan. Thank you.
January 20, 2010, 8:38 am

marlene cruz
Thanks for the info! I was just wondering where to get a rice cooker just what I saw in the video. I'm interested to get one because I like things made from stainless steel and not the teflon type. I'm from Canada BC. Thanks. Marlene
February 20, 2010, 8:39 am

Cynthia Lair
Hi Marlene, Hereís a link to what we used. It's in our online Amazon store. Links to this product are also in the recipe above.
February 20, 2010, 8:50 am

Jira Robles
I love your site! Have you got any information on germinating brown rice?
April 9, 2010, 9:12 am

Cynthia Lair
Jira, If you google germinated brown rice there are lots of sites that explain how to do it. Some nutritionists feel that soaking and sprouting grains make them more digestible, more nutritious.
April 9, 2010, 9:35 am

Gloria Vargas
I have KRUPS Rice cooker and it has three modes Rice Cooking, Slow Cooking and Steam Cooking. I was not sure which one to select for Brown rice so I selected Steam Cooking for 45 minutes. This is the first time cooking bronw rice in a Rice cooker. I think I selected the wrong mode. Please help, should have I selected Rice Cooking instead of the Steam cooking? Thank you!
August 12, 2010, 2:40 pm

Cynthia Lair
Hi Gloria, I have never used a KRUPS cooker so I canít give you any definitive answers. I would definitely try the Rice Cooking mode. The only difference between brown rice and white rice is that you sometimes need a little more water with the brown rice (because it has more fiber).
August 13, 2010, 8:35 am

Dan Bug
Just in case you're wondering, the amount of water seems to be cups of rice, divided by 2, times 3. So, 3 cups divided by two is 1.5. 1.5 X 3 is 4.5. So you can figure it out like that.
August 17, 2010, 7:50 am

Casey Bailey
Dan - You are correct. You can also just multiply the amount of rice by 1.5 to get the same amount (the amount of water needed).
September 10, 2010, 4:20 pm

Cynthia Lair
Thank you Dan and Casey for making the math simpler. I'll change the recipe to match!
September 12, 2010, 8:15 am

Luisa Siepi
My Miracle rice cooker just arrived and I cooked wheat berries in it. Besides this and rice, what other whole grains would work?
September 18, 2010, 5:08 pm

Cynthia Lair
Luisa, millet, barley, steel cut oats, farro should all do well in the rice cooker. You may need to find just the right water/grain ratio so have patience.
September 19, 2010, 10:08 am

Chita Ornopia
I had been searching the kind of rice clicker I need to purchase. I had the Tiger brand but the rice lasts for only like 5 hours & seems soiled right away. I am interested of the jorushi brand but too expensive. Can you help me?
September 23, 2012, 7:54 am

Cynthia Lair
Hi Chita, If you look at the recipe under the video you'll see a picture of a rice cooker and a link to the Miracle Rice Cooker. It is the brand I use. Regardless, I find that rice from a rice cooker needs to be eaten right away. It seems to dry out faster than rice that has been cooked on the stove.
September 23, 2012, 9:24 am

Jim Burrell
Than ks for your tips on cooking brown rice in a rice cooker. Turned out great!! Just so you know, you are incredibly HOT!! Marry me!! A HOT woman who can cook....
July 23, 2013, 11:42 am

michele Salami
haha, you're friggin' hilarious! thanks for the great recipes! keep it up! :)
September 4, 2013, 11:26 am

Janet Win
OK--that girl is funny! She could have her own TV show.
October 19, 2013, 6:14 am

Joe Smilker
Horrible video, she doesn't even know what she is doing, very annoying girl, waste of 2 and a half minutes.
October 23, 2013, 3:27 pm

Recently cut out rice and grains completely. End up carrying too much water weight. Recommend it to anyone. Jake
November 16, 2013, 8:35 pm

Marilyn BM Horne
Brown rice. Go to package directions for amount of water pet cup of brown rice. Use the rice cooker cups and then use same cups to measure water just as package instructions say. My rice came out great. All rice is different and package directions are the way to go using the small cups that come with rice cooker. I make quinoa that way too.
August 8, 2014, 12:15 am

Falsh McSeel
Very nice and simple. You are the first who wrote this recipe that I can understand :-) Now I can do it very fast for my family in Redmond 4502 multicooker! Thank you so much!
December 21, 2014, 2:27 am

Corey Keisler
You are hilarious. I think I'm in love. :)
January 15, 2015, 7:11 pm

Sylvia Sprague
My rice was still hard!!!
June 24, 2015, 7:40 pm

B Mars
Slyvia, I'm thinking you got the settings just a bit off. There's some rice cooker instructions over on if you'd like to take a look. That might help.
August 6, 2015, 3:26 pm

Jay Edgar
OK, I found this page on a google search. I watched a few more of your videos, cuz the first one was, well, a little odd. Then I figured out what you folks are doing. Can I say genius? Can I say fun? Can I say I wanna party with you all?
February 23, 2016, 4:39 pm

cynthia lair
Jay,We definitely want to party with you.
February 24, 2016, 9:56 am

Joy Bittner
i was wondering if you could give me any instructions on how to adapt this for high altitude. thanks
April 5, 2016, 11:00 am

Jeanne Hardy
Just saw your brown rice in rice cooker video. Were you using USA cups or those smaller cups that come with the rice cooker? I need to end up with 6 cups of cooked brown rice, so should I use 2 USA standard measure cups of rice and 3 standard measure cups of water and ignore the lines on the cooker?
March 13, 2017, 10:50 am

Jason Mc Atee
Oh my Goodness, Woman! You are H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. ∑Didn't know I was also a Scientist!∑ & ∑Ladies and Germs∑. Not only informative, but entertaining - I needed that! Thank You, Dear!
July 16, 2017, 8:08 pm

Maura Larkins
I disagree with Pat's calculations for cooking 1 cup of rice. Normally, a smaller amount of grain needs an upward adjustment in the proportion of water. (Think oatmeal.) Here's a recommendation I found: Brown, long grain - 2 1/4 cups of water per 1 cup of rice (520 mL water per 240 mL rice)
August 1, 2017, 6:52 pm

Sean L
Can we omit the salt?
August 23, 2017, 9:33 pm

Cynthia Lair
Hey Sean, Of course you can omit salt. But it's important to know what the salt does! It helps the grain open up and brings out the sweetened of the grain. Without salt, whole grains can taste pretty flat.
August 29, 2017, 4:47 pm

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