Brown rice, The best​ way to cook and prepare it.

In this post, you’ll find my method for cooking brown rice and a simple tip that makes everybody love it.

Brown rice in a bowl

This is the most delicious way I’ve found to make brown rice, so everyone at home likes it. You can use this way of preparing it not only with brown rice but also with whole-grain Basmati and brown Jasmine rice, or other types of grains. Both Basmati and Jasmin rice are a little bit more aromatic and flavorful than the regular long-grain brown rice.

two hand holding uncooked rice

I love to use brown rice because it has a lot of benefits. Some of the brown rice’s benefits are: more fiber, more minerals, and our body take longer to digest it, so it promotes a sense of fullness.

It has so many more benefits that it is worth giving it a try. Don’t you think?

a pot of freshly cooked rice

But I don’t know if you have heard that brown rice has been given a bad reputation. Some people say it is too harsh to eat and that it comes out sticky. In my experience, it turns out really good.

When I started serving it at home I always prepared it in a different way than I did with the regular white rice. I did not hide it from my kids or tried to replace it from the typical white rice. In all of these years, I ‘ve got the experience that it is better to offer a new dish instead of trying to substitute one thing for another.

For example, when I introduced brown rice to my kids I used this recipe. I told my kids that it was a new rice recipe cooked with lemon and herbs. They all loved it!

This rice with lemon or lime zest fresh and dried herbs can be served with a Mediterranean salad, chickpeas or falafel, and a tahini sauce. Yummmmm!

lemon zest and herbs on top of rice

How to cook brown rice

  • Brown rice is straightforward to make, but it requires a bit of training to know exactly when the rice is perfect.
  • I like to rinse the rice for 30 seconds under cold water before adding it to the pot, but it is not necessary.
  • And I use 1:2 ration for cooking it—one cup of rice per two cups of water.
  • I cook it over low heat, and I do not sautée or fry it before. You can tell that the way I cook my rice is kind of bland. But preparing it this way will give you a white canvas to flavor it as you like further on.
  • This way of cooking rice will help you to batch cook. I make two or three cups of rice so I can have leftovers. This way I can freeze some and save some more in the fridge for future use.
  • I have tried making this recipe with other herbs, and I can tell you it turns out delicious. Fresh and dried herbs are lovely to use. They are super flavorful and have amazing benefits. I love using all kinds of herbs!
  • Here are other recipes and ideas on how you can prepare your brown rice:
brown rice in a dark bowl

Here is the recipe for

Brown RICE

How to cook it and how to dress it with dill and lemon. I hope you like it as much as we do, and if you do, please share the recipe and my blog! I love seeing your creations on Instagram and Facebook. You can save it for later on Pinterest. Would love it if you leave a comment and/or rate the recipe.

How to Make Brown Rice

How to make brown rice so that everyone likes it

This method for cooking and preparing brown rice is the best way I’ve found to make the whole family like it. It is fresh, full of flavor and texture.
5 de 4 votos
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
resting time 5 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Healthy plant based food
Servings 8 people
Calories 202 kcal


  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 4 cups of water

To serve.

  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 / 2 lemon the juice
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon of dill dried or 1 tablespoon if using fresh
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt


  • Add the rice and water to a pot and cover. Bring to a boil over low heat for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off when very few liquid is left, let it sit covered for about 5 minutes.

To garnish

  • Add olive oil, lemon juice, dill, zest, and salt.
  • Fluff with a fork with care not to beat it, the idea is to separate it and fluff it. Try and adjust the flavor if necessary. You can leave the rice as it is without dressing. You can put only the lemon and salt, only the oil, etc.


Prepare it as you like it. When I make the rice, I always use a silicone lid to protect the stove from spills.


Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSodium: 300mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.7mg
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5 stars
So easy and delicious, I usually like mine with lemon and cilantro, I should try dill.

Vanessa Mota

5 stars
There are so many options for this! Love it.


5 stars
This is such a perfect recipe because I can see it going with anything. Especially great with rice bowls!

Enriqueta E Lemoine

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My kind of recipe… you know… I’m a rice person!