No-Fail Brown Rice (Without a Rice Cooker)

I always love the idea of eating rice and feeling healthy about it . But when it came to actually cooking it, there was always one little problem. I could never get it right. We'd sit down to eat and it would be too watery. Or too crunchy. Or too something. Michael kindly suggested we get a rice cooker to solve the cooking qualms.

But I tried one last-ditch effort...which worked! I went to our trusty pal Google (well, actually Swagbucks), and typed in "no-fail rice recipe." And the recipe that popped up really lived up to its name. The secret is that you bake this rice. Word of warning, you bake it for about an hour, so you have to be able to plan sufficiently ahead. But it's worth it. The rice is perfectly fluffy without being sticky or soggy.

See for yourself:

No-Fail Brown Rice
3/4 cups brown rice
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 T unsalted butter
1/2 t kosher salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place rice in an 8-inch square glass baking dish.
In a covered saucepan, bring water, butter and salt just to a boil. Pour over rice and stir to combine. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. (Serves 2.)

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  1. I've done this technique before and it does work.

    most of the time i boil my rice as if i'm making pasta.
    this way you can taste test the whole way through.
    once its perfect to your taste you drain the water.

    love your advice, tips, and reviews!

  2. Oh, I haven't tried boiling the rice like pasta. That's another tactic I'll have to try, too. This is one of the things I love about blogging, getting to learn all kinds of new tricks and techniques. Thanks for sharing, and for the kind, kind words!!

  3. You've never boiled rice?? How would you normally cook it?? (very curious!)

    I'm tempted to try this baking method to see the difference :)

    And if you boil, remember to wash the rice first :)

  4. Haha, I guess I totally mispoke. Boiling it on the stovetop was the way I did it before baking, but I could never get it right. I guess the "like pasta" part threw me off for some reason. (Blame it on all the traveling I've been doing lately!)


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