Review: Trader Joe’s Quick Cooking Brown Rice

One of my most popular posts on this site is How to Cook White Rice in the Microwave. It’s a real time-saver and I kept getting requests about brown rice. So I just recently tested and posted that!

Check out How to Cook Brown Rice in the Microwave (it takes only 30 minutes!)

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And since that was so successful, I wanted to try and cut down the time EVEN FURTHER. I found this “Quick Cooking” brown rice at Trader Joe’s recently and wanted to see if I could cut even more time off the microwave time.

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The best part: it’s totally do-able in less than 15 minutes!! So here’s a quick video to show you how to do it and what the results are. A healthy dinner just got so much faster!

Product Review: Trader Joe’s Quick Cooking Brown Rice Video


Quick Cooking Brown Rice in the Microwave

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 1 minute Cook Time: 10 minutes
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1 cup Trader Joe's quick cooking brown rice
2-1/2 cups water


Add ingredients to a microwave safe bowl with a microwave safe cover. Microwave on high for 10-12 minutes or until rice has absorbed most of the water. Allow to rest for 3-5 minutes. Fluff with a fork a serve.

Comments 8

  1. SanClementepeople

    Tasted like pond scum. I wrote TJ’s to let them know that the batch we bought should be taken off the shelves.

  2. LAfutsolmom

    I made a chicken & rice casserole with the rice and the rice ruined the dish. It tasted rancid and I will be taking it back to T.J.’s & getting my money back.

  3. Gsb2820

    I have good luck with cooking in the microwave rice cooker for 8 min on high, then 5 min at 50%. Then let sit for 5 min. I usually only make 1/2 cup rice and 1-1/2 cup water – just enough for my husband and me.

  4. May Chone

    I also tried this brown rice from trader joe’s but I didn’t see that it was a quick cooking rice and I cooked it the normal way with boiling water for 20 min so maybe that is why it turned out AWFUL. My kids and I hated the taste of it.

  5. Emma

    I add another voice of dissent to the tastiness of this product. I tried it and was very disappointed. I have had the Uncle Ben’s quick cooking brown rice (not instant) and found it much more palatable than this. I would say that if you are a TJs and want delicious, quick cooking brown rice, go to the freezer section and get yourself the frozen brown rice. That cooks up a treat in the microwave and is not as odd tasting as this product.

  6. kevin

    i find this rice, well, awful; i tastes moldly. i’ve tried cooking in different liquids, but it
    always comes out the same — yuk! i’d take it back, but why bother as there’s probably a billion pounds of it out there and they will sell it until it’s all gone.

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