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.

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Comments 10

  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.

  7. Mark Harris

    I boil the water in the kettle before adding it to the rice, and it cooks about 5 minutes faster!

    Also, if you boil the water, add it to the bowl, cover, and just leave it for the day- 6-8 hours, it will have absorbed, and you can just heat it, or fry it if you want it warm. Cheers!

  8. Barbara Spillane

    Just tried this Trader Joe’s quick cook brown rice tonight and it was completely tasteless and soggy. No oomph. Will not buy again.

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