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How to cook brown rice in the microwave

Microwaving brown rice: You can use any type of brown rice, including brown basmati rice, brown long grain rice or brown short grain rice. However, brown SHORT grain rice (sushi rice), may take an additional 3-4 minutes cooking time. That's because short grain rice is fatter than skinny basmati rice. 
NOTE: This recipe is for raw brown rice, not "quick-cook" or "minute" brown rice which is already par-boiled. 
4.39 from 18 votes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 171 kcal


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 3 cups water


  • Wash rice, rinse, drain. Add rice and water to very large microwave safe bowl. Microwave uncovered at 100% power for 10 minutes. Reduce power to 50%, cover the bowl, and microwave another 20 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve.


Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 1gCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.9mg
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