Get ready to learn how to cook brown jasmine rice in a rice cooker so it comes out perfectly fluffy and delicious! In this guide, you'll find all the tips you need, from water ratio to cooking time and nutritional facts.
Brown jasmine is the healthy, whole-grain version of white jasmine rice. It's actually the same grain, only it still has its outer bran layer. This means it has more nutrients, (you'll find more on that in the nutrition section). It also has a stronger flavor.
The bulk bins of your local grocery store are a great place to look for brown jasmine rice. In fact, at my local grocery store I can only buy it in the bulk bins, it's not offered on the shelf.
Using a rice cooker to cook brown jasmine rice is a great idea! I especially love that it's pretty much impossible to burn rice when using a rice cooker. (This can be a problem when cooking rice on the stove).
Let's get to it!
You only need two ingredients for this recipe:
- brown jasmine rice
Some people like to add salt to the rice cooker too. I prefer to add salt to taste after cooking.
You'll also need a rice cooker. There are a lot of fabulous fancy rice cookers on the market, but honestly, I've been using a super cheap model since college (like 15+ years), and it's still going strong. You don't need a fancy rice cooker to make delicious rice.
Start by rinsing your rice under cool water. This removes any starch that has built up in storage.
Add 1 cup of rice, and 1 and ½ cups of water into your rice cooker.
Place the lid on the rice cooker and press the turn it on. If your rice cooker has different settings, turn it to the brown rice setting.
Once your rice cooker alerts you that it is done, remove the lid carefully, watching out for steam. Your rice is ready to be enjoyed!
There are several ways you can add a little extra flavor to your brown jasmine rice when cooking.
- Broth - instead of water, you can use any type of broth to add more flavor.
- Spices - you can add a bit of spice, such as garlic or cumin, to the rice cooker at the beginning as well.
- Salt, Pepper, and Butter: Once your jasmine rice is done cooking, adding a tablespoon of butter and a little salt and pepper makes it taste AMAZING!
Any leftover rice should be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. The longer it is stored, the more dried out the grains will become, so I recommend reusing them as soon as possible.
The simplest way to reheat your rice is in the microwave. You'll want to use a microwave-safe container that has a lid. Add the rice and break up any large chunks of rice with a fork. Add a few sprinkles of water to help create steam and rehydrate the grains.
Cover the container and microwave for 1 minute. Remove the lid, (watch out for steam) and test the grains. If they are still cold or dry repeat until you're satisfied.
The following nutrition label is for ½ cup of cooked brown jasmine rice.
One of the biggest reasons to eat brown jasmine rice is because of the amount of dietary fiber it provides. A diet high in dietary fiber can lead to weight loss because it helps you feel full faster and longer, which helps prevent overeating. It also prevents constipation, aka tummy troubles, and helps lower the risk of heart disease.
In addition to having lots of fiber, brown jasmine rice is remarkable because it is packed with phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are great at improving your immune system and overall health.
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You really don't need a fancy rice cooker to make delicious and perfect brown jasmine rice. In fact, I've been using the most basic model for the last 15 years and it's still rockin'!
Just in case you are in the market for a new rice cooker, here is my favorite, as well as some highly recommended models from around the web.
If you don't have a fine mesh strainer I highly recommend getting a metal one. They are great for rinsing small grains, like rice and quinoa, because they can't fall through the mesh. The metal mesh strainers are a lot more durable than plastic or fabric ones. I've had holes rip in the plastic ones before.
The ratio is 1 part brown jasmine rice to 1.5 part water.
Yes! Brown jasmine rice is healthy! It is considered healthier than white jasmine rice because it still has its outer bran layer on, which makes it a whole grain. Whole grains are usually higher in fiber and protein than their more processed counterparts. For specific information on the nutritional properties of brown jasmine rice, check out the "nutrition" section of this post.
Also, remember that a healthy diet includes a variety of ingredients, eaten in moderation.
It takes about 30 minutes for 1 cup of brown jasmine rice to cook in a rice cooker.
Looking for more ways to cook brown jasmine rice? Try these:
These are my favorite dishes to serve with brown jasmine rice:
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How to Cook Brown Jasmine Rice in a Rice Cooker
- 1 cup brown jasmine rice
- 1 ½ cups water
- Add 1 cup of rice, and 1 and ½ cups of water into your rice cooker.
- Place the lid on the rice cooker and press the turn it on. If your rice cooker has different settings, turn it to the brown rice setting.
- Once your rice cooker alerts you that it is done, remove the lid carefully, watching out for steam. Your rice is ready to be enjoyed!