How to Steam Brown Rice in a Rice Steamer

by Amanda Davis

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Brown rice is a high-fiber whole grain food that is simple to prepare and complements many dishes. Rice steamers are small countertop appliances designed specifically for cooking rice. A few easy steps lead to perfectly prepared rice every time. Rice steamers may vary slightly with recommended water-to-rice ratios and cooking times, thus it is important to read the user's manual for your specific version before use.

Measure 1 cup of dry brown rice using a measuring cup. Place this rice into a jar.

Measure 2 cups of water in the measuring cup and pour on top of the rice. Place the lid on the jar and all the rice to soak for at least 8 hours. Soaking the rice releases important enzymes and makes the rice more easily digestible.

Remove soaked rice from the jar and drain in a colander. Place drained rice and 2 cups of water into your rice steamer. Set rice cooker according to the individual directions included in the user's manual. Cooking time may vary with each steamer, but brown rice is generally ready in 60 to 65 minutes.

Remove lid from the steamer and fluff rice with a fork. Serve immediately.

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About the Author

Amanda Davis began writing in 2010 with work published on various websites. Davis is a dietetic technician, registered, personal trainer and fitness instructor. She has experience working with a variety of ages, fitness levels and medical conditions. She holds a dual Bachelor of Science in exercise science and nutrition from Appalachian State University and is working toward her master's degree in public health. Davis will be a registry eligible dietitian in May 2015.