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How To Cook Brown Rice - Japanese Style

How To Cook Brown Rice - Japanese Style

  • serves 2
  • 30 minutes
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Brown rice has an outer layer of bran and the rice germ, both of which are full of vitamins and fibre. Brown rice also has a delicious nutty flavour, but it requires a little extra preparation and cooking time compared to white rice. Follow this guide and you’ll be whipping up great-tasting brown rice like a pro!


300g brown japanese rice

How To Prepare

  1. Firstly, add 150g of brown rice per person to a large bowl and wash it under a running tap by swirling the rice around. Drain the murky water and repeat a few times until the water runs clear. Once the rice is clean, add the rice and water to a saucepan in a 2:3 ratio.

  2. Now place the lid on the saucepan and heat over a medium flame. When the water boils, turn the heat down to a medium flame. Make sure that you don’t remove the lid at all for the next 15 to 20 minutes while the rice absorbs the water.

  3. Once all the water has been absorbed, add more water equivalent to the amount of rice in the saucepan. You can add a little extra water if you like your rice extra soft, or a little less for that slightly al-dente texture. Mix the water into the rice well and then place back on a medium heat. Again, keep the lid on at all times until the next step.

  4. After 10 to 15 minutes, turn the heat down to low and let your rice simmer until all the water has been absorbed. After that, turn off the heat and allow the rice to steam with the lid still on for five minutes. After that, your rice will finally be ready, so mix it well and serve.


    Requirements: Sushi Vinegar 80ml
    Optional: Wooden Sushi Bowl

    To make sushi rice, the cooked rice needs to be mixed with sushi vinegar, which is Japanese rice vinegar mixed with salt and sugar. Mix 80ml of sushi vinegar (or about 12% of the total cooked rice weight) with the rice. To get the best flavour, the vinegar needs to be folded into the rice while it is still warm. As you are mixing the rice and vinegar together, use a fan to cool the rice and remove the moisture. Your sushi rice is now ready to be used in all types of delicious sushi. For best results use a wooden sushi bowl (sushi oke) to mix and cool the rice.