Toasted Brown Rice

Memorize this recipe — it's easy, delicious, and healthy. I make this when I'm trying to be good and not eat bread. This kind of rice is best with something brothy to soak up, like Beans & Greens. Yields 4 servings.


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups brown basmati rice
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. In a heavy-bottomed pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat and toast the rice until it pops and starts to brown, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and salt, then return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes. It should be al dente but not crunchy.
  3. If liquid remains, pour it off and toss the rice constantly over low heat in the dry pan until it dries out a little.