Brown and White Rice Cooked Together (Stove, IP)

First of all, why would I want to cook two kinds of rice together? For me, it comes down to nutrition and texture. Brown rice is more nutritious, but white rice has a better texture. My family loves a mixture of both brown and white rice, but cooking them together is not as simple as sticking them in a pot and walking away. However, both the stove top and Instant Pot methods are simple to follow.

Stove Top Method

I used this method for several years before buying an Instant Pot. Start by filling a pot with water and adding as much brown rice as you want to cook. The amount of water doesn’t matter too much because you can always drain off the extra later.

Bring the rice and water to a boil, then set a timer for 15 minutes.

Now, add the white rice to the pot. Set a timer for another 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the pot to make sure it doesn’t run out of water and stir it occasionally.

When the time is up, turn off the heat and drain off any excess water. Cover the pot tightly with a lid and set a timer for 10 minutes.

After the time is up, stir the rice and serve.

Instant Pot Method

Put in the bottom of the Instant Pot:

brown rice + 1.5X as much water as rice

Put the trivet on top of the water/rice. It doesn’t matter that it’s in the rice. A tall trivet is not necessary. On top of the trivet, place an oven-safe dish or bowl that won’t touch the sides of the pot. I have a stainless steel bowl that works really well for this purpose. In the upper bowl/pot, put

white rice + 1.5X as much water as rice

Put the lid on the Instant Pot and cook at high pressure for 15 minutes, then quick release. Carefully mix the brown and white rice together and remove the trivet. I find the rice paddle to be especially helpful for this task.

brown and white rice cooked together

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