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How to Cook Sprouted Brown Rice

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Sprouted brown rice is a much healthier option than regular rice and it is easier to digest. We have directions for how to cook sprouted brown rice in three ways. You can use an instant pot, a rice cooker, or cook it the traditional way on the stove top. No matter how you choose to cook it, it is the perfect side dish for a quick, healthy meal

Sprouted Brown Rice
Sprouted Brown Rice

What is sprouted brown rice?

Sprouted brown rice is also referred to as germinated brown rice. The rice grains have literally been allowed to germinate. As soon as they start to germinate, they are dried so that they don’t continue growing into full-fledged plants. Since the germination process has been started in the rice grains, some of the starches have been broken down, making the rice grain easier to digest.

Sprouting rice, or any grain for that matter, makes the nutrients more easily absorbed by your body. That means you get more bang for your bite. This is superfood at its finest. But there is more to it than health benefits. It’s also about flavor. 

The flavor in sprouted brown rice is just plain yummier. It is sweeter and nuttier than regular brown rice. Sprouting makes the best darn rice ever!  You have to try this rice. First taste it naked, with nothing but a little salt cause you gotta taste how good this sprouted brown rice really is.

Instant Pot Sprouted Brown Rice
sprouted brown rice made in an instant pot

How to use sprouted brown rice:

Use sprouted brown rice in any recipe you would normally use rice. Do you want to up your game for pork fried rice? Just replace the regular rice in the recipe for this sprouted brown rice. You could eat it plain as a side dish as I mentioned above or you could make a delicious sprouted brown rice pilaf.

You can also combine it with other grains like quinoa and make a bowl of sprouted brown rice and quinoa stuffing. It is even good as a hot breakfast cereal.

This sprouted brown rice is just the beginning of a plethora of rice entrees.

Whether you cook it in an instant pot, on the stove top, or in a rice cooker, it is an incredible side dish that takes just under half an hour to create.

How to cook sprouted brown rice

When you buy sprouted brown rice you will see package directions for cooking it either on the stovetop or in a rice cooker. However, you will not find directions for how to cook it in a pressure cooker. If you love using your pressure cooker for all things edible, we have directions for you right below so you can cook sprouted brown rice in an instant pot.

In case you find sprouted brown rice in the bulk bin or if you’re like me and store your grains in airtight food containers, you may not have the package directions. If that is the case, we want to give you standard directions for cooking sprouted brown rice on the stovetop or in a rice cooker. 

Instant Pot Sprouted Brown Rice
Sprouted Brown Rice

How to cook sprouted brown rice in an instant pot

Add the rice, liquid, and salt to the pressure cooker then seal the lid and the steam release valve. Set the timer for 16 minutes and let the pressure cooker do its thing.

When the cooking is complete, let the pressure cooker sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you can manually release the rest of the pressure inside the cooker and fluff the rice with a fork.

Since a pressure cooker has minimal evaporation, it does not take as much liquid when you cook food under pressure.  Use a ratio of 1 cup sprouted brown rice to 1- cup liquid when you cook with a pressure cooker.

What about the rice cook mode on the instant pot?

Are you are wondering what that rice mode is for and why we don’t suggest using it for cooking sprouted brown rice? We tried the rice cook mode on the instant pot and it doesn’t cook the sprouted brown rice completely. Use the instant pot rice cook mode for regular ol’ white rice but when you cook this sprouted brown rice, follow our instructions for perfectly cooked sprouted brown rice. 

How to cook sprouted brown rice in a rice cooker

Put the rice, liquid, and salt in the rice cooker and turn it on. Do not use the measuring lines in the rice cooker or the measuring cup that comes with the cooker. You want to use a ratio of 1-3/4 cups liquid to 1 cup of sprouted brown rice.

We don’t recommend cooking less than 1 cup of sprouted brown rice in your rice cooker. It just doesn’t seem to work as well if you use less rice.

How to cook sprouted brown rice on the stove top

Place the liquid, rice, and salt in a saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer and put the lid on the saucepan.

After 30 minutes, remove the pan from the heat but don’t open the lid. Just let the rice sit undisturbed in the saucepan for 10 minutes. After 10  minutes, fluff the rice with a fork.

I might be a little old fashioned but the stove top is my preferred method to cook rice. I do like my kitchen gadgets and appliances though. One of the great conveniences about making sprouted brown rice in an instant pot or the rice cooker is that you can set it and forget it.

You don’t have to watch for the water to boil, adjust the heat, or remember to remove it from the heat. The rice cooker and instant pot are especially handy when I am multi-tasking. If I forget to return in time to fluff the rice, the appliance will just keep the rice warm until I do return.

Tell us what your preferred method is for cooking rice and let us know how you like this sprouted brown rice.

Instant Pot Sprouted Brown Rice
Sprouted Brown Rice

Where can you get sprouted brown rice?

I have been seeing sprouted brown rice in local grocery stores more frequently. Occasionally I see it in the bulk bins of larger markets. The next most convenient place to purchase sprouted brown rice is on Amazon. We really like the rice from Lundberg Farms

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Sprouted Brown Rice

How to Cook Sprouted Brown Rice in a Pressure Cooker

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Directions for perfectly cooked sprouted brown rice in your Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups sprouted brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Add the rice, water (or broth), and salt to the Instant Pot pressure cooker. 
  2. Lock the lid in place and make sure the steam release valve is in the sealing position. 
  3. In manual mode, set the timer for 16 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes after cooking then release any remaining pressure. Fluff with a fork.

Notes

  1. Since there is minimal evaporation in a pressure cooker, you do not need as much liquid when you cook with this method. Use a ratio of 1 cup sprouted brown rice to 1 cup liquid.


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 510mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Lisa

Friday 9th of August 2019

My Instant Pot Lux 6qt would not come to pressure when I followed the recipe as written. I added an additional half cup of water and it did come to pressure, and the rice was perfect.

Dahn Boquist

Friday 9th of August 2019

That's interesting Lisa, thanks for the comment. There is definitely enough water in this recipe for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. However, if you had the pot on saute mode prior to closing the lid then some of the water could have evaporated. Other likely reasons that will prevent the pot from building up pressure could be that the venting valve was bumped open or the seal was not set securely in place. Even having a little bit of food on the seal will prevent the pressure from building up.

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