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Slow Cooker Brown Rice

A recipe for slow cooker brown rice may not sound glamorous, but I’m about to tell you why this is going to change your dinner game plan!

First of all, get out your slow cooker. This is the crock pot I use, but other sizes and models will work as well.

slow cooker brown rice

Here’s how to cook brown rice in the slow cooker:

Spray the inside of your cooker with non-stick spray. If that’s not your thing, you can rub the sides and bottom of the cooker with butter.

Add two cups brown rice, 3 1/3 cups broth (vegetable or chicken broth both work great), and 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.

Stir to combine.

Cook on high, stirring occasionally until rice is fluffy, 2-4 hours.

In the end, you have perfectly slow cooked brown rice for dinner.

Okay, so maybe this isn’t the most exciting thing you’re read today. I get it.

We’re not setting anything on fire while yelling “Opa!!” (Which, by the way, is totally fun once you get over your fear of setting your house on fire.)

But trust me, this recipe is one to hang on to.

Cooking brown rice in a crock pot is a total timesaver.

Here’s how to save even more time!

Slightly cool the rice, and then portion it into one or two cup servings.

Place each portion into a ziplock type baggie. Label it with the portion size and “cooked brown rice”.

Even though it clearly looks like rice, take the time to label it. Trust me on this. There may have been a time or two when I’ve pulled an unlabeled container from the freezer thinking, “What the heck is this and why did I put it in here????”

So label it, and then proceed to stock your freezer with precooked rice.

The next time you need a side dish recipe – say – for stir-fry, or as a side to taco night at your house, you are already ahead of the game! Add it to chicken soups instead of noodles, make a quick fried rice…

Slow Cooker brown rice is also a great shortcut for Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup!

You get the idea, right?

To use the rice, remove it from the bag and place into a microwave safe container. Heat for 60 seconds.

Pin my slow cooker brown rice for later here.

You can also try:

If you love rice, try out my Cranberry Rice Pilaf recipe, too!

Yield: 8 servings

Brown Rice in the Slow Cooker

Brown Rice in the Slow Cooker

Here’s a meal planning tip that will save you precious time!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • non-stick cooking spray or butter
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 3 1/3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Spray the inside of your cooker with non-stick spray. If that’s not your thing, you can rub the sides and bottom of the cooker with butter.
  2. Add two cups brown rice, 3 1/3 cups broth (vegetable and chicken broths both work great), and 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Stir to combine. 
  3. Cook on high, stirring occasionally until rice is fluffy, 2-4 hours.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 360mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gProtein: 4g

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menkens

Saturday 16th of October 2021

First time ever going this route for cooking long grain brown rice and it was wonderful! Worked great since I cooked the night before for my 11 meals-on-wheels folks and then quickly heated up the next morning before putting the meals together. Fluffed up real nice ... like others, will be a preferred method for making this much rice in the future! I did not wash the rice ... Thanks so very much for sharing!

Ivy

Thursday 16th of September 2021

Do you rinse the rice first?

Connie

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

I love love your brown rice in the slow cooker. I make a batch each Sunday so I can have it for the week. I was wondering if you have ever tried cooking Farro in the slow cooker? Thanks for a wonderful blog and sharing so many great recipes.

Deanne Frieders

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Hi Connie, I'm so glad you love it! I haven't tried making farro in the slow cooker, but that sounds like a great idea!

Amanda

Thursday 21st of January 2021

I've tried time and time again to cook brown rice on the stovetop - each time with no success. Thank you so much for this recipe! It works fabulously! I usually halve it.

Alyssa

Thursday 24th of December 2020

This recipe is wonderful! I've made it many times now, and it always turns out much better than stovetop rice. I was wondering if it could be doubled, or would the rice to water ratio need to be adjusted to do that?

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