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Genmai (Brown Rice) Recipe

Genmai, or brown rice, is of course the healthier choice than its white counterpart, however not everyone likes it.  Few people dislike regular rice, but there are many who don’t like brown rice out there.  How about you?

Brown rice has a nutty flavor and chewy texture.  A lot of people complain that it is too hard compared to white rice.  Yes, white rice is pretty tasty… soft, fluffy, and even  sweet.  Unfortunately, like many other white foods like white bread, white rice is less nutritious.  Brown rice has a lot of fiber and nutrients like vitamins and minerals.  So if you want to eat rice everyday, brown rice is a better choice.

The reason why brown rice seems hard is because of the outer layer, bran and germ.  The good news is inside the brown shell is the same tasty white rice.  How you cook the brown rice makes a big difference in texture.  Soaking longer and cooking with extra water helps.  And also cooking in a heavy closed pot works better to create some pressure on the rice.

As you get used to the flavor and feel of brown rice, you might not mind so much.  Try it more than a couple of times before you decide!

Genmai (Brown Rice)


  • 1 cup brown rice, short grain
  • 2 cups water (480ml)


  1. Put rice in a bowl. Wash and pour water out, then repeat 2 more times. Place rice and measured water in a heavy pot. Let it soak for 1 hour.
  2. First cook rice without lid at high heat until the water boils. Stir and reduce heat to low. Then cook covered for 25-30 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let it stand covered for 10 minutes.

Genmai (Brown Rice) Recipe

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  • Kit
    May 5, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Beautiful website. Was wondering what type of brand of brown rice do you use. Thanks

    • Noriko
      May 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      it was from Costco, I believe.

  • Marco
    September 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Just found this website, very nice recipes.

    I was wondering what’s a good way to get brown rice to be sticky. When I cook white rice, it’s sticky enough so I’ll be able to hold it within my chopsticks. However, I seem to be unable to achieve the same result with brown rice.

    • Noriko
      September 12, 2014 at 1:24 am

      did you use short grain brown rice? You can try different brand, too.

      • Marco
        September 12, 2014 at 4:48 am

        As far as I can tell it’s long grain. I can’t seem to find short grain brown rice here in the Netherlands.

        • Noriko
          September 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

          Long grain rice is not sticky rice… Go online to see if you can find short grain brown rice.

        • Linn
          October 3, 2014 at 6:17 am

          Bit late as a reply but you can buy organic genmai at the Meidi-Ya on Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam, along with several other fresh ingredients and staples.

  • Amy
    October 19, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Can this be used to make onigiri? Because I bought short grain brown rice and followed the instructions on the packaging which were different than yours, but when I tried to make onigiri with it, it kept falling apart.

    • Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      yes, you could. Depending on brands, some brown rice is harder than the others and they may not sticky enough. Choose short grain brown rice and add a little more water when you cook it.

  • Susan
    March 24, 2016 at 12:02 am

    What is the difference between short grain brown rice and long grain brown rice? Which one is healthier? Thanks.

  • Sensei Haywood
    April 11, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Do you have something like a season to make it a bit tastier? One unrelated question do you recommendation for Karate instructors? I mean I see the Kyokushin fighters of many countries and there kind a big.