How to make quick and easy Brown Fried Rice
Hey Simple Sumptuous Cooking readers, I am happy to announce my return from a 6-week hiatus. Happy and Belated New Year wishes to all of you. Today, I am sharing the quick and easy way to prepare brown fried rice with my favorite gadget...the Instant Pot. Not only that I am preparing it with brown rice! Given all the hype around brown rice, I thought it would be good to see how well brown rice does in an Instant Pot. The result was a fabulous feast and I am happy to share the details with you!
This instant pot brown fried rice is pretty easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. I prepare fried rice often but not with brown rice. That's partly because it always took a long time to soften up in a traditional pressure cooker. By the time the rice cooked, the vegetables were usually overcooked and too soft. But not so with the Instant Pot. Not only that, the recipe retains all the natural flavors from the rice, vegetables, and spices. The aroma from sesame oil and soy sauce make it an authentic delicacy.
Kinds of Brown rice for this recipe
There are several kinds of brown rice in the market and it is important that you cook them in a certain way. So here are the types you will find in the market...
Brown parboiled rice (also called brown converted rice) is rice that has been soaked, steamed under pressure and dried, before milling. Cooking time on a Stovetop is 20 minutes. In an Instant Pot, it takes about 8 minutes.
Brown rice Short grain brown rice and long grain brown rice this take longer time than parboiled rice. Cooking time on a Stovetop is 50-60 minutes. In an Instant Pot, it takes about 10-12 minutes.
How to serve brown fried rice
Fried rice is always served hot with a side of plain (vegan) yogurt, or if it turns out very spicy, it is common to serve sliced cucumber or tomatoes too. I personally like to eat it with cucumbers on the side.
The vegetable can be used for this recipe
For this brown rice recipe, I used frozen peas and fresh cubed carrots. But you can get a little creative with broccoli, beets, and cauliflower or even a frozen assorted mix of vegetables.
Can you spice it up?
Absolutely! Once you prepare the brown rice, you can spice it up with sriracha sauce or any Asian sauce. Alternately, if your family prefers a spicy dish, you could add more of the crushed red pepper when you prepare the dish.
If you like to eat as plain Instant pot brown rice use the same rice to water ratio. I will say this is one of my best instant pot recipes.
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Here are the recipe details.
Easy Brown Fried Rice
- 2 cups of brown rice - parboiled
- 1 cup frozen peas
- ½ cup cubed carrots
- 1 medium-size red onions
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce or use tamari
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- Salt to taste
- 2 ½ cup water
- Add sesame oil to the inner pot. Press sauté (IP duo) when oil is hot add garlic stirring constantly for 1 minute.
- Add onions, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
- Add carrots and stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Add frozen peas.
- Add red chili powder, black pepper and stirring constantly for 1 minute.
- Add parboiled brown rice, vegetable broth or water, salt. Stirring constantly for 30 seconds.
- Close the lid of the instant pot. Turn the steam release handle to “ sealing” position. Press pressure cooking and set the time for 10-12 minutes of pressure cooking.
- When time is up open the lid using natural release.
- Enjoy brown fried rice!
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