How-To: Freeze Brown Rice

How to freeze brown rice

How to freeze brown rice

This may sound like a strange statement, but I’m going to say it anyway.

Freezing brown rice has changed my life.


The Hubster hates brown rice. As in, flat-out-refuses-to-eat-it hates brown rice.

And I love it. As in, don’t-want-to-eat-the-other-stuff love it.

Brown rice in the rice cooker

Makes it a wee bit difficult when you have one rice cooker and only so many burners on the stove to get it all done.

Enter a little idea about freezing rice and…


Mind blown. Life altered.

Whenever I run low on rice, I make a big batch in our rice cooker, portion it out into 1.5 cup servings and pop the bags into the freezer.

When I want to devour some for lunch or dinner, I take it out and heat it up.

Couldn’t be easier.

And it helps to keep both usΒ both happy when it comes to rice at dinner.

brown rice in a freezer bag

Instructions for Freezing Rice

  1. Cook brown rice according to your favorite method. (I am partial to a rice cooker, but stove-top or baked rice works just as well.)
  2. Let cool for about 30 minutes.
  3. Portion out rice and put into freezer-safe containers (or freezer bags). I do 1.5 cups for one person, but you could portion it out any way you want.
  4. If using freezer bags, make sure to squeeze out extra air and evenly distribute to form bricks.
  5. Stack and freeze.


I have tried several different methods to reheat frozen rice, and these two are my favorite.

There are several different ways to do it, though, including dropping rice (bag and all) into a pot of boiling water or place rice (still in the bag) in the microwave and reheat.

I’m just not so crazy about heating things up in plastic, if you know what I mean.

In the microwave:

  1. Remove from bag (either by ripping, or gently pulling out) or container.
  2. Place in a microwave-safe bowl or glass dish and heat on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer to plate and enjoy!

On the stove:

  1. Heat 1 tbs oil (canola, coconut) in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  2. Remove from bag (either by ripping, or gently pulling out) or container.
  3. Add frozen rice.
  4. Saute until rice heats through completely.
  5. Transfer to plate and enjoy!
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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.

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