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How To Cook Genmai


Steamed Genmai Rice

Steamed Genmai Rice

Photo (c) Setsuko Yoshizuka
Since the embryo and the rice bran are left intact with genmai (short grain brown rice), genmai is more nutritious than white rice. If your rice cooker has a "Brown Rice" setting, cook according to book instructions. It's the easiest way to cook genmai. Here are basic steps for cooking genmai on stovetop.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Variable

Here's How:

  1. Put measured genmai rice in a bowl and wash with cold water, changing water several times.
  2. Drain the rice in a colander.
  3. Place the rice in a thick bottomed pot, such as donabe.
  4. Add measured water.
    *Use about 1 cup (240cc) of water for every 1 gou (180cc) of genmai.
  5. Let genmai soak in the water for 4 to 5 hours, or overnight.
  6. Add a pinch of salt. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  7. Turn the heat down to very low and cook about 30 minutes, or until the water is almost gone.
  8. Stop the heat and let it steam for 15-20 minutes before opening the lid.
  9. Fluff the rice with a spatula.


  1. To cook genmai short grain brown rice on stovetop, use about 1 cup (240cc) of water for every 1 gou (180cc) rice.
  2. Use a thick bottomed pot with a lid for cooking brown rice.

What You Need

  • genmai - short grain brown rice
  • water
  • salt
  • thick bottomed pot with a lid

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