How to Cook Brown Rice. Cooking rice on the stove seems simple. How do you cook rice in a frying pan? Rinse : Rinse rice under running water 3-4 times quickly Soak : Soak in water more than 30 minutes Bring to a boil : Drain water in the pot, add water in the recipe, and bring to a boil over medium heat Simmer : Put the lid on and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes Steam : Turn off the heat, and leave it for 10 minutes with the lid on Stir : Open the lid, and stir from the bottom gently Stir in Bring water, butter, and salt to a boil in medium saucepan. Replace the lid tightly. Give the rice a good stir up from the bottom with a spoon or spatula. Using the method above, reduce the water to a 1:1.5 rice/liquid ratio. I mean, all you need is water, a pot, a fork, and a little heat, right? Brown rice, which can be either short or long … Let the rice cook on the low setting. Some basmati rice recipes will benefit from a short soaking period for softer rice — a purely optional step. Put the frying pan on the stovetop over high heat with the lid on. Once the bubbles have subsided, you’ll see the surface of the rice with nice, even steam holes all over it.