Food Network Kitchen’s Black Rice, as seen on Food Network.
Recipe courtesy of Sarah Mastracco for Food Network Kitchen

Black Rice

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 3 cups
Black rice is an ancient grain known for its nutty, earthy taste, distinctive color and high levels of antioxidants. There are many different varietals from places such as China, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Thailand and the United States. Some cultures prepare black rice as congee (rice pudding) or as a side dish topped with cooked chicken, eggs or pickled vegetables. Steamed black rice is also delicious served plain or used as a base for rice salads topped with nuts, herbs and roasted vegetables. It is perfect as a substitute for sushi rice too because of its slightly chewy, sticky and tender texture.



  1. Stir together the rice, 1 3/4 cups of water and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover, reduce heat and simmer until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, season with salt and serve.