Slow Cooker Brown Rice Recipe

I received a slow cooker as a gift from my family a number of years ago, and while I like the convenience of cooking meals in it, I haven’t found a whole lot of recipes that I would like to try, or, having tried them, would want to make them again.  But this brown rice recipe is different.  I first discovered it in a slow cooker magazine and modified it to my preferences.  It has become a staple in my repertoire.  Healthful, easy, and delicious?  What more can you ask?

Slow Cooker Brown Rice with Cheese, Onions, and Shallots

2 cups uncooked brown rice, rinsed

3 Tbsp unsalted butter

5 cups low sodium chicken broth, (or use vegetable broth for a vegetarian dish)

2 to 3 onions, diced

2 shallots, diced

2 cups (8 oz) grated cheddar cheese

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1)  Combine rice and butter in a 4-quart slow cooker.

2)  Add broth and stir mixture.  Cover and let sit for at least a few hours, preferably overnight.

3)  Add onions and shallots to the rice mixture, and stir to combine.

4)  Cover and cook on high for about 4 hours, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

5)  Stir in cheese about 5 minutes before serving.

6)  Add pepper to taste.

Slow cooker brown rice

Brown rice with cheese, onions and shallots


  • Letting the rice sit overnight in the broth will help it fully cook all the way through.  If you start cooking right after adding the broth, the rice may not cook all the way through, leaving you with hard grains of partially cooked rice.
  • To reheat, just steam the rice by placing it in a shallow bowl over a rack in a pan of water.

How do you use your slow cooker?  What types of meals have you prepared in it?  Please share in the comments.


About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose – to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.


4 Responses to Slow Cooker Brown Rice Recipe

  1. Hiromi April 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    It looks like risotto! We have had a crock pot for a long time… But we only use it for at our parties. I should explore recipes for it. I am thinking something like a bit of brown rice, lots of mung beans, veggies, tofu and add some grilled fish on top to serve since I want to make sure it is high in protein. Or some soup.

  2. Cynthia May 23, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    I use my slow cooker to make steel ground oatmeal. I put it in the cooker at night with some raisins, cinnamon and walnuts and when I wake up I have delicious hot cereal! And you can microwave it with a little water and it’s good to go and then.

    • Serena Y Lee May 23, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      Hmm, mmm, I think I’ll have to try this myself. I actually have a recipe for pumpkin oatmeal made in the slow cooker. Thanks for the suggestion :0)

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