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Perfect Brown Rice Crockpot Recipe with Scallions

Looking for a set it and forget it way to cook brown rice? Or need an easy meal prep solution? This Brown Rice Crockpot Recipe is the answer. So simple and comes out perfect every time. Flavor with scallions and dried cranberries or leave plain.

A blue bowl full of brown rice with sliced scallions and dried cranberries.

Hello there, my darlings! It’s your favorite chef, Kate, here to share a recipe that’ll make your busy days a whole lot easier—and tastier!

We all know how hectic life can get, with work, family, and everything in between pulling us in a million different directions. But fear not, because I’ve got just the thing to help you whip up a delicious, nutritious meal without breaking a sweat: my comforting Brown Rice Crockpot Recipe!

You know those days when you’re too tired to even think about cooking, when the last thing you want to do is spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. Well, my friends, that’s when I turn to my trusty Crockpot.

This miraculous kitchen gadget is a game-changer for busy folks like us. Just toss in a few ingredients, set it, and forget it—voila! You’ve got yourself a delicious meal waiting for you at the end of the day.

One thing you may not be using your crock pot for is rice. My Brown Rice Crockpot Recipe is a family favorite.

Of course you can make rice in the rice cooker or the Instant Pot but if you don’t have either of those things, the best way to cook a large batch of perfect rice is by using this slow cooker method. 

You can make this dish with white rice (the cooking time will be slightly shorter) but we’ve upped the nutritional value here and have been using short-grain brown rice, which, turns out, works very well-  it’s deliciously nutty, toothsome, and super flavorful! 

Meal Prep Savior

A blue bowl filled with brown rice next to a crockpot.

This crock pot rice recipe has a generous amount of scallions and a handful of dried cranberries stirred in at the end. This makes for an easy side dish with tender chicken and green beans.

You could also leave those things out and use the cooked long grain rice as a great way to meal prep.

  1. Divide a smaller portion of this delicious brown rice into freezer bags or single servings for the next time you are hungry for plain rice. I usually do a cup of rice per bag.
  2. Label the bag and store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


All the ingredients for brown rice crockpot recipe
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Uncooked brown rice
  • Chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Unsalted butter (not pictured)
  • Scallions
  • Dried cranberries

How To Make This Recipe

step one

Grease the crock pot. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the crockpot insert and wipe it all over using a paper towel. You can also use non-stick spray. This will prevent the rice from sticking.

A hand greasing the inside of a crock pot with a paper towel.

step two

Combine. Add the rinsed rice, 3 cups broth, and 1 teaspoon salt to the pot and stir to combine.

A spoon stirring rice and broth in a crockpot.

step three

Cook. Cover and set the crock pot to high for 3 hours.

A crockpot full of brown rice with cranberries.

step four

Add scallions and cranberries. Stir in the butter, scallions and cranberries and serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Using A Different Type Of Rice

A black crockpot full of brown rice with scallions on top

Slow cooker rice can be made with jasmine rice, short grain, wild rice, or any type of whole grains. The liquid ratio and the cook times will be different.

  • For a white rice crock pot recipe: Use 2 1/2 cups of water to 2 cups of rice. Set for 2 hours of total time.
  • The wild rice (or other whole grain) water ratio is 2 cups wild rice to 4 cups water. Set on low for 4-5 hrs.

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Who Knew Cooking Rice Would Be One Of Your Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes

The first time you try it you’ll be amazed at how perfectly this slow cooker brown rice turns out. Give it a try, share a photo and tag me on Instagram using @katesbestrecipes so that I can see. Or leave me a comment below (don’t forget to leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating)! Also, sign up for my weekly recipe newsletter so you never miss a thing.

A blue bowl full of brown rice with sliced scallions and dried cranberries.

Crock Pot Brown Rice with Scallions and Dried Cranberries

Author: Kate
A wonderful side dish recipe combining chewy brown rice with the sharpness of fresh scallions and sweet dried cranberries. Dairy and gluten free!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 216kcal



  • Pour the 1 tablespoon of oil in the slow cooker. Using a paper towel rub it all over the inside of the crockpot to prevent the rice from sticking. You can also spray it with cooking spray.
  • Add the 2 cups rinsed brown rice, 3 cups chicken broth, and the 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Cover and set the crockpot on high for 3 hours.
  • Stir in scallions, cranberries, and butter. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired and serve.


  1. Doneness: Start checking the rice after 2 1/2 hours to see if it is done and prevent overcooking. Stir rice from the bottom of the pot, it will be done much quicker than the rice on top. 
  2. Make-ahead/Storage: The brown rice without the scallions and cranberries is great for meal prep. Make a large batch then divide it into single servings. Store in freezer bags or airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. 
  3. Serve with: This makes an excellent side dish with Chicken Cacciatore, Vinegar and Spiced Baked Baby Back Ribs, or Lemon-Broiled Cod.
  4. Scallions: It may seem like a lot of scallions at first but they wilt down and melt with the heat of the rice. 


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