Forbidden Black Rice Recipe

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min


  • 1 cup forbidden black rice
  • 6 cups water
  • generous pinch salt
  • 1 cup forbidden black rice, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • 1 shallot – chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups forbidden black rice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme ( or 1 teaspoon dry)
  • 2 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon broth or stock ( veggie or chicken)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds ( save 2 tablespoons for garnish)
  • Garnish: 1-2 tablespoons Italian parsley

Preparation Steps

  1. Bring water and rice to a boil, let simmer uncovered until tender about 20-25 mintues. Drain and fluff. Season!
  2. Place equal parts water and black rice in the instant pot. Add a pinch of salt. Set pressure to 18 minutes on high. Let naturally release for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Bring saute pan to high heat, enough that a few drops of water forms “mercury-like” beads, then add the shallots, stirring often until golden and fragrant, about 4 -5 minutes, reducing heat to med-high during the process.
  4. Add rice and thyme and saute 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add stock, garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper and 1/2 the almonds. Bring to a simmer, stirring.
  6. Cover, turn heat to low and cook 25-30 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated and rice is tender. Garnish with remaining almonds and parsley.


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Serving Size: 1 cup Calories: 200 Carbohydrates: 34 grams Protein: 6 grams