Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted 汉堡/搜索图标

Chinese Black Rice

Chinese Black Rice

Buy Now
Save to Recipe Box
Add Private Note
Buy Now
Saved Add to List

    Add to List

Add Recipe Note
Buy Now

What is it?

Known as “forbidden” rice because it was originally served only to the emperors of ancient China and forbidden to their subjects, this unmilled, medium-grain rice comes from northern China’s Zhejiang province.

Chinese black rice is an incredibly nutritious rice, high in fiber, antioxidants, iron, vitamins, and minerals. It has a tender, slightly chewy texture and subtle sweetness with notes of chocolate make it a good choice for both sweet and savory dishes.

It gets its deep black-purple color and slight sheen from its bran layer; the interior of the grain is white. It cooks relatively quickly for an unmilled rice.

Don’t have it?

Substitute medium-grain brown rice.

How to store:

Keep in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

Click here to purchase


  • Recipe

    Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Black Rice Salad with Gochujang Dressing

    This vegetarian Asian-style salad packs a spicy punch. Smoked tofu adds an intriguing undertone, but baked tofu works great, too. Use a julienne peeler to make fast work of prepping…

  • Recipe

    Black Rice and Pistachio Salad

    Pistachios underscore the subtle sweetness of black rice. Known as “forbidden” rice because it was originally reserved for the emperors of ancient China, black rice has a tender, slightly chewy…

  • Recipe

    Black Rice Salad with Sugar Snap Peas and Avocado

    This rice salad has it all in looks, flavor, and texture: creamy avocado, crunchy sugar snap peas, a vibrant lime dressing, and gorgeous chewy yet tender grains of glossy black…

  • Recipe

    Vegetable Curry and Black Rice

    This is an American adaptation of the different spice blends of curry in India. You can jazz it up with black rice.


Leave a Comment


  • VinXpert | 06/10/2018

    I use my rice cooker to cook Forbidden black rice on the “brown rice” setting. I use equal amounts of rice and water (2 cups rice + 2 cups water, after rinsing the rice several times & draining it).

  • Tonie60 | 06/02/2018

    Can I cook black rice in my rice cooker? If so, how?

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published.


View All


按照烹饪你的罚款favorite social networks

We hope you’ve enjoyed your free articles. To keep reading, subscribe today.

Get the print magazine, 25 years of back issues online, over 7,000 recipes, and more.