Easy Oven Baked Rice

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Baked Rice is a foolproof method for getting fluffy, tender grains that have just the right texture. Combine rice, water, and butter and let it bake in the oven instead of on the stovetop.

One of the reasons oven-baked rice turns out fabulous is that the heat is distributed more evenly throughout the cooking cycle. It’s also perfect to pop in the oven alongside Oven Baked Chicken Breasts, marinated pork tenderloin, or with Chicken Cordon Bleu!

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Tips for Making Baked Rice

To get the best white rice in the oven, follow these tips for recipe success:

  • Follow the ratios in the recipe below (and not the ratios on the package)
  • Adding butter helps keep the grains from sticking.
  • Boil the water before adding to the rice.
  • Cover the baking dish tightly with foil to seal in the steam.
  • Allow the rice to rest for 5-10 minutes after removing it from the oven before fluffing with a fork.

You can easily make baked brown rice too, it will take a bit longer to cook.

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What Rice is Best Baked?

Any kind of rice can be baked. Just be aware that cooking times can vary greatly. Basmati rice is one of the most quick-cooking varieties. Brown rice, on the other hand, takes more than twice as long as conventional white rice.

This recipe uses regular long grain white rice. If you’re changing the type of rice, you will need to adjust the cook time.

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What to Serve with Baked Rice

Baked rice is the perfect starchy side dish that pairs well with saucy recipes like Salisbury steak or Crock Pot pork chops with mushroom gravy. It’s an easy way to pre-make rice for fried rice too, or for General Tso’s Chicken!

Leftover rice will keep in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to four months.

How to Reheat Rice

To reheat rice in the oven or toaster oven, gently break up any lumps and moisten slightly with a small splash of water. Cover tightly and bake at 300°F for about 20 minutes.

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Review Recipe

Baked Rice

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
A practically foolproof method for getting fluffy, tender grains that have just the right texture.


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 ¾ cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Pour all ingredients into a 2 qt baking dish and stir. Cover tightly.
  • Bake until the water is absorbed, 22 - 27 minutes.
  • Rest 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Recipe Notes

This can be doubled in a 9x13 pan.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 219, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 639mg, Potassium: 53mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. Thank you for making me ” the best rice chef” as per my family. I never really got down the art of making rice well, but now, It’s Perfection! Fluffy, buttery and delicious!

  2. I LOVE rice even more than potatoes. I have cooked it on the stove top (electric and gas), I have cooked it in my rice cooker. All taste good but nothing has compared to the texture of the rice cooked in the oven. So simple, FLUFFY, moist and tasty. Have never had it fail to turn out great and I have even added some sauteed onions and peppers and cooked in chicken broth. Today it is again, just as the recipe calls for to go with spiced up pinto beans. YUM and thanks.5 stars

  3. I have boiled rice for years and it has come our gummy and somewhat tasteless for years. I recently tried this recipe with rice prepared in the oven and it was great. I like the subtle buttery flavor. Thank you!4 stars

  4. I love cooking rice in the oven, rather than stove top or microwave. My husband brought home a 5 kg bag of rice during the shortages, and my question to you is, which is the best way to cook short grain rice in the ove, as opposed to long grain.
    Thank you

    1. Marylin, I’ve only tried the long grain rice in the oven. I think the short grain rice would work, but the texture will be more creamy and sticky. Let us know if you try it!

  5. I was going to serve this with a lemon garlic pork tenderloin but needed to cook the rice and tenderloin at different temps for different time periods. Took a chance to combine them in a small Dutch oven (rice doubled and started with boiling water per recipe, tenderloin placed in center) and then baked at 350* for 40 minutes. The rice was perfect and the tenderloin was the perfect temp inside at 155*. Not only did it help flavor the rice, but the pork ended up being juicy. If I had baked the pork uncovered as was suggested by its recipe directions, I’m afraid it would’ve been dry as they so often get (even though they brown). I will be using this technique for both from now on since I usually serve them together. Thank you for the inspiration and now the use of only one cooking dish for the meal!5 stars

  6. This is my new favorite way to make rice. It doesn’t need stirring. It doesn’t stick to the pan. It doesn’t get gluey. I used some homemade broth instead of the water.

    My 8 year old son has complained for the past year when I have served rice for dinner. He would stubbornly refuse to eat any rice. Last night I put four rice grains inside his first taco. He ate it and went back for seconds. Again I put four grains of rice in the taco. He ate it and went back for thirds, but this time he made his own taco. He willingly put rice in it! I think it is too early to press my luck by serving rice at every meal, but I like knowing he will eat it again.5 stars

  7. THAT was delicious rice!

    I doubled the recipe and put it in an oven cooking bag (no mess).
    You are right, that is the best way to cook rice.

    Can’t wait to continue my experiments with this method.
    Using bouillons and Goya seasonings5 stars