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 or a marinated pork tenderloin!

Close up of oven baked rice in a glass casserole dish with a fork in it.

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.

Rice in a glass casserole dish with two pats of butter on top.

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.

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.

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.

Easy Ways to Cook Rice

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.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 3/4 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Pour all ingredients into a 2 qt baking dish and stir. Cover tightly.
  3. Bake until the water is absorbed, 22 to 27 minutes.
  4. Rest 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Recipe Notes

This can be doubled in a 9x13 pan.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 219, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 639mg, Potassium: 53mg, Carbohydrates: 37g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 175%, Calcium: 16%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Baked Rice in a glass baking dish.
Baked Rice in a glass baking dish.
Top photo - Baked Rice in a glass baking dish. Bottom photo - uncooked rice with two squares of butter in a clear baking dish.

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