Baked Rice

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Making Baked Rice in the oven is fast, foolproof, and fluffy. This easy 3-ingredient recipe is great for meal prep and freezer friendly, too.

Baked rice in a bowl.


 

Say goodbye to sticky, burned pot bottoms, or al dente grains of chewy, undercooked stovetop rice. Even if you’ve never been all that confident in your rice-making skills, you can make perfectly cooked rice in about 30 minutes.

Once you master this method, add more flavor with chicken broth, bay leaves, or lemon zest. Then add your cooked rice to soups, rice casseroles, meal prep containers, grain bowls, or your next batch of Veggie Fried Rice.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for baked rice.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Long-grain rice: Any rice works such as long-grain American, basmati rice, or jasmine rice. Brown rice takes longer to cook, so plan on at least an hour in the oven.
  • Butter: It’s okay to reduce the butter to 2 tablespoons. Or, substitute 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a 2-quart or larger casserole dish or Dutch oven, add rice, butter, and salt.
Grains of rice and butter in a white baking dish with water being poured into it.
  1. Stir in boiling water until butter is melted. Cover tightly with a lid or aluminum foil and bake until rice the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 30 to 35 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork. Transfer to a serving bowl if desired.
Baked rice in a white baking dish.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 6 cups cooked rice (1 cup uncooked rice yields about 3 cups cooked).
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Freezer: Spread cooked rice on a rimmed baking sheet to cool (chill it faster in the refrigerator or freezer if you have space). Then, pack into a measuring cup and measure your preferred portion size (1 cup, 2 cups, 4 cups, etc.) into freezer-safe bags. Press flat, label, and freeze. Reheat to 165 degrees.
  • Flavored liquids: Substitute chicken stock, beef broth, or shrimp stock for the water.
  • Herbs and spices: Add a spoonful of bouillon, a bay leaf, dried herbs like thyme or marjoram, or turmeric to gently scent the rice as it bakes. A Bouquet Garni or Sachet can add extra flavor, too.
  • Safety first: Cooked rice can make you sick if not cooled and stored properly. Once you cook the rice, keep it hot throughout the meal or cool it down as quickly as possible. Never let cooked rice sit out at room temperature for longer than one hour.
  • Fried rice: Heat only in a pan until shimmering, then add chopped vegetables (especially carrots, celery, and onions) and cook until softened. Increase the heat and stir in leftover rice with soy sauce and garlic powder for an easy, delicious fried rice. Both brown rice and white rice work in this recipe.
  • Bacon wrapped shrimp: A pile of cooked rice is the perfect side dish for this smoky seafood favorite.
  • Cilantro Lime Rice: This Chipotle copycat recipe starts with getting the right type of rice and cooking it in a non-traditional way. This rice is soft and fluffy with just the right amount of chew and no stickiness.
A bowl of Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice.
A bowl of Chipotle Copycat Cilantro Lime Rice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I rinse the rice before baking it?

There is no reason to rinse the rice. You might be thinking: “I’ll rinse the starch off the rice, and then I can bake it without butter or olive oil.” I tried that and in the absence of all fat, rice stuck to the bottom of the baking dish. Rinsing didn’t help.

Can I bake rice without oil or butter?

If you make this recipe without any fat, some rice will stick to the bottom of your baking dish. You’ll probably lose a couple of tablespoons, or maybe up to a ¼ cup, of cooked rice through the sticking. Even if you rinse the rice, some of the rice will stick to the bottom of your baking dish.

How do you store uncooked rice?

Uncooked rice, as long as it is kept dry, is good for at least a year in a sealed container.

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Baked rice in a bowl.

Baked Rice

Making Baked Rice in the oven is fast, foolproof, and fluffy. This easy 3-ingredient recipe is great for meal prep and freezer friendly, too.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings (1 cup each)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 361
5 from 32 votes

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a 2-quart or larger baking dish, add rice, butter, and salt. Stir in boiling water until butter is melted.
  • Cover and bake until rice the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 30 to 35 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork.

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Notes

  1. Long-grain rice: Any rice works such as long-grain American, basmati, or jasmine. Brown rice takes longer to cook, so plan on at least an hour in the oven.
  2. Butter: It’s okay to reduce the butter to 2 tablespoons. Or, substitute 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes about 6 cups cooked rice (1 cup uncooked rice yields about 3 cups cooked).
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cupCalories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 577mgPotassium: 79mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 677IUCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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    1. Hi Claudia, thank you so much for your comment! I’m so glad you loved it! – Meggan

    1. Hi Mugsy, baking time should be about the same if you are using a larger baking dish, or splitting it between two dishes. Oven temperatures do vary, so I would keep an eye on it. Take care! – Meggan

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