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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.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings (1 cup each)
Calories 361kcal


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice (see note 1)
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) or less (see note 2)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups boiling water


  • 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.



  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 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons). Or, substitute 1/4 cup 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.
  5. 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.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg