Making baked rice in the oven is the easiest and fastest way to get perfect fluffy rice with only 4 ingredients needed. This easy rice recipe will give you perfect rice every time!
How to Make Oven Baked Rice
Making rice can be a giant pain in the butt. You want to have perfect fluffy rice and then end up with rice that can end up burnt, undercooked, soggy, crunchy or a multitude of other things when you are making rice on the stove. This easy oven baked rice is the solution to all of that! No longer will you question if you got the rice right.
What Type of Rice Can I bake in the oven?
This no fail oven baked rice is perfect for making all types of rice. You can make American long grain rice, Jasmin Rice, Brown Rice, and Basmati rice. If you are making brown rice you will need to up the cook time to an hour from the 30 minutes needed for the other types of rice.
Tips for Making Baked Rice
Add Flavor. If you want to add flavor to the rice you can substitute chicken broth, beef broth or veggie broth in place of the water. You can also add spices and herbs to the rice before putting it in the oven to add more flavor.
Don’t Rinse the Rice. There is no need to rinse the rice before cooking it.
Let the rice rest. It is important to let the the rice rest for 5-10 minutes after you take it out of the oven.
What to Serve with Baked Rice
Baked rice is the perfect starchy side dish to serve with many main dishes. You will want to serve oven baked rice with recipes that you serve with other cooked rice.
If you are looking for main dish ideas to serve with rice, check out some of our favorites:
- Slow Cooker Asian Chicken
- Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
- Chicken and Broccoli in Brown Sauce
- Cheddar Ranch Chicken (My kids LOVE putting the sauce from the chicken over their rice)
- Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
- Chicken and Mushrooms
I also like using oven baked rice when I am making stir fry recipes. I can pop the rice in the oven to bake while I am making other items for the meal without having to keep an eye on the rice. There are lots of great recipes that have cooked rice as an ingredient or are perfect served over rice.
- Asparagus Stir Fry
- Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls
- Slow Cooker garlic ginger chicken
- Green Chili Chicken
How to Store Rice
If you have left over rice store it in the fridge in an air tight container. Left over rice is perfect for using when making fried rice.
How to Freeze Baked Rice
When you are making rice you can easily make large batches and then freeze the rice. Read how to freeze rice so you can make large batches and keep them in the freezer for easy meal prep.
Baked Rice Ingredients
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice
- 2 1/3 cups water
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
How to Bake rice in the oven Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spread rice in a 8 x 8 inch baking dish and sprinkle with salt.
Top the rice with the butter.
Bring water to boil in the microwave.
Once boiling, stir in salt and pour water over rice.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until tender.
Remove baking dish from oven and uncover. Fluff rice with fork.
Easy Rice Recipes
Oven Baked Rice
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spread rice in a 8 x 8 inch baking dish and top the rice with the butter.
- Bring water to boil in the microwave.
- Once boiling, stir in salt and pour water over rice.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in the oven.
- Bake for 1 hour, until tender.
- Remove baking dish from oven and uncover. Fluff rice with fork.