How to Cook Rice in the Oven

Apr 7, 2022 🖼Step-by-Step Photo Instructions ... Preheat oven to 375°F conventional or 350°F convection. ... Add butter and Kosher salt to boiling in an oven 
Video How to Cook Rice in the Oven

Oven baked rice is the easy, foolproof way to cook perfect fluffy rice every time. Only 30 minutes and no sticky rice stuck in the bottom of your pan.


Are you rice impaired? Do you look at the fancy rice cooker and think you should just give up and buy one. Put that thought on hold. All you need is a baking dish and your oven.

The method is very simple. Just combine rice with boiling water, some butter, and salt. Seal tightly and let the rice steam cook in the oven. Great rice that is perfect every time in your home oven.

We have a local cooking school, Artisan, that we enjoy. We learn new things, what we are doing wrong and new tricks.

Well, this one goes under new tricks from a stir-fry chef. Even the head chef had not heard of this one. You can bake your rice, and it is almost fool-proof.

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Stovetop cooked rice just has not worked well for me. I think I’m ADHD and just touch things too much… or I’m dumb… or I need a rice cooker. It just has not worked well for me.

This recipe is easy to combine with other baked recipes. The baking time matches How to Bake Chicken Breasts in a Convection Oven, Pan Seared Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and many others.

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A solid 4 for a reliable method.

🍚What Rice to Use?

Long grain white rice is best for this recipe. It is the most commonly available type of rice and is cheap. Other varieties like basmati rice or jasmine rice will cook about the same. Do not use short gain, converted, or minute rice.

Brown Rice

Brown rice will need more water and time. One cup of brown rice will need two cups of water and identical amounts of salt and butter. The cooking time will be 1 hour.

👨‍🍳How to Bake Rice in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Add rice, butter, salt, and boiling water to a baking dish—2 quart is good but if it fits, it will work.
  3. Seal tight with foil. Bake until rice is tender and fluid absorbed—25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Uncover to vent steam, then fluff the rice to release trapped steam and stop further cooking.



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In the refrigerator, if sealed airtight, you can store cooked rice for 3-4 days.

You can freeze rice, but I’m not a fan of the change in texture that can happen. If you do this, freeze in small amounts in an airtight container for up to 2 months—thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Reheat in the oven or microwave.

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🖼️Step-by-Step Photo Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F conventional or 350°F convection.

Add butter and Kosher salt to boiling in an oven-safe pan—mix well. Add white long grain rice.

Tightly cover with a piece of aluminum foil. Bake 25 minutes until the rice is tender but not mushy, and all the liquid should be absorbed. If it’s not done, bake for another 2 to 4 minutes.

fluffing rice in the bowl

Fluff it with a fork to let the steam out, and serve. If you don’t fluff, the rice may continue to cook and become mushy.


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