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Easy Baked Rice

Easy Baked Rice is a simple and delicious way to prepare rice with minimal effort. This method eliminates the need for constant stovetop monitoring and results in perfectly cooked rice every time.

 

Rice in a white bowl with a spoon inside
Rice in a white bowl with a spoon inside

If you haven’t tried baking your rice, you are in for a life-changing recipe. It is quick and easy to prep and bakes in the oven to perfection.

This will be a family favorite rice that you will find yourself making with everything. It is fluffy and not mushy or soggy. Using staple pantry ingredients, you can enjoy restaurant-quality food at home.

Looking for more sides? Try my Whole Roasted Cauliflower, Smashed Brussels Sprouts, and Kasha Varnishkes (Kasha and Bowties).

Ingredients Overview

*The full recipe is in the recipe card below!

This is an excellent recipe to customize and make your own, with lots of options for add-ins. Here’s what I use in this baked rice recipe:

Rice: Basmati or Jasmin rice. 

Fresh herbs: A mix of fragrant fresh leafy herbs–parsley and cilantro. 

Seasoning: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon, and turmeric. You can add your favorite seasonings to give the rice a unique flavor.

Water: Boiling water or substitute with broth if you prefer. 

Onions: Sautéed in a generous amount of fat. They have an earthy and sweet flavor.

Pro Tips for Easy Baked Rice:

Flavor Enhancers: Add flavor to your baked rice by using broth instead of water for cooking.

Cheese Lover’s Twist: If you love cheese, sprinkle grated cheese (cheddar, parmesan, or your favorite) on top of the rice before baking. It will create a delightful cheesy crust.

Cover Tightly: When transferring the rice to a baking dish, make sure to cover it tightly with foil or a lid. This helps the rice cook evenly and retain moisture.

Fluff with a Fork: Before serving, fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains and make it light and airy.

FAQs

How to store and reheat rice?

Store chilled leftover Oven Baked Rice in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or cool and freeze for up to 2 months.

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.

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Israeli Carrot Salad

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Rice in a white bowl with a spoon inside

Easy Baked Rice

Author Rachel
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 6 cups cooked rice
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Description

This Simple Baked Rice is super easy to make and goes perfectly with any meal! 
Kosher, Pareve

Ingredients

  • 2 small-medium onions chopped  
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped  
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped  
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 ½ cups (840ml) boiling water or broth

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. 
  • In a medium-sized pan, heat 4 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and cook for 6-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown.
  • In the baking pan, mix rice, sautéed onions, chopped herbs, the rest of the oil, and all the seasoning.
  • Pour in the boiling water (carefully!!) and give everything a good mix.
  • Cover the baking dish tightly with parchment paper, then cover it with foil to seal.
  • Use a paring knife or skewer to poke small holes in the foil and parchment paper.
  • Bake until the water is absorbed for one hour.
  • Adjust the oven temperature to 400°F/200°C.
  • Remove the foil and parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes longer until it the nice and crispy.

Notes

  • Store chilled leftover Oven Baked Rice in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or cool and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • 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.
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Hi, I’m Rachel.

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m happy you’re here. I am the food blogger and photographer behind “Mama Living Abroad.”

In this space, I am sharing flavorful Israeli and Jewish recipes that I love to make and have my family and friends approve. My blog is 100% Kosher.

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