How to cook rice in the oven – Perfect Rice

If you learn How To Cook Rice In The Oven I think you’ll then agree with me that it’s the absolute best way to cook rice. Bar none.

That includes a rice cooker. Now I don’t know who created the first rice cooker but every small appliance manufacturer makes one.

So why are they so popular? Because most people can’t cook rice correctly!

How to cook rice in the oven

You don’t have to be one of those people. Just follow these simple instructions and you’ll be a rice cooking expert.

Selecting Rice and Cooking Equipment

Oven-cooked rice is the best way to cook rice of any type. It doesn’t matter what type.

You can cook Long-grain, short-grain, jasmine rice, brown rice… Any type of rice will work. The only variation is the amount of water and cooking time. And they don’t change very much.

As far as the cooking vessel you can use almost any oven-proof vessel. If you have a casserole with a tight-fitting lid you’re good to go. If your casserole doesn’t have a lid just cover it tightly with aluminum foil.

Personally, I prefer aluminum foil pans. I don’t have a dishwasher and foil pans make life a little easier.

Cooking rice for a crowd? Just use a bigger pan. Restaurants use this technique and they use huge disposable pans. Less labor, more profit!

Wash Rice Before Cooking Or Not?

Why rinse rice? It adds a step to the cooking process and is it really necessary? Well, that depends. If I’m cooking long-grain white rice for a side dish I always rinse.

White rice not only has a vitamin and mineral coating from the processor but it also has starch powder from the rice itself. These items will most certainly make rice cooked without rinsing gummy!

Rinsing is an extra step but for the best oven rice, it’s worth it. It doesn’t take that long.

I load the rice up in a strainer and just run water over it in the sink. Two minutes tops. Totally worth it for rice that won’t be gummy!

Rice Cooked In Broth – Seasoning For Rice

Rice cooked in plain water is perfectly ok. But when you substitute broth for the water you take the rice to a whole new dimension.

Any type of broth is fine but I tend to use chicken or beef almost exclusively. It just depends on what I plan to use the rice for.

As for what seasoning to add to rice the list is almost infinite.

Rice is a staple for the entire world and if you just check out some recipes you can see that rice seasonings only depend on you and your family’s palate!

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How To Cook Rice In The Oven Instructions:

How to cook rice in the oven

If you know How to Cook Rice In the Oven you'll never have to buy a rice cooker! Cooking for a crowd? It takes no longer to cook rice for 20 as it does for 4. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword How To Cook Rice In The Oven
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 280 kcal


  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 1 cup long-grain rice rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter unsalted is better


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, 180 degrees C.

  2. Bring two cups of water to a boil.

  3. Add the rice, salt, and butter to the casserole dish.

  4. Pour the boiling water into the rice mixture.

  5. Stir thoroughly to combine the ingredients.

  6. Cover and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

  7. Remove from the oven and allow the rice to sit for 5 or 10 minutes before removing the lid. When you remove the lid use a fork to fluff the rice.

Now that’s How To Cook Rice In The Oven!


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