How to Bake Brown Rice in the Oven

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 25, 2013

how to bake brown rice

Friends…I’m baking brown rice these days. For years, I’d made it on the stovetop, as that’s how I learned how to cook rice when I lived in the Dominican Republic years ago. Then I discovered the rice cooker. I’ve only been using my rice cooker for a few months, but I love it. It cooks the rice so beautifully, and the clean up is way simpler than cleaning (and sometimes scrubbing out) the saucepan.

But I loaned my rice cooker to my sister.

And I didn’t want to go back to the stovetop. (Not that I won’t ever cook rice on the stovetop again!) But…even if I set the timer, I might not get there in time… for it to be perfectly cooked. These early days with a baby make it difficult to commit to being at any one time…even if the timer is set and the rice should be cooked perfectly. We could be in the middle of a fuss-fest, and diaper change and outfit change, or in the middle of a nursing session. Cooking brown rice on the stovetop is a fine art, and requires a bit of attention towards the end, to make sure you get that perfectly cooked and fluffed brown rice to serve for dinner.

So I’ve turned to the oven.

Baking brown rice. There are a number of “rice bake” recipes in my One Dish Dinners cookbook. But today, I thought I’d share a basic how to cook brown rice. Feel free to experiment with mixing in different spices and veggies.

Here’s the easy, side-dish, basic way to bake brown rice…

how to bake brown rice

Add 1 1/2 cups raw brown rice to bottom of a 9×13 inch glass baking dish.

(Or do 1 cup in an 8×8 glass baking dish.)

how to bake brown rice

Spread evenly over the bottom of the pan.

how to bake brown rice

Pour in liquid at ratio of 2 1/4 times the amount of rice you used. I generally do water, but if I want it a bit more flavored, I will do half water and half chicken or vegetable broth.

(2.25 * 1.5 = 3.375, or 3 3/8 cups of water for what’s pictured.)

how to bake brown rice

Press down any floating rice with a flat spatula.

how to bake brown rice

Once all the rice is at the bottom and not longer floating…

how to bake brown rice

Wrap tightly with foil.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

how to bake brown rice

Let cool slightly before removing the foil…there will be lots of steam and you don’t want to get a steam burn!

how to bake brown rice


Fluff with a fork, season with salt and pepper and serve.

And that’s how you do it friends!

Simple, deliciously perfect brown rice, baked in the oven!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara March 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I like this a lot because I won’t have to watch it like I do on the stove. Thanks


Angelica March 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Can I add some salsa and bite size chicken breast cubes to it and make it a one dish meal? I just do not know how much of each to use! Can u help me figure it out.

I did a baked white rice and chicken recipe one week ago and the rice was so under-cooked i had to throw it away! We mostly ate the chicken.
That is why i ask you, an expert! I want to use only brown rice… but i want to be sure i get it right tonight!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom March 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I’d recommend cooking the chicken with the rice (2-3 chicken breasts, cut into cubes) and then adding the salsa after that has cooked.



Lauren March 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I like brown rice, but if I want my family to like it too, I make it with chicken broth and a little butter. I will definitely try baking it. I have been making a whole bag lately, because you can freeze it when it is cooked! Seriously, that discovery has totally changed how often we use brown rice around here. If I want it as a side dish, I make it, the texture is not as good after it is frozen, but the frozen/thawed is great for mixing in soup, burritos, casseroles, all kinds of stuff. Saves me a ton of time!


Nicole April 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

if you slightly undercook it before freezing, and then add a little water and cook in the micro for 5 minutes, it’s pretty perfect!


Lanna March 26, 2013 at 4:45 am

Been doing it this way for years after seeing Alton Brown do it on his show a while back. It’s so fool-proof, it’s lovely. :D


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Maria May 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

This is the best baked brown rice recipe that I have tried, Thanks!


Melissa October 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I’d like to make this into a baked brown Mexican rice. Any ideas about what to add to serve with a Mexican main dish?


Mary October 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

Hi Melissa. Try adding some corn, red or green bell peppers, and cumin. Great Tex-Mex flavors.


hi guys April 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm
i like this rice cooker very much, it seems so nice.


Amanda September 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

I’m new to this site and it’s awesome so far. This is a great idea. It would also be nice to free up some of the stovetop when your cooking multiple things.


Robin September 25, 2014 at 8:57 pm

I have been baking my rice for years. I usually add petite peas, shredded carrot, sliced scallions, broccoli and water chestnuts to my rice. I throw it in for the last 5 minutes of the bake.


Barbara September 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm

The brown rice in the photos looks like long grain. I have short grain. Do the directions apply to all kinds of brown rice? Sure seems a more fool proof way to cook the rice, thanks.


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