Oven Baked Rice with 7 Variations!

Oven Baked Rice | Homan at Home


Normally I use my rice cooker to get perfect rice every time. That works, until you only have a 3 cup rice cooker and you’re planning a shish kebab party with multiple couples. I didn’t feel like putting batch after batch through the rice cooker. Instead, I tried this tip from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. It’s the simplest thing in the world, and it gives you the perfect rice every time. 

Oven Baked Rice | Homan at Home


Gorgeous, fluffy, no extra liquid rolling around, and NO MESS! Whenever I do rice on the stove top, it always looks like a rice liquid bomb hit. None of that with this method. It doesn’t require any kitchen gadgets. All you need is a piece of foil and a baking dish. Oh, and an oven…

Here’s the method. For some amazing variations, check out the list below. 

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Oven Baked Rice

A super easy way to get fluffy, perfect rice without a rice cooker.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 cups white rice
  • 4 cups water or other liquid
  • mix-ins as desired


  • Boil water.
  • Pour rice evenly into bottom of a 9x13.
  • Cover rice with water, then cover baking dish with foil.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed.
  • Allow to cool, then fluff rice with a fork.


Change your liquid, or add in spices, vegetables, or fruit to make different rice flavors!
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cookbook
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Oven Baked Rice Variations: The Power of Mix-Ins!

Cilantro Lime Rice (pictured)

Replace 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup of salsa verde. Add in 2 Tbsp dried cilantro and 2 Tbsp lime juice.

Mexican Rice

Replace 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup salsa. Add 2 chicken bouillon cubes, 1 tsp garlic, and 1/2 tsp cumin. 

Chicken Rice-a-Roni

Add 2 chicken bouillon cubes, 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp parsley, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 2 Tbsp butter.

Onion Rice

Add 1 packet onion soup mix.

Garlic Butter Rice

Add 2 tsp garlic powder and 2 Tbsp butter.

Sweet and Savory Pineapple Rice

Cut out 1/2 cup water. Add 1 can crushed pineapple with juice, 1 Tbsp butter, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 Tbsp lime juice, and cilantro as desired.

Creamy Parmesan Rice

Replace 1 cup water with 1 cup milk. Add 4 Tbsp butter, 2 tsp garlic, 1 tsp parsley, and 1/3 cup parmesan cheese.

What’s your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!

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  1. Made this recipe as written. When it should have been perfect rice, it was still covered with about 2 inches of water. Did I miss the part where it should have said boil the water?

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