Oven Baked Rice with 7 Variations!

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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. 

Oven Baked Rice
Serves 8
A super easy way to get fluffy, perfect rice without a rice cooker.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 2 cups white rice
  2. 4 cups water (or other liquid)
  3. mix-ins as desired
  1. Boil water.
  2. Pour rice evenly into bottom of a 9x13.
  3. Cover rice with water, then cover baking dish with foil.
  4. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed.
  5. Allow to cool, then fluff rice with a fork.
  1. Change your liquid, or add in spices, vegetables, or fruit to make different rice flavors!
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cookbook
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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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

I love all these rice options! We just got a rice cooker so I’m looking for new flavors to try – thanks in advance!

Diane Homan

No prob! We love the cilantro lime one!

Valentina | The Baking Fairy

Awesome!! This looks so easy. I don’t have a rice cooker so making rice on the stovetop is always a royal pain. I will definitely have to try this! Pinning for later 🙂
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Diane Homan

I hate making rice on the stove top. This is soooo much easier!

Melissa @ Made by Melissa Lee

I always bake my rice! It’s soooo much easier, right?? Love all of your mix-in ideas! Thank you for sharing:)

Diane Homan

It is so much easier! Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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?

Za. Rizik

What a relief to find all these ideas at one place ! Thank you so very much !
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Diane Homan

Thank you for the kind words 🙂

Judith Fertig

I always bake my rice! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!
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Nancy | Gadgetspicker

Great Varieties of Rice! Let’s try ’em all.
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Jack @ BBQ Recipez

This worked great! It was perfect.

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