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Easy Baked Brown Rice

Here is one for those that like to meal prep. This Easy Baked Brown Rice may not be as quick as the 5 minute versions, but it’s definitely worth the baking time.

Easy Baked Brown Rice

I won’t make brown rice any other way from now on. Easy Baked Brown Rice always comes out light and fluffy everytime!

Easy Baked Brown Rice

I usually make this on a Sunday and use it throughout the week for my egg white breakfast bowls.

Easy Baked Brown Rice

Perfect Brown Rice

Brown rice should have nutty flavor with more texture that’s slightly sticky and a bit more chewy than white rice. Here are some benefits to baking your rice:

  1. Baking allows the rice to cook more gently and evenly, reducing the risk of burning your rice. Cooking rice on the stove top can sometimes lead to burned rice on the bottom of your pan.
  2. Baking your rice also allows you to use less water. Most stove top methods have you add more water to prevent scorching your rice but this just makes your rice soggy and over cooked.

Adding boiling water to your rice helps to keep the cooking time to 1 hour, versus using cold tap water. Plus using a tight seal on top of the baking dish is super important.

Be sure to flavor your rice before it goes into the oven. A little bit of fat and salt will help keep the rice nice and fluffy! And lastly, once the rice comes out of the oven, be sure to fluff to separate the grains and then cover it with a clean dish towel to absorb the moisture. This keeps the moisture from going back into your rice.

Easy Baked Brown Rice

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Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook.

Easy Baked Brown Rice

Easy Baked Brown Rice

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

This fluffy baked brown rice has a earthy and nutty flavor and is easy to make.


  • 1 ½ cups brown rice
  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter or vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Adjust and oven rack to the center of the oven and heat oven to 375 degrees. Pour rice in an 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. Bring water and butter to a boil in a small covered saucepan. Once the water boils immediately stit in the sale and pour water into the baking dish. Cover tightly with a double layer of foil and bake for 1 hour, until the rice is tender.
  3. Remove the rice from the oven, uncover and fluff rice with a fork. Cover the dish with a clean kitchen towel to catch the moisture and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and let rice stand for another 5 minutes and serve.


*Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary.*

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary.*

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