Oven-Baked Rice – How to Bake Rice in The Oven Tutorial

Baking rice in the oven yields consistent and even results of foolproof rice that is fluffy, and airy, with the PERFECT texture every single time! The best thing about baking rice in the oven is that you can stick it there while you are already baking other things, and not necessarily turn on the oven just for that. This method is so practical for times when you are hosting, and you need a bigger quantity of food. You can bake it in a 9X13 baking pan, or a ceramic or glass dish, and serve it on the table just like that. In other words, you save some dishes over here. 

Please note that the time and ratio in this recipe are specifically for white basmati rice!


Preheat your oven to 420 F. And prepare a baking dish lined with a large parchment paper.

1). Measure 2 cups of rice and place in a colander. Wash the rice under running water until the starch is removed. ( see more notes below)

2). Place the rice onto the prepared baking dish, lined with parchment paper, add the salt and oil, and mix very well until ALL the rice is well coated!

3). Add the boiling water, mix, and fold the edges of the paper on top of the rice in order to seal it well, so most of the steam stays in.

4). Tightly cover the dish with aluminum foil, and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for another 5-7 minutes. Then carefully open the dish, and fluff it with a fork. After 5 minutes, fluff with a fork again and serve!


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Watch how to make this recipe here:

Make sure you are using good-quality rice!



Pick a dish that you can serve the rice with when it’s ready!



Let the rice rest for 5-10 minutes before removing the cover.


Give it a good fluff with a fork once or twice before serving.


Garnish with some chopped herbs for color and some lemon for presentation.





Tips for Making Baked Rice:

  • Make sure you use hot boiling water
  • Place the rice in the middle rack, for even heat distribution
  • fluff the rice TWICE before serving, 5 minutes wat time
  • Open the rice only after it had a chance to sit for 5-10 minutes after baking
  • If you need a really big quantity, better to use 2 pans instead of 1


How to reheat baked rice:

Mix the cold rice with a fork, breaking any lumps, and add maybe 1-2 tablespoons of water, just to create some steam,  place it covered in a

preheated 350 F oven for about 20 minutes.



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