Perfect Baked Brown Rice

Brown rice, while more healthy and nutritious than it’s white counterpart, is a serious pain to cook. Even when using a rice cooker I’ve had it come out tough and not cooked through. It takes ages on the stove and the hassle had me avoiding it completely for quite some time. When I started baking brown rice all that changed! It comes out perfect every time- fluffy, cooked through and very tender. Plus, it’s about the easiest thing. Put in in the oven and forget about it until it’s finished. The ingredients are basic, and can be adjusted based on your tastes. The recipe makes a big batch, and I keep it in the fridge for easy reheating through the week. Pro tip: This has been SO handy for my healthy meal-prep adventures lately!

Baked brown rice

baked brown rice

-1 cup brown rice (short, medium or long grain)
-2 1/2 cups broth

1. Preheat oven to 375, and boil broth.
2. Pour rice in an 8×8 glass baking dish.
3. Pour broth over rice, stir and quickly cover dish with foil completely.
4. Bake for one hour.
5. Remove foil and fluff rice with a fork. Serve immediately, and store leftovers in an airtight container.

NOTE: You can also just use water in place of broth, but you may want to add about 1/2 tsp of salt and about a tablespoon of butter or oil.

  • Naomik

    I tried this yesterday and actually doubled the recipe and it worked great! So easy! I am going to cook brown rice like this all the time now. Thanks!

    • MTHmolly

      So glad it worked for you! Its fun to experiment with different flavors, too 😀

  • Amy K

    I’m going to try this out tonight. I usually make it on the stove but there is always something wrong with it. Its either under cooked after 45 minutes or it sticks to the bottom of the pan. I like the oven idea.

    • MTHmolly

      You’ll love it! It is so easy 😀 I’ve done it a few different ways, too. Adding tomatoes and a packet of taco seasoning makes awesome mexican rice!!

  • Wade Noffsinger

    I have a couple questions. Why is the pan in the picture not glass, and if I double the recipe do I need a bigger pan?

    • MTHmolly

      I had broken my pyrex square dish, so I used an old brownie pan which worked fine :) If you double the recipe I would definitely use a larger dish. A pyrex cake pan would probably work well!

  • Sarah

    Thanks for this recipe, it makes the rice taste amazing! Ill never make it any other way. :)

    • MTHmolly

      So glad this worked well for you!!!

  • MaryAnn

    Has anyone tried to add frozen mixed vegetables to this.

    • MTHmolly

      I bet that would work great! I haven’t tried it personally but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work :)