Life Changing Baked Rice

I love rice. It’s so versatile, creamy & satisfying.  My mom used to make rice with sugar & butter for me when I wasn’t feeling good.  Don’t  knock it til you’ve tried it! It’s so comforting! I found this method for making rice a couple of years ago and can’t believe I’m just now trying it.  Why is it life changing you ask? Because the method of boiling & then baking makes the rice come out perfect…not gummy at all.  If you are just going to serve the rice plain with no soy sauce or other sauce, I would recommend adding in a bit more salt, but if you are going to add in another sauce it’s perfect.  This is a great, easy side dish so your rice comes out perfect every time!

Life Changing Baked Rice
Source: Spork or Foon originally from The Wednesday Chef

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 cups long grain white rice
3 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt (more if you are just serving rice by itself)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sized sauce pan with a tight fitting lid, heat olive oil over  medium high heat.  Add rice and stir until oil coats all of the rice.  Cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes until the rice looks glossy & has a toasty scent.  Add in water & salt and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, stir the rice once and then place the lid on the pot and place pot in the oven.  Bake for 13 minutes.

Remove the pot from the oven after 13 minutes.  Do not lift the lid and let the rice set for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, remove lid and fluff rice with a fork & serve.

*If you have leftovers & reheat the rice, I recommend adding in water while you reheat it so it rehydrates.

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  1. Jodi Pavlik says:

    I must try this…I always screw rice up!!

    • Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

      I have had trouble with rice quite a bit too! Hope this method works for you!:)

  2. OK, this I must try! I hate to admit it, I am a stickler for cooking things from scratch most of the time (a product of my Southern upbringing!), but I have found the best “cheat” for rice! I found a microwave rice cooker YEARS ago and it literally makes the best rice on the face of the earth. In the microwave. No stirring, no sticky pots…I have replaced that little $15 microwave rice cooker probably 3 times in 15 years, but worth every penny!

    • Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

      Very good tip Julie! I didn’t know they made microwave rice cookers. I’ll have to look into that for sure!

  3. This is definitely going on my list to try soon. Good by gummy rice, hello baked rice!

  4. I made this tonight…amazing!

  5. Elisa Pucu says:

    What I always do when make rice is put small pieces of crushed garlic and sometimes chopped onions with the olive oil and let it fry a little bit, and then add the rice. It gives amazing flavor!