Easiest Way To Cook Rice

Let me rephrase. The easiest way to cook rice is to use a rice or pressure cooker! However, if you don’t have either of these on hand or you need to cook a very large batch of rice then I have the solution for you.

Bake your rice in the oven

1 hour later you have perfect rice

Baked Rice

Yep it’s a little trick I use at work to cook very large batches of rice but it also works well in the home. How many times have you burnt rice on the stove? Me? Too many times to count! It’s easy to get distracted with other dishes, kids, dogs, you name it.

Baking the rice in the oven is VERY forgiving but the best thing is you can set the timer on the oven to turn off after the rice is finished cooking and go about the rest of your prep. Then when you are ready to pull it out it’s still perfectly warm.

The recipe below serves a family of 4 but can be scaled up as much as you need. Also note that brown rices take longer to cook. Add 30 minutes on average to the cooking time.

Tips to cooking rice in the oven

  1. Rinse the rice to remove the excess starch. This makes your rice fluffy not sticky
  2. For most white rices a good ratio of rice to water is 2 : 3 1/2 so for 2 cups of rice you would use 3 1/2 cups of water. This can be scaled up for larger batches
  3. Cover the rice with plastic wrap first then foil. No the plastic wrap will not burn, melt or harm you in any way!
  4. For a 2 cup batch of rice cook at 350 f for 1 hour. Larger batches will take slightly longer

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Easiest Way To Cook Rice

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4 cups


  • 2 cups white basmati rice
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºf
  2. Rinse rice thoroughly to remove excess starch. This makes the rice fluffy not sticky
  3. Add rice, salt and water in baking dish. For 2 cups of rice an 8x8x2 pyrex or aluminum baking pan works well.
  4. Cover dish with plastic wrap and then foil
  5. Bake for 1hr
  6. Remove and fluff with fork
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    • says

      That’s happened to me once before and I was using a different plastic wrap. I typically use a restaurant grade brand from Costco. Skip the plastic wrap and just use foil. Baking in the oven is the key step.


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