Life-Changing Baked Rice

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 25 minutes January 23, 2010

Once you try this method of cooking white rice in the oven, you’ll never go back to the stovetop method again.

Recipe from The Wednesday Chef.


  • 1 Tbs. olive oil or butter
  • 2 cups basmati or long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups (or 2 3/4 cups, if you like dryer grains) water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Heat the oven to 350ยบ. Pour the olive oil or place the butter in a heavy saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and set the pan over medium-high heat. Throw in the rice and stir it until the oil or butter coats all the grain. Cook, stirring, for a few minutes. The rice will look glassy and smell toasty.

Pour in the water, add the salt, and bring to a boil. Stir the rice once, then cover the pot and place in the oven. Set the timer for 13 minutes.

After 13 minutes, remove the pot from the oven. Do not remove the lid from the pot and let the rice rest for five minutes. After resting, fork through the rice to fluff it and serve.

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