Perfect Brown Rice (Baked Brown Rice)

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How to Cook Brown Rice – Brown rice is notorious for taking too long, being underdone, or overdone. Forget the rice cooker, all you need is an oven. Learn how to cook brown rice perfectly with this recipe.

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Learning how to cook brown rice is an essential skill for a healthy household. At least once a week, I bake off a batch of brown rice since we made the switch away from white rice in our house. That’s right, I said bake. This recipe is so foolproof, that I use it instead of the 200 dollar Japanese rice cooker I own.

There is only one trick to this recipe, using boiling water or broth. We use broth and butter for more flavor, but water is a great option for those looking for a classic brown rice recipe. As long as you boil your water first I promise you this method for cooking brown rice will not fail you.

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How to Cook Brown Rice

Wondering how to cook brown rice perfectly every time? Brown rice is notorious for taking too long to make, being underdone and crunchy or overdone and mushy. You will never have that experience again if you follow these sage instructions from Alton Brown. Yes, Alton Brown. You ready for it?

You combine 4 ingredients, put it in a 375-degree oven for an hour and you have perfectly cooked brown rice. That’s it. This is a recipe of his from a decade ago and I’ve been making it for almost that long.

Baked Brown Rice

Baked Brown Rice Recipe alterations

I have changed a few things on occasion. Sometimes I use stock instead of water, sometimes no butter or with fresh herbs from my garden. But do not change the timing, temperature and the fact that you start with a boiling hot liquid.

One of my favorite variations of this rice is to boil off skinned dark meat for 30 or so minutes. Then, use that water to flavor the rice. Put the chicken in the pan with the raw rice and stock and let it cook for an hour. Let your imagination go with this dish, but when you need a simple brown rice recipe, pull this out of your recipe file.

If you want to make a one pot meal with baked brown rice I highly recommend my Baked Chicken Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole which is healthy, delicious and super popular on the site.

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Perfect Every Time Brown Rice

5 from 7 votes
  • Yield: 5 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Course: Rice
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
A perfect every time Baked Brown Rice that you set a timer on and forget about for an hour. Then you have delicious, fluffy brown rice.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the rice into an 8-inch square or circle baking dish.
  3. Bring the water to a boil, add salt and butter to the saucepan. Add the water to the rice and just jiggle the pan a bit to make sure the rice is evenly distributed.
  4. Cover the pan and bake for 60 minutes.

  5. After an hour, remove from oven and let sit a couple of minutes. Take off the cover and fluff the rice with a fork.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/baked-brown-rice-recipe.html

Nutrition Information

Yield: 5 servings, Amount per serving: 214 calories, Calories: 214g, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 706mg, Potassium: 153mg, Fiber: 2g, Vitamin A: 25g, Calcium: 23g, Iron: 1g

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. This turned out perfectly and I”ve been trying for years to find how to have a reliable way to make well cooked fluffy brown rice. Thank you.

      1. Sabrina, your chicken recipes have become my go-to recipes after what has become so many years of boring meal planning! Thank you so much! I would like to know how you would suggest I could tweak your oven-prepared brown rice recipe to make it a pilaf, utilizing orzo pasta in addition to the brown rice.

  2. I also have a rice cooker that I never use. I usually have the need to sauté some onions and garlic with my rice (especially with white rice), and I can’t do that in the rice cooker, so I gave up on it! lol

    1. My 200 dollar one is in the garage, but the slow cooker gets used all the time. And I am not even cooking for Harpo! I’ve been baking rice a lot recently since I have other things in the oven already.

      1. I am just making this now. I NEVER can get rice right, as well as many other dishes. I do seem to do better using the oven. I have high hopes for this oven rice recipe! I have a question. Is it 50 min or 60? Intro says 50. Instructions say 60….????????

        1. It’s going to be 60 minutes, depending on your oven. You can check at 50 minutes just to be sure. Good luck and I would love to hear how it turns out!