5 from 4 votes
Rice for a Crowd
Oven Baked Rice, perfect every time
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Make perfect rice every time in just 30 minutes with this easy and proven recipe to cook rice in the oven. 

Servings: 4 (4 1/2 cups cooked rice) 

(NOTE: 1 cup uncooked rice = 3 cups cooked rice)

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Author: Betsy Edwards
  • 1 1/3 cups long grain rice
  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • Aluminum foil
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Place 2 1/3 cups water, 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter, and 1 teaspoon of salt in a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave till boiling.  Or heat on the stove top in a pan.

  3. While water is heating place 1 and 1/3 cups white long grain rice in an oven safe pan or dish.
  4. Add the boiling water to rice. Mix well and quickly cover tightly with a piece of foil.
  5. Bake 23-25 minutes until the rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed. If it's not done, bake for another 2 to 4 minutes.
  6. Fluff rice with a fork to let the steam out before serving. If you don't fluff it, the rice will continue to cook and become mushy and gummy. (If making Fried Rice, spread hot rice evenly on a large tray to cool.)
Recipe Notes

Use the hottest water you can easily get. If you have a bowl which is both microwave and oven safe, heat water, salt and butter in that bowl, then add in pre-measured rice to water once boiling – just be careful.

If your baking dish also has a lid, put the lid on top of the foil. But even if you have a lid, you still need to use the aluminum foil.

If you want to cook brown rice, it takes longer. Plan on about 1 hour.

Cook at 350°F in a convection oven.