Sharing a recipe for How to Cook Rice in the oven. Not just any rice though. Learn how to make perfect fluffy rice – every time! This will be the easiest and most hassle-free method to cook rice you’re going to try (and LOVE).

White rice in a bowl with a spoon and cilantro on top.

How to cook rice in the oven-

  • Rinse the rice under cold water until water runs clean.
  • Add the rice, water, chicken broth into a 9″x13″ casserole baking dish, season with salt. Mix well.
  • Add the cubed butter.
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 400°F. Bake until liquids are absorbed, and rice is tender.
Step by step pictures on how to make rice.

How to make rice-

There are so many methods for cooking rice. You can cook it on the stovetop, in a rice cooker or in the oven. The stove top is probably the most common but there’s so much that can go wrong. I’ve had the rice be overcooked, undercooked way too often.

So, finally, I started making my rice in the oven and will never go back to any other method again.

Close up picture of white rice.

Cilantro lime rice-

It’s so easy to turn this recipe into something with more flavor. I love to change things up a bit.

Cilantro lime rice is great. I know some people like to add the lime juice into the water during cooking, I find that just adding the lime and cilantro as soon as I take the rice out of the oven gives more flavor to the rice along with the fresh cilantro.

For this portion of rice, add 3 Tbsp of fresh lime juice and 3 to 4 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro. Fluff rice.

What kind of rice should I use?

For this baked rice recipe, you are going to want to use long-grain white rice. Uncle Ben’s is a favorite of ours. However, you can use your favorite brand.

White rice in a casserole dish with limes and cilantro.

I hope you try this easy recipe for cooking rice in the oven. Please share your feedback in the comments below if you try this method, we’d love to hear about it.

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How to Cook Rice

5 from 1 vote
Easiest recipe for how to make rice in the oven. Baked rice fluffy and perfect every time. 
Author: Valentina
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed


  • Rinse rice under cold water until water runs clean. 
  • Add the rice, water, chicken broth into a casserole dish. Season with salt and mix.
  • Add the cubed butter.
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 400°F. Bake until liquids are absorbed, and rice is tender.


For cilantro lime rice add 3 Tbsp juice 3-4 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped.
Baking time might slightly vary as all ovens are different. 


Calories: 296kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 749mgPotassium: 133mgVitamin A: 235IUVitamin C: 5.4mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 0.6mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)