Baked Brown Rice

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
1 hr 5 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice, medium or short grain
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the rice into an 8-inch square glass baking dish.

Bring the water, butter, and salt just to a boil in a kettle or covered saucepan. Once the water boils, pour it over the rice, stir to combine, and cover the dish tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, remove cover and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve immediately.


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Wow!!  The reviews are not an exaggeration.  This really is the perfect way to cook brown rice!  It might be the best brown rice I've ever cooked and among the best I've ever had.  I substituted 1 cup of chicken broth for 1 cup of the water.  I used light margarine in place of the butter.  I also sprinkled some minced onion and soul food seasoning before placing into the oven.  It smelled amazing while cooking and came out fluffy and flavorful.  This will be my go-to method for making brown rice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ten years and going strong, this is the only recipe I have ever needed for brown rice! Use stock in place of the water if you like. Never burn rice on the stovetop again. Tasty, fluffy grains that are not sticky at all. Works with short or medium grain rice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used stock instead of water. Maybe that's why it turned out a little dry. I'll add a bit more water next time. This will most likely be my go to rice from now on item not reviewed by moderator and published
The easiest way to make perfectly fluffy brown rice! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is how to make basic brown rice. Period! And/or add onion soup mix, bouillon, herbs, any seasoning to the water. The oven does the rest. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best rice EVER item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wowza! This rice came out perfectly cooked and with the exact texture brown rice should have. Thank you, Alton Brown! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect rice everytime! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Who would think that these simple ingredients would make the perfect brown rice. Easy and delicious. I was all set to add parsley and chive thinking the rice would be bland, but, I was so wrong. This will be my only go to brown rice recipe from now on! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never been able to cook brown rice correctly. It always came out sticky. I have searched and searched for a good method and nothing ever gave good results. Thank you so much your method worked out great. I will always do it this way from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best brown rice recipe EVER. I will make it forever. Comes out right every single time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only way I make brown rice now! Can you also make wild rice this way? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great way to make brown rice. I always made it on the stove top and it always came out mushy. I love this recipe. Perfect rice every time!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so good served with a good serving of Grilled meat on the side like shrimp or fish or chicken or steak item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use chicken stock and less butter and it's terrific. When I want less rice I use 1 C. rice to 1 1/2 C. + 2 Tbs. stock with great results. item not reviewed by moderator and published
2 thumbs up by my 10 year old and my 13 year old!!!! DELISH item not reviewed by moderator and published
For those of you who this is too much rice, I used one cup of rice, 1 and 2/3 cup of water and cooked at 375 for 40 minutes, and it worked great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely the best way to make brown rice!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it! To all those who want to give this recipe a try, definitely adding a bit of your best extra virgin olive oil before putting it in the oven really brings another dimension to this dish as well. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this recipe! For the first time, I'm enjoying brown rice that I actually enjoy!! Now this will be a regular recipe for me. If you live in FL, I recommend you cook the rice at least 7 mins less, due to the difference in elevation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
PERFECTLY COOKED BROWN RICE item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best brown rice recipe ever! Perfect as written and so easy to modify with various broths, herbs and vegetables. I always make a double batch and freeze any leftovers. Thanks Alton!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with the other posters, this IS the BEST way to prepare brown rice! Came out perfect, nice and fluffy. Really easy, also. No attending to the pot! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best way to cook brown rice. I've only tried cooking it on the stove once and it didn't work out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is SO EASY...I use an oven proof stock pot with a tight sealing lid & boil the water, butter & salt on the stove top, then add the rice & put the whole thing in the oven. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy! Came out perfect! Thank you again Alton Brown! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazed not only with the recipe results but also that it has been educating the brown rice impaired for EIGHT years!!! I love the simplicity and versatility of this recipe. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
THANK YOU, Alton. Finally, a brown rice recipe that doesn't end up in a gluey clump. The recipe worked perfectly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yep! Worked perfectly. I used brown basmati & it was cooked perfectly, flaky, and delicious. I'm glad I heard about this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the ONLY way I make rice! Stovetop just ends up in burned or undercooked rice. Alton's baked brown rice is always perfect. I vary the seasonings based on the recipe, but I always use the same method. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, so easy and excellent, this was my first time making brown rice this way. This will be the only way I will make brown rice from now on. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! Rice has always been a challenge for me, especially brown rice, but this method turns out perfect every time! I generally use chicken stock for extra flavor and seasonings to go with the protein I'm serving. The result is a nutty, firm and flavorful texture. It's awesome and easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome. Best brown rice I ever made. Mine used to always come out soggy even when meticulously following the directions. This baked rice came out perfect. I won't do stove top anymore. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After years of trying to enjoy brown rice, I thought I would have to give up. Then on a lark, I tried AB's baked brown rice. This recipes makes better rice than a restaurant! Fluffy, soft and full of wonderful flavor. Plus it is quick compared to many of the other recipes and produces far better results. Nearly foolproof and cheap enough to make batches for the next day. I recommend this method of making brown rice to everyone. You will get perfect results everytime! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This comes out perfect every single time I make it. I add my own seasoning and chicken stock instead of water. I making brown rice before but not anymore item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect brown rice every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use to hate cooking brown rice. Somehow I never knew if it was quite done or there wasn't enough or there was too much water. Since I found this recipe I no longer hate cooking it and use only this recipe. It takes the guess work out of cooking brown rice. I'll cook it on the weekend to use during the week. We love using it for oven fried rice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE this recipe. I've been making it for about two years now and I would say we have it at least once a month. Although it is excellent as is, I often doctor it up a little to compliment a meal. My absolute favorite version is a little fresh thyme, lemon zest, and crack black pepper. Trust me and try it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was such a dunce when it came to cooking brown rice! This recipe is perfect every time. I also like to replace some of the brown rice with wild rice. I love the combo together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Rice was perfect. Never had a better way to cook brown rice. Next time I might replace the water with chicken stock. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton's Baked Brown Rice recipe is my go-to method for cooking brown rice. It's so versatile. So far, I've cooked it with different broths instead of water and a multitude of spices. I've even browned pork chops and put them in the pan with the rice. Same one hour, same great texture to the rice. And such a wonderful flavor! Even 2 day old leftovers are wonderful. I'm putting chicken broth, chicken breast chunks, onions and brussels sprouts in it tonight. Should be yummy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved this method of preparation! It was so easy. I doubled it and it still just took an hour to cook. The problem I have with my rice cooker is that the rice is always very moist and sticky. The result using this method was a wonderfully textured rice, that had a nice toothsome bite to it! We really enjoyed that about it. Held up fabulously to the sauce that accompanied the main dish. I will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am going to share this recipe for sure. I never heard of making rice this way but I trust Alton to know proper procedure so I followed the recipe exactly. I was amazed with how simple it was to get perfect results. Alton is my go to food scientist! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE this recipe. However, I bake an entire 2 lb bag of brown rice at the same time and freeze the leftovers in ziplocks. It's a great time-saver and still takes only 1 hr to bake. I put 7 cups of hot water, 3 Tbsp of butter and 2 tsp of salt with the rice into a 9x13 pan covered with foil. It comes out perfectly every time and is easy to reheat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This came out PERFECT!! I will never make rice on the stove again!! The texture is is just perfect item not reviewed by moderator and published
I needed brown rice as part of a diabetic diet. I've never been able to successfully make it until today. The only change I made was adding the juices I had left over from roasting some top sirloin. I had about a cup and a half of juice, and added the water to that. It gave the rice a great flavor. Next time I'll use my dutch oven like another cook suggested. This rice will be the jumping point for a number of future dishes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the only way I cook brown rice because I can use it in so many other dishes. There is no pot to watch, no scorching, and it comes out just the way we like it: separate and slightly chewy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was extremely tasty and easy. My 16 month old daughter would not stop eating it!! And, she can be pretty picky. Best brown rice recipe I have ever done! Thanks so much. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe! A great to start eating more brown rice item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh boy, finally an easy, neat and delicious brown rice recipe. I use a 2 qt. Le Creuset casserole which saves having to use foil. It takes the same amount of time. I cannot wait to experiment with adding all sorts of things: garlic and ginger sound so good to me. I don't add the salt because I make my own dog food and my dog loves it too. Thanks, Alton. Seattle vegan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first recipe I've found that cooks brown rice to perfection. It's easy to do and yields amazing results. Love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best way to cook brown rice!!! What a perfect no hassle, no nonsense way to cook rice that comes out perfect everytime! The recipe is perfect as it is, but you can certainly modify it and include beef broth instead of water, mushrooms, spices, the possibilities are endless! Had it tonight w/ Panang Curry w/ Chicken! Made the dish healthier than white rice! Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent method for cooking brown rice. Also works perfectly with blends like the RiceSelect brown and wild rice blend. Try this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best rice ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will never boil rice on the stove again (as long as time permits. This rice was not sticky, not over cooked, not hard, and definitely not bland. My family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect item not reviewed by moderator and published
to poodly56: It must be your oven temp or you did something wrong. I've made this many times, and it's perfect each time. Check that your oven's temp is as set - I'd bet it's off. Good luck next time. It's worth getting it right. Method works every time, great tasting rice, inexpensive and you can freeze the cooked rice. Just defrost, poke plastic bag with a couple of holes and plunge into boiling water for 30 sec. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So disappointed! Followed the directions to the letter however rice was only about 3/4 of the way cooked, still slightly crunchy. :-( item not reviewed by moderator and published
PERFECT every time! I can't stand to cook rice on the range anymore. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No one in my house liked brown rice, now I get begged to make it. Thank you Alton this is the most flavorful rice period. You can use it as a base for any cultural voyage your taste buds want to take. makes incredible fried rice, spanish rice and is great just plain. a bonus is the wonderful nutty aroma that baking the rice creates. And it's EASY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW! I am so impressed with this recipe. I made brown rice on the stovetop the other night and nobody ate it besides me. I tried this recipe tonight and my little boys wanted seconds! I am so thrilled...how easy, cheap and healthy! I put some fresh thyme before serving and it was just delish. I think next time, I will just add a few sprigs of thyme before putting it in the oven. Thanks Alton, what a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton never disappoints! This method is so much easier than having to stand over a pot and constantly stir it to make sure the rice doesn't stick to the bottom. Stick it in the oven and forget about it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great rice recipe. I was about to give up on rice but I can always count Alton to give food new life. I did add one more table spoon of butter when the rice was finished and stirred it in. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG absolutely the best. So easy. I'm a lazy cook but I popped everything (without heating liquid first in a oven proof dish, covered with foil, mixed half water half chicken stock and baked 1 hr 15 min. Have already made twice and is perfect every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I promise I will do whatever Alton tells me from now on.i have a restaurant and we been having troubles getting the brown rice consistantly right.this is deliecious every time.thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found the grains a little hard so I used 3 1/2 cups of water all in all I loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect recipe. I sometimes use coconut oil instead of other fat to make it healthier. It does not give a very strong coconut taste but definetly some taste if you like it. I love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really simple, reliable recipe. Do NOT make the mistake of sauteing the rice with the fat before adding the liquid, as is sometimes done to keep white rice from sticking together. It retards the absorbtion of water into the brown rice and makes it too chewy and hard. Otherwise, feel free to add whatever things you like to make a pilaf. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did not boil the water. I used half water and half veggie broth. I skipped the butter and used coconut oil instead. I just put everything in my glass 8x8 pan, covered it with foil and baked for one hour at 350. The rice was perfect and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this method of cooking brown rice. It was the best brown rice I've cooked. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe has become my go-to for brown rice, as well as for those brown and wild rice blends, i.e., Lundberg stuff. No other method has given such good and consistent results. I was getting ready to plunk down big bucks for a fuzzy logic rice cooker, just so that I could make decent brown rice, but after trying this recipe, I no longer have any need for that. One modification: because I don't like to add anything but water to my water kettle, I cut the butter into pats and place it in the casserole dish along with the salt (I also rub the bottom and sides of the dish with a little of the butter, just because. Once the kettle is ready, I just pour it into the casserole dish, and the butter melts almost instantly. Results are the same as when I follow the recipe to the letter. :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make, easy to clean up, and my family loves it with stir-fry or as a side for chicken or pork. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! perfect rice every time item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great ! I added some herbs and a little sriracha. FANTASTIC !!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did as others did and added onion and red pepper. they aught to call this "Alton's awesome brown rice"..... wonderful stuff. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton, thank you so much for this recipe! I can finally enjoy brown rice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had given up on brown rice until I tried this recipe. My last attempt turned out like mush. All I can say is DELICIOUS!! The rice turned out so fluffy. I will only make brown rice this way. Thanks Alton: item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree,this dish rates higher than 5 stars. I just could not get with brown rice and this was my last attempt. Not only am I hooked but so is my family. I have used the recipe without any changes and it was great. Usually, I use broth,any kind and I always use olive oil instead of butter. I often add chopped green peppers and onions. If you want a real treat and you like mushrooms, slice some fresh ones and add them. Yummy ! Don't under estimate this recipe, if you do not double it, you will probably wish you had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy and yummy. The first time I made it we had company. They loved it so much they asked for the recipe. I used chicken broth instead of the waterand omitted the salt. I also added minced garlic and italian seasoning. I made a double batch and froze the left overs for a quick side dish later. making again tonite. definitly a 5 star recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Honestly, five stars is not enough. This is the easiest best tasting brown rice I've ever had. I make it just like this that add my own twist in a fry pan to create fried rice and pinnapple/ham rice. TRY IT!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent!! I make many different types of rice in the oven, but never basically plain rice. I did sub ckn. broth for the water and 1/2 the salt & butter. Every grain of this rice was separate when fluffled with a fork. I also used long grain Jasmine brown rice instead of med. or short. Wonderful, will be making again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been using this method since it was first posted - but wanted to share that I just made copious amounts of rice this way for a luau I hosted. I used catering chafing dishes (the four inch deep ones and using my favorite short grain brown rice (from Costco used 9 cups of rice with 18 cups of boiling water per large pan. Added a bit of salt and olive oil. Covered with foil and voila! Same cooking time achieved the same wonderful result. So don't be afraid of adjusting the servings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used to HATE brown rice. None of the recipes I tried turned out even remotely edible, but this one is phenomenal!!!! I won't eat any rice but this now. Leave it to Alton Brown to come up with this... he's awesome. Try this with brown basmati rice! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The easiest and best cooked brown rice I've ever made! This is the only way I'm making brown rice from now on! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was AMAZING. Such a simple recipe, but has so much flavor! I used long grain brown rice, chicken broth instead of water and added a clove of garlic. Best rice I have ever had, I'm not kidding. Make this recipe. Make it now. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think it's hilarious that there are 212 reviews for a baked rice recipe using just 4 ingredients However, it is the best and I will never cook brown rice using any other method! Perfect every time and I could just grab a spoon and eat the whole thing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What an easy and fool proof way to cook rice. Where has this been all my life? We used chicken broth to add a little flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe just turns out perfectly every time! I do however dress this up a bit by using chicken broth instead of water and putting sliced green onion on top of the rice before cooking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Turns out perfect everytime! Thank you, always fun trying out one of your recipes! I usually make this the night before, than add crumbled bacon and assortment of veggies the next night for dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This bakes beautifully in my 1.5 qt. ceramic covered dish. I don't use the aluminium foil. Tasty~! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have so much trouble with rice, but this recipe is so easy and delicious. And it really has worked every single time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even though I own and often use a rice cooker this is my "go-to" brown rice recipe. The texture of the final product is flawless. Each grain of rice allows for every conceivable use; side dish, soup etc... As single guy I love being able to make (extra rice for multiple uses. I'm just adding my vote to an exceptional and simple brown rice recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
All my other attempts/methods for cooking brown rice have failed--stove top, pressure cooker, microwave, rice cooker, steamer, you name it!-- all ended in a sticky paste-like mess! Alton's method IS THE BEST for cooking brown rice that I've found!! The rice comes out perfectly cooked and ready to use in any dish. For tastier rice, use some sort of broth/stock, (chicken, beef, vegetable, etc., as the cooking liquid. You WON'T be disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only way to cook brown rice. I also like to add curry, lentils, onion, garlic and tomato....delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried making brown rice following the package directions, you could hang wallpaper with it then I found this recipe, it is the BEST, make it all the time. It is my daughter's favorite side. Have recommended this recipe to family and friends, they love it too. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried cooking brown rice in my rice cooker and it came out mushy so when I came across this recipe, I thought I would try it. BEST method for cooking brown rice for sure. I could have eaten the whole pan last night, but am saving it for dinner tonight and breakfasts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Okay when brown rice gets the kids approval it is an homerun. My kids now prefer this rice any other rice. Thank you Alton!!! I use the smarter butter (not going to name brand and this turns out fantastic everytime. Recipe makes a lot but I always do a double batch because everybody wants MORE! Oh and unlike most rice this reheats well when you take left overs for lunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! the rice always comes out so perfect. I use this recipe every time I make brown rice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Brown rice perfection, every single time! Use a good quality, long-grain brown rice, it does make a big difference. Brown jasmine rice is my favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's just brown rice. Nothing gourmet, but it comes out PERFECT every time. If you're looking for a sure fire way to cook your brown rice, this is it. I've used it many times with great success. Tonight I used long grain brown rice and it worked great even though the recipe reads, "medium or short grain." item not reviewed by moderator and published
Would this work with a mixture of red and brown rice? item not reviewed by moderator and published
yes this is a great recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved all the flavors together item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks for mentioning that! I don't have an 8" square glass baking pan, and I was thinking I'd have to go buy one. How big is your stock pot? I have a couple different ones. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Me too. And it's not like I am a novice chef! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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