Oven-Bake Brown Rice To Remove Guesswork

Brown rice takes longer to cook than brown rice, which can make it hard to get right if you're not used to preparing it. Instead of using a rice cooker or pot, consider baking the rice with water and butter to encourage it to absorb precisely the amount of water needed.

The recipe comes from household weblog One Good Thing by Jillee, who adapted it from Cooks Illustrated magazine. Preheat your oven to 190°C while you fill a 22 x 33 baking dish with three cups of brown rice and add 36g of butter. Bring four and ⅔ cup of water to boil, stir in a teaspoon of salt and pour that over the rice and butter. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for one hour. After the hour, remove the dish from the oven, fluff up the rice with a fork, recover and give it 10 minutes to rest.

Brown rice has a lot of health benefits compared to white rice and many want to add it to their diet. Whether you use the baking method or one of the others we've covered, consider giving it a try.

Foolproof Oven-Baked Brown Rice [One Good Thing by Jillee]


    "Brown rice takes longer to cook than brown rice" - that doesn't sound right.

      Agreed. Everyone knows that brown rice actually takes less time to cook than brown rice.

        Everybody knows

        Like how everybody knows that you shouldn't swim for half an hour after eating, and that NASA spent millions developing the space pen?



              Like how "everybody knows" that cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis and that carrots make you see better in the dark?

              Common knowledge is often assumed myth.

                That 'woosh' was for you, sockparty.

                  Ah brown rice brown rice. Still, this finger's for you, Zombie Jesus.

          I think about that space pen every time I take a pencil at Ikea...

          Did you just try to disprove a pun? I don't even anymore, I just don't even.

      "Brown rice takes longer to cook than brown rice"
      Given that it's syndicated from the US site so should have passed through at least two editors, I wonder what editors do exactly...

        Coke or Meth I believe.

        They hit re-tweet?

        Of course everyone knows that Chuck Norris just stares at the brown rice and it cooks itself.

    speaking of not sounding right....i'd question whether brown rice remains healthier than white rice after you soak it in butter!


      With or without butter though, brown rice just doesn't taste...right. It might have health benefits (sans butter) but the odd taste and texture is off putting.

      Last edited 04/02/13 10:58 am

    You can also use chicken stock instead of water and butter for a better flavor.

    Summarising a third party blog post then linking to it takes longer than summarising a third party blog post then linking to it.

      But not as long as summarising a third party blog post then linking to it, though.

    How come they run articles telling me not to use my air conditioner, but it's totally okay to turn on my oven JUST TO COOK RICE!

    And you even say not to use my rice cooker. Which is designed to do cook rice????

    Also, if you're using butter to cook rice, you're doing it wrong.

    Great thread. lots of funny answers/comments. Thanks!

    There are so many easier ways to cook brown rice than this.

    I thought brown rice took the same time to cook as brown rice?

    There are many easier ways to brown rice than this to cook ... BUT... when it comes to 'brown' rice there aren't all that many more difficult ways to cook it then prepared this way, which can be hard to 'get right' instead - (Hint - Used all that baking butter if you consider).

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