This TikTok Hack Explains How to Bake Rice in the Oven

This simple method for baked rice comes from a home cook on TikTok. And it's brilliant!

Rice is a staple for so many meals. It can be used as a base for casseroles, added to soups, paired with chicken and vegetables or spruced up as side dish. But long gone are the days of only making rice on the stovetop. Of course, a rice cooker or Instant Pot can be incredibly handy. But now, people can’t stop talking about how to bake rice for foolproof, fluffy results.

How to Bake Rice

TikTok creator @kelleyoz says this method for baked rice might be better than any rice you’ve ever had! Grab with a 9×13 baking dish and preheat your oven to 375°F. Add in two parts water to one part rice, along with 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover tightly with foil. Put the baking dish in the oven and bake the rice for 45 minutes.

Once baked, remove the rice from the oven and let sit for five minutes before fluffing it with a fork.

@kelleyoz Baked Rice #rice #water #baked #seasoning #girlswhocook #foryoupage #ricehack ♬ original sound – Kelley


You can certainly adjust the amount of salt added, or even add in additional seasonings if desired. Note that while Kelley says to add equal parts water and rice in the video, she added the correct measurements in a comment later.

Why Is Baked Rice So Good?

Baked rice tends to turn out fluffier than stovetop rice, and it all has to do with the heat. When rice bakes in the oven, heat is distributed more evenly in the baking dish than on the stovetop. As the water heats up, the rice absorbs the water to soften and cook the grain. Once cooked, the even heat from the oven helps to remove any excess moisture, leaving you with perfectly cooked, tender rice.

This method has other perks, too. You can pop the baking dish in the oven and walk away, no need to keep an eye on the stovetop in case a pot boils over. Plus, it frees up space on your stovetop if you’re prepping a big dinner.

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Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.