I love this recipe because it is incredibly hands-off and doesn’t require any special equipment or skill to make. Brown rice is such a seemingly simple grain, but it transforms into this warm, wholesome, and nutritious food. This easy-to-prepare whole grain can also become the basis for many other recipes. I think it’s wonderful even on its own with some butter and a bit of black pepper.
Oven Baked Brown Rice
Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated The New Best Recipe:
1 1/2 c. Brown rice (uncooked)
2 1/3 c. Water
2 tsp. Canola oil
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 375º F. Bring water, salt, and canola oil to a boil in an oven safe pot or baking dish (I use an enameled cast iron dutch oven), then add rice. Alternatively, you can start with the rice, salt, and oil in the pot, then add boiling water from an electric kettle.
Cover the container tightly with foil, or use a tightly fitting lid, and bake for one hour (or until tender).
Remove baking dish from oven, uncover, fluff with fork, then cover with a kitchen towel for 5 minutes. Uncover and let stand another 5 minutes, then serve immediately.