Oven Baked Rice – Barefeet within the Kitchen

Tart lime juice and peppery cilantro infuse the lengthy, fluffy grains of rice with fabulous taste on this easy Oven Baked Rice.

The cilantro lime rice has been completely mixed and is ready to serve.

Oven Baked Rice

Oven. Baked. Rice. It is a sport changer, my buddies, and there’s no higher technique to strive it for the primary time than on this cilantro lime rice. I attempted baking rice within the oven as soon as years in the past once I first heard about it. However, I used to be unimpressed.

However, THIS rice? Spectacular. I may have eaten a complete pan full on my own, and my children actually loved it, too. It turned an instantaneous staple over right here.

I discovered this cilantro lime rice recipe in from my good friend Jessica‘s cookbook, Good Cheap Eats, Dinner in 30 Minutes (or less!). It’s crammed with 300 simple recipes to assist simplify dinner prep for wholesome, unprocessed meals.

If you happen to’re questioning the way to bake rice in oven, you’ll be glad you realized. It really easy! It takes simply moments to combine the elements. Pop it into the oven, and fewer than half-hour later, the rice is completely cooked.

A close up shot of the cooked cilantro lime rice.

Cilantro Lime Rice

I served every bowl with a lime wedge to squeeze excessive for much more tang. My youngest two boys most well-liked to eat their rice with out additional lime, however Sam and I squeezed additional lime throughout our rice and liked that additional taste.

The cilantro lime rice stored effectively within the fridge for a few days and we loved it with Southwest Chicken Bits for dinner and with tacos later that week for lunch. This rice can also be superb tucked into burritos, on salads, and every other method you prefer to take pleasure in your rice.

the rice has been seasoned in a blue baking dish, ready to stir.

Certainly one of my favourite issues about oven baked rice is you can get your rice began within the oven, then have the entire stovetop free to cook dinner the remainder of your meal. That makes this rice recipe an excellent aspect dish possibility for a fast weeknight meal or for these huge gatherings when each range burner is spoken for.

Baked rice can function a aspect dish or you may gussy it up together with your favourite meats (I can’t wait to strive hen and bacon) and veggies (broccoli, peas, carrots, celery… the checklist goes on!). And, don’t neglect the cheese!

If you happen to’ve by no means made rice within the oven earlier than, I positively advocate giving it a strive. Let me know which elements you add to the combo, and the way it turned out!

An action shot, pouring liquid over the seasoned rice.

The way to Prepare dinner Rice within the Oven

You’ll want the next elements to make this recipe:

  • basmati rice, jasmine rice, or different long-grain rice
  • floor cumin
  • salt
  • boiling water
  • lime juice
  • cilantro
  • lime wedges (non-obligatory)
The baking dish has been covered with heavy duty aluminum foil in this top down image.

Making this rice recipe isn’t any extra sophisticated than making rice on the range prime. Begin by preheating the oven to 425°F. Whereas it heats, frivolously grease a 9×13 inch baking or casserole dish with butter or oil.

Add the two cup of rice, cumin, and salt to the baking dish and stir to distribute the spices. Then, unfold the rice combination out in an excellent layer earlier than pouring within the cups of water.

Cowl the pan tightly with its lid, or you should use heavy obligation aluminum foil, sealing all the perimeters. Place within the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Then, take away from the oven and stir.

The cooked rice has been fluffed with a fork, and there are cilantro leaves and lime wedges visible in the background.

If many of the liquid has not been absorbed, then bake rice in oven uncovered for a further 3-5 minutes. Afterward, take away from the oven and let it relaxation for 3-5 minutes.

Earlier than serving, fluff the white rice with a fork, drizzle with lime juice, and sprinkle with the cilantro. Then, stir to mix. Serve with further lime wedges, if desired.

If you happen to’re cooking for a smaller crowd, leftover rice retains effectively in an hermetic container within the fridge for 1-2 days. And, don’t neglect that leftovers are good for making meat lover’s fried rice!

Squeezing half a lime over the cooked rice in a blue casserole dish.

This baked rice with cilantro and lime is in our common rotation of rice dishes, alongside tried and true favorites like Mushroom and Pepper Rice Pilaf and this Fried Rice with Ham and Vegetables (it’s higher than takeout!).

Extra baked rice recipes you would possibly take pleasure in embody  hearty Baked Rice with Sausage and Peppers by Stomach Full, Baked Mushroom Risotto with Caramelized Onions by 365 Days of Baking and Baked Mushroom Rice by Recipe Woman.

A close up shot of the cooked cilantro lime rice.

We additionally actually take pleasure in this range prime variation on these flavors in Pineapple Rice with Cilantro and Lime. If you happen to’re on the lookout for a rice dish with a bit trace of warmth, you should definitely give Chipotle Lime Rice a strive as effectively.

Shrimp and Sausage Fried Rice is one other on the checklist of our favourite dinners. This simple recipe is a “two thumbs up,” kid-approved, hearty-as-can-be skillet meal; good for a fast and simple weeknight dinner.

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Servings: 6 -8 servings

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  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Calmly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan with butter or oil. Mix the rice, cumin, and salt within the pan and stir to distribute the spices. Unfold in an excellent layer. Pour within the boiling water.

  • Cowl the pan tightly with heavy obligation aluminum foil, sealing all the perimeters. Bake the rice for 20 minutes. Take away from the oven and stir. If many of the water has not been absorbed, bake uncovered for a further 3-5 minutes.

  • Take away from the oven and let relaxation for 3-5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork, drizzle with lime juice, and sprinkle with the cilantro. Stir to mix. Serve with further lime wedges, if desired.

Energy: 228kcal · Carbohydrates: 50g · Protein: 4g · Fats: 0.5g · Saturated Fats: 0.1g · Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.1g · Monounsaturated Fats: 0.2g · Sodium: 400mg · Potassium: 86mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 0.2g · Vitamin A: 52IU · Vitamin C: 2mg · Calcium: 26mg · Iron: 1mg

initially printed 1/18/16 – recipe notes up to date 2/19/24

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