I have already mentioned that I big puffy heart Alton Brown of the Food Network, so when I saw him baking brown rice to perfection, I just had to try it. Mind you this was also a few years ago, when the only brown rice that I ate and actually enjoyed was from a local chinese take out restaurant. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose, so I went online for the recipe and gave it a whirl.
I could not believe how easy it was to prepare and that it came out perfect on the very first try. I had been converted. The taste and texture was so much better than any of the instant varieties I had previously tried. Score one for Mommy and big Kudos to Alton Brown!
So without further adieu, here’s the 411.
Baked Brown Rice
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 5 min
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice, medium or short grain
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
DirectionsPreheat 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
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.
I have been using this recipe for years, and over time I have modified it slightly for my family’s taste and needs.
First, I use a 10X15 baking dish and double the ingredients. This way I get extra rice to freeze for later. Gotta love the “less work for a healthy side” for a mid week meal.
Second, I use olive oil instead of butter and add garlic powder with the sea salt. I love my garlic!
Third, I add my oil, garlic powder and salt all the the bottom of the baking dish and then add the boiling water.
Fourth, I add the rice and whisk everything together.
Finally, cover with the heavy duty foil and slide into the preheated oven. Easy peasy!
One extra tip I will pass on too. DH was not originally a fan of brown rice. It tends to be pretty bland.
Here is where I got creative.
I used the original 8×8 recipe but added a pack of McCormick Slow Cookers Italian Herb Chicken Seasoning to the rice. DH is a big italian food fan, so I knew the flavor profile would appeal to him.
After baking, the rice had a wonderful flavor that DH could
tolerate enjoy. I have also used taco, fajita and pesto seasonings. The list is really endless to create a flavor your family will like.
Does your family enjoy brown rice? Do you have a favorite seasoning you would like to share?