Basic Baked Brown Rice Pilaf

A reliable method for fluffy rice with great texture.
Course Side Dishes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 192kcal
Author Aimee


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon spices of your choice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups long grain brown rice
  • 3-1/2 cups water


  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Rinse rice in a fine-meshed sieve and drain well.
  • In the bottom of a French Oven, melt butter and oil together over medium heat.
  • Add onion and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add salt, spices and bay leaf to the onion and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add rice, stir well to combine, and toast together for 2 minutes.
  • Add the water, and bring to a boil. Stir the rice once, then cover and place in the middle of the oven.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, then remove from oven, and let sit, covered, for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Fluff rice with a fork and serve


Favourite flavour combinations to add to the rice prior to cooking:
1 Tablespoon Garam Masala with 1/4 cup chopped apricots.
1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon celery seed, 1 cup chopped celery.
1 teaspoon cumin, 1 cup canned black beans.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.7mg