Baked Spanish Rice

There are many ways to cook rice. Steam, boil, saute or fry. In fact, WikiHow has a great article on 12 ways to cook rice. But one of my favorite ways to cook rice is to bake it. This might be a new technique to you, but it is a very simple way to cook rice with consistent results.

I started making baked rice using a recipe from Alton Brown of The Food Network many years ago. Mr Brown’s old show “Good Eats” is a great program to learn how to cook and why different ingredients interact. You can find his recipe for baked rice below
.Baked Spanish Rice
This is my version for Spanish rice. I served this with Mojo Criollo marinated smoked beef country ribs, I will post this very soon.
So if you have trouble cooking rice this could be the recipe for you.
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Enjoy!Baked Spanish Rice

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice (Substitute medium grain white rice if you want)
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained.Baked Spanish Rice


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F
  2. Add rice to a 3 quart casserole dish.
  3. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium high heat.
  4. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened.
  5. Add chicken broth and bring to boil.
  6. Stir in tomato sauce and next 5 ingredients. Remove from heat and pour over rice.
  7. Cover tightly with foil.
  8. Bake for 1 hour.
  9. Fluff with a fork and serve immediately.


Baked Brown Rice by Alton Brown 

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice, medium or short grain
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Place the rice into an 8-inch square glass baking dish.
  3. Bring the water, butter, and salt just to a boil in a kettle or covered saucepan.
  4. Once the water boils, pour it over the rice, stir to combine, and cover the dish tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  5. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 1 hour.
  6. After 1 hour, remove cover and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve immediately.Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, 2005

15 thoughts on “Baked Spanish Rice”

  1. I used to bake brown rice following Alton Brown’s brown rice recipe before I got my rice cooker. This sounds delicious and I like that it includes ingredients that are usually staples in our house. I’m going to pin this to my recipe board so that I don’t forget to try it sometime!

  2. I have tried baking rice when I made Chicken Mandi. Other than that, nothing more. This looks amazingly good, Quinn. Enjoy and happy FF. 🙂

  3. Welcome to FF #74 Quinn, and what have you brought us for the Fiesta today? Oh my, a baked spanish rice dish? It will be quite a novelty at the party I’m sure, as not many folks have baked rice before, so everyone will be wanting to sample your wonderful dish, I hope you’ve brought enough to go around. Thanks again, and have a relaxing weekend.

  4. Oooooh I love baking rice, and this one sounds like a winner!! For some reason, rice and I just do not get along… it stresses me out… so baking is the way to go 🙂 I’ve baked a few rice dishes, but not a Spanish rice (which I love), so I’ll have to give this a try 😀

  5. The kids love Spanish rice. I’ve never made it like this (not sure I ever really make it), but I’ll give it a try. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

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