Oven Baked Rice Pilaf

Jasmine rice, spices and vegetables give this easy rice pilaf all the good flavors! The rice is sautéed in butter, and baked until it's light and fluffy! It's an affordable side dish for any meal and will feed the whole family and then some!

Oven Baked Rice Pilaf on white and blue plate.

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Oven Baked Rice Pilaf on fork

We were gifted a huge bag of Jasmine rice earlier this year, so I've been trying out so many new recipes to get some of it used up!

This baked rice pilaf is by far our favorite and we make it as a side for dinner at least one or twice a month! It's buttery, delicious and so easy to customize! Plus, it's super cheap to make if you're on a budget with your meal planning.

You can add so many different vegetables, spices, fresh herbs and different flavor broths to make it your own and different every time!

And make sure to use jasmine rice, or you may have to adjust the amount of liquid for the type of rice you have. We wouldn't want it turning out runny or crunchy.

This rice turns out light and fluffy with just the right texture! It's great for a weeknight or weekend meal and the leftovers are great re-heated. I'm picky with leftovers, and absolutely love this the next day.

This recipe does make a big batch, so feel free to cut the recipe in half if you only have a couple people in your household.

Oven Baked Rice Pilaf on plate.

What are the ingredients in this recipe?

  • celery
  • butter
  • jasmine rice
  • garlic
  • onion
  • chicken broth
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • soy sauce
  • dried oregano
  • dried thyme

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!

Recipe tips:

  • Toasting the rice with butter before baking is a must! It will give the rice a richer flavor and prevent it from sticking while baking
  • You can freeze the cooked pilaf for up to 1-2 months in an airtight container
  • To make it vegetarian, use vegetable broth instead of chicken and for vegan, use vegan butter instead of regular butter, as well as subbing vegetable broth for the chicken broth.


Oven Baked Rice Pilaf in a white casserole.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Easy Baked Rice Pilaf on a plate.

Easy Baked Rice Pilaf

Yield: 8 servings
Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 50 MinTotal time: 1 H & 4 M



  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet.
  3. Stir in the rice, celery and onion and saute over medium high heat until rice is lightly browned. Remove from heat.
  4. In a 2 quart baking dish, whisk together the chicken broth, garlic, Worcestershire, soy sauce, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour rice mixture into baking dish and mix to combine.
  6. Bake, covered for 50 minutes, until tender.
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Oven Baked Rice Pilaf with blue text

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  1. This is a delicious recipe! I didn't have any celery, so I just added some celery salt and even threw in some diced carrots and frozen peas. I also, didn't add the soy sauce or worcestershire, only because I just wanted to keep it simple and I'm trying to watch my salt intake. The oregano and thyme was a good addition. It really made it flavorful along with the butter. Please give this recipe a try, you won't regret it!!

    1. I'm so glad you gave it a try! Thanks so much for sharing how it turned out. We love it too and make it at least a couple times a month!

  2. Forgot to add, I didn't have any chicken broth so I used stock and, it was still delicious!


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