Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Oven Baked Rice Pilaf Recipe

Nov 30, 2020

Oven Baked Rice Pilaf Recipe

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


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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: Rich in vitamin k, folate and potassium, Celery is mostly water, but is a great dietary fiber. I only love raw celery with buffalo wings, but I like it cooked in so many different dishes.
  • Butter: A dairy product consisting of approximately 80% butterfat and made from the fat and protein components of milk or cream. Most commonly made from cow's milk, but can also be made from sheep, goat, yak, or buffalo milk.
  • Jasmine Rice: It has a sweet aroma when cooked and it is stickier than other varieties of long grain rice. It has a soft, moist texture and it sweeter than other rice varieties. It's primarily grown in Thailand.
  • Garlic: My love for garlic is real. I use it in almost everything I cook and I love the health benefits it offers. Garlic is part of the onion, leek and chive family. It's great for heart health and contains many vitamins and minerals.
  • Onion: The onion is a vegetable that is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. It's relatives include the garlic, shallot, leek, and chive. Onions contain antioxidants, red onions have the highest antioxidant amount.  Onions produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. This irritant floats up from the chopped onion and causes tears. Chill the onion prior to chopping to reduce irritation.
  • chicken broth
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • soy sauce
  • dried oregano
  • dried thyme


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.


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This recipe is ready in these steps:

  • Preheat the oven
  • Melt the butter in a skillet
  • Stir in the rice, celery and onion and saute until rice is lightly browned. 
  • Remove from heat
  • In a baking dish, whisk together the remaining ingredients
  • Pour rice mixture into baking dish and mix
  • Bake, covered until tender


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Easy Baked Rice Pilaf
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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

Ingredients

Instructions

  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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