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How to Cook Brown Rice for One

Learn how to cook brown rice with this very simple single serving recipe. Baking brown rice in the oven is the best way to cook brown rice so it comes out perfect every time.

A closeup of brown rice baked in a small baking dish next to a blue cloth napkin

Many years ago I discovered how to cook brown rice in the oven and it’s been my go-to method for making rice ever since.

Since stumbling upon Alton Brown’s recipe, I find no reason to cook brown rice on the stovetop anymore. Baking brown rice in the oven guarantees the rice is perfectly cooked every time.

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How To Cook Brown Rice For One

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Pour 1/3 cup of medium-grain or long-grain brown rice into a small baking dish.
  3. Pour 2/3 cup of boiling water to the dish.
  4. Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  5. Give it a little stir, cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

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Brown rice baked in a small baking dish next to a blue cloth napkin

Why cook brown rice in the oven?

  1. Baking rice in the oven gives the rice even heat as it cooks. Unlike rice cooked on the stove, where the only heat comes from the bottom, the heat surrounds the pan when it’s baked in the oven. This means the rice cooks evenly and will come out perfect and not mushy.
  2. When you bake brown rice in the oven, it frees up your stove.
  3. Cooking brown rice in the oven leaves you free to prepare the other parts of your meal. You don’t need to “keep watch” over the pan. Just put the rice in the oven and focus on other things.

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How To “Jazz Up” Baked Brown Rice

Instead of using water, use chicken or vegetable broth. You might need to reduce the salt or leave it out altogether, depending on how salty the broth is.

Add different herbs and black pepper to the rice. Also try a Cajun spice blend or other favorite spice blend recipe, you might also need to reduce or leave out the salt from the recipe if the seasoning already contains salt.

Try chopped parsley and a squeeze of half a lemon or lime juice and chopped cilantro for a Mexican side.

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baked brown rice in a square baking dish

Baked Brown Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keywords: rice
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • cup medium-grain or long-grain brown rice
  • cup water
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the rice in a small 5-inch baking dish or dish of similar size.
  • Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan or tea kettle.
  • Pour boiling water over the rice and add the butter and salt.
  • Gently stir to combine and cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, remove the cover and fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.9mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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6 thoughts on “How to Cook Brown Rice for One”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ll never make brown rice any other way again! It comes out perfect, light and fluffy, without having to watch it constantly on the stove top. I added 3/4 tsp. Better Than Bouillon vegetable stock and reduced the salt to 1/8 teaspoon for increased flavor. One serving makes enough for a side dish for my husband and me, but I can double it and freeze half in a Ziploc bag for future use.

  2. 5 stars
    I love the idea of baking brown rice! I always forget about it on the stove top and burn it to the bottom of the pot 😂

  3. 5 stars
    My husband was out of town and I had to have rice… I couldn’t believe there was a recipe for just one person! It was so easy, and I didnt have to eat rice for way too many meals! The fact it was perfectly cooked was icing on the cake!

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