How To Cook Rice For One

Cook perfect rice every time with this simple oven baked rice recipe. Made with just a small amount of rice, water, butter, and salt. So easy to make! Baking is the secret to making perfect rice.

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Today I’m showing you how to cook rice for one person by baking it in a toaster oven. This single serving baked rice recipe works exactly the same in a normal oven.

Rice – the simplest of simple foods, yet a completely enjoyable when accompanying any protein of your choice.

Rice when paired with chicken, beans, fish or steak completes a meal. Then, when you add spices to the rice, just like I did in this Chicken and Golden Rice recipe, you’ve taken rice to a whole new level.

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When you’re cooking for just one person, you simply want one single serving of rice.  Not a pot of rice which will leave you with leftovers that you think you might use later in the week but forget about.

How to Make Rice for One Person

Place 1/4 cup of white rice (not instant rice) in a oven safe ramekin.

Pour in 3/4 cups hot water, a pinch of salt and 1/4 tablespoon of butter.

Cover the ramekin with foil and place on a small baking sheet and bake for 40- 45 minutes until water is absorbed and rice is tender.

The baked rice cooks perfectly every time.

When you cook rice in an oven, you free up your stove to prepare other parts of your meal and there’s no need to keep checking to see if the rice is cooked. You pop it in the oven and forget about it.

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A lot of folks have asked me which toaster oven I recommend.  I use a Hamilton Beach 6-slice toaster oven.  This particular model bakes, broils and toasts and I love it.

As mentioned, you can cook the rice in the oven for the same amount of time at the same temperature too.

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Best Dish To Use For Baked Rice

For this baked rice recipe, I use a 5-inch baking dish. For best results, use a dish of similar size.

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Rice Recipe

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How To Bake A Single Serving Of Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rice
Servings: 1 serving of rice
Calories: 193kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/4 cup long grain rice
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 tablespoon butter
  • pinch salt


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Pour the rice in an oven safe ramekin or small baking dish. Add the water, butter and salt.
  • Cover ramekin with aluminum foil and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 53mg | Vitamin A: 1.8% | Calcium: 1.3% | Iron: 2.1%
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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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7 thoughts on “How To Cook Rice For One”

  1. Thank you so much for this method I always hated how much rice I seemed to waste when all I wanted was one serve. This is a brilliant option and I will be using it all the time now, thanks again.

  2. I tried this with both white and brown rice. One ramekin had all white and the other all brown. I did not use butter. It worked perfectly and the rice tasted amazing. I love this recipe and will do this often. The brown rice does take a bit longer. I ended up taking off the tinfoil and microwaving the brown rice with a paper plate on top so that the white and brown rice would be done around the same time. Microwaving it for a few minutes at the end worked perfectly to speed up the cooking process. Thank you for this!

  3. Thank you so much , I will make the rice and others ones I am 66 woman live alone in a condo . Most of the people here are 70 and over ,Has they say I am the baby .They have family to visit, not me family to far away.So sometimes just for me easier to make toast ,ceral ,sandwich ,Soupe but I like soupe . I will try to go on pinterest to get your recepies or if you can sen me somes recepies Thank you …

      1. Hi Joanie.. I can’t wait for the FB group to get into full swing! I’m correcting myself here in Rosie’s post – I wrote Joanne in my application to the private FB group, and I meant to write your name correctly: Joanie! Sorry ’bout that!

        Love your site!

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