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How To Bake 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.

a bowl of rice with chopped parsley on top.

Baked rice is a foolproof method for making fluffy, perfectly cooked rice. There are many ways to cook rice but my favorite method is by cooking it in the oven. It's an easy hands-off approach. You just combine the ingredients together in a small baking dish, set the oven, and let the rice cook.

This method works with any kind of rice you are cooking - long grain, short grain, white or brown. When rice is cooked in the oven, the heat is distributed more evenly. This means that the rice cooks more evenly in the pan.

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Two ramekins of baked white rice next to a measuring spoon of uncooked rice and two spoons on a white cloth napkin

When you're cooking for one, many times you want one serving of rice - not an entire pot. That's what makes this recipe perfect. You make just the amount you need.

How to Cook Rice for One Person

  1. Place 1/4 cup of white rice (not instant rice) in a small baking dish or ramekin.
  2. Pour in 3/4 cups hot water, a pinch of salt and 1/4 tablespoon of butter.
  3. 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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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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baked rice in a white ramekin

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
Keywords: 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 salted 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: 90IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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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18 thoughts on “How To Bake Rice For One”

  1. 5 stars
    My first week actually cooking for myself and this recipe was not only super simple but also super delicious! Brown rice took 85 minutes to achieve full fluff and this was after pre-heating.

  2. Love this site! I doubled the recipe (1/2 cup rice), and found it “yummy, but gummy.” Any suggestions for reduced the sticky factor?

      1. 5 stars
        Omg amazing what needs to be said. I wanna where have you been all my life lol. You r amazing with your cooking for one. I was a Leary about the rice in the oven but turned out great. Can you recommend some other small pans to use for your dishes. I order the one you use in your receipe but always is delivered broken from Amazon.

      2. Hi Mary,

        I’m so happy you enjoyed the rice. I love cooking it in the oven, it’s so easy and the texture – perfect. I’m so sorry the dishes delivered from Amazon arrive broken, it’s so frustrating when that happens. I’ve found similarly sized dishes at places like Home Goods and Tuesday Morning (maybe they have those stores in your area). Other readers have found smaller sized dishes at Aldi and Target. You might also find gently used dishes at Goodwill or at other thrift stores.
        Hope this helps a little and thank you for taking the time to let me know you are enjoying the recipes.
        Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. 5 stars
    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.

  4. 5 stars
    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!

    1. I know it will take a bit longer to bake brown rice but since I haven’t tested it, I can’t tell you exactly.

  5. 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. 5 stars
        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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