Oven Baked Rice

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Oven Baked Rice with Shrimps

Hello new favorite recipe!!! simple Oven baked rice.  Am I excited or what? I honestly feel like I just cracked next level code in this cooking game.

Sometime last week I was completely tired after work. Looked in the fridge and there was absolutely nothing to eat. So I threw together a few things with rice and whala! even my husband said “this tastes like a party in my mouth”

This recipe is a game changer! it’s so versatile too. Try it this exact way or throw together whatever you have on hand. One rule to live by EQUAL PART RICE TO EQUAL PART LIQUID. You dont need more water than rice. So however much rice you use, use same part water.

More tips :

  • You can wash the rice if you want but make sure it’s thoroughly drained
  • Create a seal with foil. you need trapped steam to completely cook the rice
  • Do not check on the rice while it’s in the oven. opening the pan or stirring will cause it to lose steam and not cook evenly
  • Any type of oven proof pan including baking pan and disposable foil can be used  for this recipe

Simple Oven Baked Rice Recipe


  • 2 cups rice (basmati or parboiled rice )
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup blended pepper mix (optional)
  • Teaspoon each (curry, thyme, paprika)
  • Salt – to taste
  • 3 tablespoons oil (coconut)
  • Handful chopped peppers
  • 1/2 small onion (chopped)


  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • In an oven safe pan, combine all ingredients.
  • Seal with foil and cover tightly. Bake for 35 mins.

Fluff and serve

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By |October 22nd, 2017|20 Comments


  1. Owaish Umar Khan January 1, 2018 at 6:03 am - Reply

    nice recipe loved it keep the good work up

  2. Tea (@WhatsDTea) November 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Mine burnt a bit, its still edible though. what do you think might be the reason?

  3. Chioma November 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Please can I use bulgur wheat for this? My family has fallen in love with bulgur jollof. Ordinarily they cannot tolorate brown rice and i love the extra fibre that bulgur contain. I am able to get par-boiled bulgur here.

  4. Funkysis November 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Hi does the stew base contain tomatoes? The picture of the baked ingredients shows just peppers and onion.

  5. Stranger November 7, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

    been silently following you blog till now.. can you share details for the stir fry goodness shrimps you have on there as well? Looks heavenly

  6. Abbie Ayorinde October 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Okay so I followed the recipe/method exactly and I set in the oven for 35mins…took it out of the oven after 35mins but rice is not done o! 😂😂😂 I have doubled the foil cos I figured maybe there wasn’t enough steam and added a little more water and returned it to the oven. I set the timer for 15mins so let’s hope I don’t end up with soggy rice sha. Will keep you posted.

    • Nicole November 5, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Same thing happened to me, did adding more water fix it?

      • Abbie Ayorinde November 9, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

        Yeah it did. Added a little bit more water and out it back in the oven. It was so good, my husband has asked me to make it again today! In using basmati rice this time though .

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 5, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      That’s really strange. equal part water to equal part rice will ensure all the rice is covered in water. The only thing that i can think of is that the rice wasn’t property sealed so heat was able to escape. make sure you use foil and also cover the pan, you need to trap steam in order to properly cook the rice.

      • Nicole November 5, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

        Thank you!

      • Abbie Ayorinde November 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

        Yeah you’re right. Added more water and covered the rice then the pot for the steam to stay in. I have learnt now.

  7. Amanda Chinemelu October 29, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Hi Ronke,
    What if I was using brown rice? is the water to rice ratio still the same? thanks

  8. May October 24, 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    If I want to double the portion, should I double the cooking time? I have read elsewhere that I shouldn’t, but I’m afraid the rice will be undercooked

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 28, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Hello – NO you dont have to double the cooktime. The rice will cook properly.

  9. Abbie Ayorinde October 22, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Really looking forward to making this…..looks like it’s going to make a great Sunday brunch. Which casserole dish brand is that in the video?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Purchased it from my local grocery store

  10. Jessica October 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Hmmmm. Will be trying this later. One thing, ronke no maggi?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      You can definitely add maggi if you want

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