Grandma’s Baked Tasty Rice

baked tasty rice

My grandma’s Baked Tasty Rice is the ultimate comfort food. Grandma was the first to acknowledge that she wasn’t a cook- she told me she cooked what she had to in order to have food on the table. In fact, she was 4’11” and only weighed about 100 pounds because she said she ate only because she knew she had to, not because she enjoyed it.

Yeah, I didn’t understand what she was talking about, either.

But there were a few recipes that we all loved of hers. A chicken and rice casserole and her wonderful Christmas cookies come to mind, but mostly everyone loved tasty rice. We requested it at most family gatherings and I’m sure all of us made her write the recipe down so we could make it. And wherever we took it, people always seemed to love it as much as we did.

My cooking has changed over the years and I no longer buy soups in cans that the original recipe called for, so I have adapted the recipe to work with bullion and broth. It’s still “tasty” and is so simple you won’t believe it. If you have a meat dish that needs to bake, put this rice in right next to it and all you have to think of is a salad.

tasty rice ingredients in bowl

After placing the butter, bullion and rice in a bowl, add the liquid ingredients and do not stir (grandma underlined this on the recipe she gave me) – just cover and place in the oven.

See why we all wanted the recipe?

tasty rice on plate

When you take it out of the oven, you give it a quick stir to distribute the butter and bullion and serve. Mmm…it’s kinda creamy and kinda not and when it hits your mouth it’s hard not to eat too much. Yeah…good luck with that.


Grandma’s Baked Tasty Rice

  • 1 Tb. organic bullion (the original recipe always used beef, but chicken works well, too)
  • 3 TB. butter, cut into three pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. marjoram
  • 1 cup long grain white rice*
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth (or water, but broth gives more flavor)
  1. Place the bullion, butter, marjoram, rice, and broth (or water) in a baking dish, preferably one with a cover. Do not stir or mix.
  2. Place in the oven, covered, at 350 degrees for one hour.
  3. Stir before serving.

*I often make it with brown rice – either short or long – though it usually needs an extra 15 minutes of cooking time.



  1. says

    I tried your recipe last night and it was delicious! This will be my go to recipe from now on. :) I posted it on my blog if you’d like to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    This sounds very good, I will have to try it. Seems a little similar to what I fix once in awhile. rice with chicken bullion, and cooked carrots. I love the three together.

    • Jami says

      The original used a cube of bullion and 1 can of Campbell’s Beef Bullion + 1 can of water. I simply add a bit more bullion and use 2 c. of water, so not too much difference. 😉

    • Jami says

      Original recipe: long grain white rice. I more often use short grain brown rice, which usually needs an hour to 1 hr and 15 min. Long grain brown also works at the longer time.

  3. Teresa says

    I finally made this recipe and “how my goodness” I can’t stop making it. My husband loves rice but it was just ok until I made this. I use homemade broth that I keep on hand in freezer and I can honestly say I have now made this recipe every week for 1 1/2 months. We r not tired of it and it makes great leftovers:) I use Braggs seasoning called “Sprinkle”which is a herbal one ( instead of bouillon) and wowza it’s good rice! I have been spreading this recipe around to all my friends. Right now I have your grated carrot recipe in the oven…got to try all ur recipes since ur rice is soooo yummy! Blessings :)

    • says

      I’m so glad to read this, Teresa!! It’s one of our family standbys, obviously, but since I haven’t updated the photo, it doesn’t get the love I think it deserves. :) I use my homemade broth now, too, and I love the idea of the Braggs seasoning, I’ll have to try that!

  4. Julie says

    Made this tonight exactly as the recipe is written. Used my homemade bone broth and long grain brown rice. It was amazing! Can’t believe how easy and delicious. My 7 and 3 year old gobbled it down along with your slow cooker chicken and steamed broccoli. Huge hit! My only regret was not making more to pack in lunches tomorrow. Thank you for the great recipes….I make so many of yours!

    • says

      It makes me so happy to read this, Julie – not only that you like this special-place-in-my-heart family recipe, but that you are finding other recipes for your family’s menus! My kids are in college now and the one dish they request the most when they’re home is Tasty Rice. :)

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