Baked Tasty Rice was my grandma's specialty and always a favorite of anyone who tried it. It's so easy - and really is amazingly tasty - that it may become your family's favorite, too.
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Update: see new Instant Pot directions below for making this with brown rice in less time!
My grandma's baked Tasty Rice is our family's 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 many wonderful Christmas cookies come to mind, but mostly everyone loved Tasty Rice. My extended family all requested it for most family gatherings and I'm sure all of us made her write the recipe down so we could make it, too.
And wherever we took it, people always seemed to love it as much as we did. It was just our secret how incredibly easy it was and how it turned out perfect every time.
Baked Tasty Rice
My cooking has changed over the years to whole food 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 as "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. #dinnerdone
Note: some have asked for the original recipe, so here it is: a cube of bullion + 1 can of Campbell’s Beef Bullion Soup + 1 can of water, using the directions in the recipe below. I simply add a bit more bullion and use 2 c. of water, so there's not too much difference and I've heard that the Beef Bullion Soup is not easy to find anymore.
So, how easy is this? After placing the butter, marjoram, bullion and rice in a bowl, pour the liquid ingredients over them and do not stir (grandma underlined this on the recipe she gave me) - just cover and place it in the oven.
See why we all wanted the recipe?
Shop this recipe:
- organic Better Than Bullion Chicken Base or Beef Base
- organic rice
- 2-qt. baking dish with lid
When you take it out of the oven, you give it a quick stir to distribute the ingredients and serve.
Mmm...it's kind of creamy and kind of not (I know, it's hard to explain) and when it hits your mouth it's hard not to eat too much. Yeah...good luck with that.
Update: Want to Make Tasty Rice with Brown Rice in an Instant Pot?
You can make this recipe in an instant pot with brown rice! The texture will be different though - creamier like a risotto. It's not bad, just different. Although I prefer it cooked in the oven, this is a great option for busy weeknights or hot days when you don't want to heat up the house.
How to Make Tasty Rice with Brown Rice in an Instant Pot:
Add all the ingredients to the IP liner.
Choose Manual and adjust to 28 minutes.
Do a quick release and enjoy your brown tasty rice in little more than 1/2 hour instead of one and a half hours.
Baked Tasty Rice Recipe
- 1 tablespoon organic bullion the original recipe always used beef, but chicken works well, too
- 3 tablespoons butter cut into three pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
- 1 cup long grain white rice *see notes for adapting to brown rice
- 2 cups chicken or beef broth or water, but broth gives more flavor
- Place the bullion, butter, marjoram, rice, and broth (or water) in a 2-qt. baking dish, preferably one with a cover. Do not stir or mix. (See Notes for Instant Pot directions.)
- Place in the oven, covered with lid or tin foil, at 350 degrees for one hour.
- Stir before serving.
- Add all the ingredients to the IP liner.
- Choose Manual and adjust to 28 minutes.
- Do a quick release, stir and enjoy your brown tasty rice in little more than 1/2 hour instead of one and a half hours.
- Note: I don't like the texture as well as the oven version, but it's an option for a quicker dish.
- Add all the ingredients to the IP liner.
- Choose Manual and adjust to 4-8 minutes (less for Jasmine, more for Basmati).
- Let release naturally for 10 minutes and then do a quick release. Stir and enjoy.
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Note: this recipe, as you can imagine since it's our favorite, was one of the first recipes I published in 2009. It definitely deserved to be updated with all new photos, formatting, and printable recipe so you can share it with more easily with your friends - like most people do who try this. Enjoy!
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