Culinary Techniques: How To Cook Brown Rice And Lentils In The Oven

Culinary Basics - How to Bake Rice and Lentils

Part of culinary basics is learning different cooking techniques to make your recipes come out perfect each and every time.

I confess that I love brown rice and lentils but I have a bit of a hard time getting them to cook to perfection on the stove top.

I have found that for me, baked brown rice works best for me. Same thing with a recipe I use with baked lentils and brown rice.

I like the consistency of knowing every time I make a dish that it will turn out perfectly and with these 2 recipes and using this cooking technique, you will see what I mean.  It is the perfect way to cook lentils and brown rice and achieve the perfect texture.

Oven Baked Brown Rice


  • 1-1/2 cups long medium or short-grain brown rice
  • 2-1/3 cups water (or substitute broth)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt if desired
  • Herbs of choice


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Spread your rice in an 8-inch square baking dish.
  3. Bring water to boil - add olive oil.  Once boiling, stir in salt and herbs if using.
  4. Pour water over rice. 
  5. Cover dish tightly with a double layer of foil and bake in the oven until rice is tender - about 1 hour.
  6. Remove baking dish and uncover.  Fluff with a fork.
  7. Cover dish with clean kitchen towel and let stand for about 5 minutes.
  8. Uncover and let it stand again for 5 minutes and serve.


  • Diced celery and onion 
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Diced raisins or dried cranberries
  • Steamed chopped carrots or broccoli
  • Steamed chopped asparagus spears
  • Cooked black beans or kidney beans

Brown Rice and Lentil Bake


  • 2 small onions
  • 2 cans low sodium chicken broth (each 14-1/2 oz)
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1-1/2 cups lentils rinsed and picked over (use yellow, orange or green)
  • 1 cup dry brown rice (regular not quick-cooking)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Clove of garlic minced/crushed
  • Pepper if desired
  • Salt if desired
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced fat shredded mozzarella or Swiss cheese (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Chop onions and garlic.
  3. Mix all ingredients EXCEPT CHEESE in a large bowl and turn out into a vegetable sprayed 13 x 9 pan or large baking dish.
  4. Bake uncovered for 90 minutes.
  5. After 90 minutes of baking time, sprinkle cheese over top and bake until the cheese melts.

This recipe serves 6 - 1-1/4 cup servings.

Summing It Up

If you want a foolproof technique to cook white rice, brown rice and lentils, try a baking recipe.  It eliminates the decision of trying to figure out how high is simmer, will you end up with soupy rice or dry rice.  Same goes with lentils.

I usually don't have too much trouble cooking anything but rice throws me sometimes with the inconsistency of temperature and what my finished product turns out like.  I like knowing every single time I make something that it will be 'perfect' in texture and taste. 

Baking brown rice and lentils has afforded me that luxury and that is my preferred method for cooking them.

Part of the culinary basics is knowing that methods work best for you, the cook, and this method has proven itself to be a winner for me over and over.

Culinary Basics: How to Bake Rice in the Oven

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Voted up and book marked. Thanks much, much for the easy recipes! Glad I'm reviewing your titles--simple foods mixed with all the festive foods is what we need right now!

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

You, too~!

jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Well i certainly appreciate this hub and you for posting it , rice , is something i do not eat often , or pasta for that matter but when i do , i generally cant eat the brown rice i cook , its tough and /or hard lol , yuk! Thanks for this ! have a great day! :)

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Jami - I think you'll like it - of all the things I can cook, sometimes I have fits with rice - this works for me and I never have to worry about it!

jami l. pereira 5 years ago

For as long as i can remember i cant cook brown rice worth a damn , i have a rice cooker and i have cooked it on the stove top , using various methods , and i really like brown rice compared to white , but i cant cook it , its always tough and or hard and so i started to hate it , but i have never tried it in the oven ... this i have got to try! Thanks very much for the new rice direction! much appreciated!voted up and awesome:)

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks Betty - this makes a wonderful dish all by itself or as a side to a rolled white fish with asparagus!

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Betty Reid 6 years ago from Texas

Fascinating. I often cook brown rice and lentils on the stove, and I had no idea you could cook it in the oven. Interesting herbs and additions you are using.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks again for stopping by, Katie - you're reading all my recipes today and it is greatly appreciated! I love this one too as again, I cannot possibly screw it up. It is a great side dish with fish rolled up with asparagus.

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I'm loving your great beans and rice recipes, this brown rice and lentils is a fave in my household. Thanks :)

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for reading, msannec! It is an easy way to always 'get it right' for me. Hope you enjoy it.

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msannec 6 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

Thanks so much for sharing this! I love both brown rice and lentil. I can't wait to try it this way!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks, Darski - enjoy! I do this dish with fish and it is SOOO good.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Wow, these are all the things I love, I was raised on Lentils, now I know how to bake brown rice, and I add everything to my lentil. Thank you so much, I must mark this hub to come back after I shop. Love your hub, awesome, useful and thumbs up

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Yes - located my whatchamacallit and Bob did indeed have it! He's always trying to be a gal and all that as we well know with his Victoria's Secret underwear....hope you like the recipe after all that! Always a chuckle from you Charlie....needed one today as I feel as old as a burned up recipe of brown rice!

ralwus 6 years ago

did you find it? maybe Bob has it somewhere cooking up naked cats for those dogs. I must try you lentils and rice. Cheers

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

It really is delicious - especially with fish. I do a white fish rolled up with asparagus and then serve this on the side with a salad. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

Great idea, baking your rice and lentils. Will try it!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Charlie - thanks so much for your input - I have to check for my whatamacalit! I may be fresh out!

Anginwu - good deal - I love to use my rice cookers too but then I always feel like I'm 'cheating'. Thanks for stopping in.

Hello, hello - glad to be of service - hope you like it!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I love lentils and certainly will try your receipees. Thank you.

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anglnwu 6 years ago

I just learned another way of making brown rice. I always make mine in the rice cooker but yours sounds interesting. I'm going to try it. Thanks and rated it up.

ralwus 6 years ago

I like to use my Oriental what-cha-ma-callit clay pot. It gets a nice crust on the bottom and I can also use it to bake bread. Good stuff Audrey. Woot! Now I am most hungry.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

I especially love the lentils and rice one with fish - and yes - it is a great inexpensive dish and one I cannot screw up even if I double, triple try!

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

This sounds great. I've been looking for inexpensive meals and love beans and rice, so...

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