How to Bake Rice? Several possibilities

How to Bake Rice
How to Bake Rice

How to Bake Rice? Rice is often cooked and served with or with other dishes. However, rice is tastier when it is fried. Nasi Goreng is literally fried rice. They are no different in Asian countries. But how can you bake rice?

How to Bake Rice?

Use cooked, non-sticky rice for frying in a pan or wok. Boil the rice and let it cool well so that the moisture disappears. Heat oil in the pan and fry a layer of rice, possibly with herbs for 4 minutes, turn and fry for another 4 minutes.

Rice comes in many shapes and sizes, and producers also ‘make’ rice for the Dutch market, such as rice in pouches. Rice is versatile and is eaten all over the world. In this blog, we are going to talk about baking rice.


Baking Basmati Rice And Other Types

Basmati rice is one of the types of rice with which you can bake well. How to do this is discussed below. You can bake any rice that does not stick, such as brown rice, white rice or Surinamese rice. When you cook these types of rice dry, you have very good fried rice.

The sticky types such as Risotto, Sushi, and Pandan rice are less suitable for baking. Because they stick, you get lumps in the pan which you have to break into pieces. If you still want to bake this rice, break the lumps in advance before baking it.

The sticking is due to the starch. What you can do with the sticky rice is to rinse it under the cold tap for about 30 seconds before cooking it. Then you rinse away a lot of starch and it sticks less. Then cook the rice according to the directions on the package.

It is, therefore, possible, but requires extra attention during preparation and baking.

Rice Baking After Cooking

You get the best result if you bake the rice after cooking. Take the right amount of rice (is on the package) or take a cup of rice per person (about 80 grams). Then cook the rice in plenty of water according to the directions on the package. This really differs per rice type and often per brand. So read the packaging!

Once the rice is cooked and you let it rest, cool the rice. You can do this by spreading the rice on a clean tray or on a sheet of baking paper. The rice should now dry and cool. That takes about an hour. The moisture has to get out of the rice so that we get a crispy layer during baking.

Seasoning rice can be done in many ways. Our rice seasoning blog gives you lots of options to flavor your rice.

Baking Rice Without Cooking

Baking rice without cooking is a bad idea. The rice must first be cooked to be thoroughly cooked. Then we bake it nice and crispy and crunchy.

When you bake the rice without cooking, the rice cannot absorb moisture and therefore does not become soft. I do not recommend frying rice without cooking.

Rice Frying In Oil Or Butter

To fry the rice, use oil or vegetable butter. You can use both, but I have noticed that frying in oil gives a better result.

What you have to do is let the oil or butter get really hot. However, the oil should not smoke, because then you can no longer use it. So hot oil that doesn’t smoke is perfect for frying your rice.

Rice Baking Spices

You can of course add a bag of ‘ready-made’ herbs to flavor the rice, but you can also use your own inspiration to season your rice.

To get you started, these are herbs you can use for your rice: basil, chives, lemon thyme, turmeric, dill, cumin (kummel), coriander, bay leaf, parsley, rosemary, saffron, and thyme.

You can also make your own nasi spice mix. You can read all about it in our blog about the nasi spice mix. Here are several spice mixes that you can use for your fried rice.

Rice Baking In Pan

A large frying pan is recommended for frying rice. I use a pan with a flat bottom (not a wok).

Heat the oil or butter in the pan. Then put the cooked and cooled rice in the pan with the spice mix, if desired. Make sure you have a layer of rice in the pan that is not too thick. This way you can fry the rice well and make it nice and crispy. Set the heat source to a medium-high setting otherwise, the rice will stick.

Now you wait about 3-5 minutes until the rice is brown on the bottom. It will also smell a bit like popcorn. Then flip the rice and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Now take a little rice from the pan with a spoon and taste whether it is well fried. If not, bake it a little longer.

Baking Rice In The Wok

You can also fry rice in the wok. It is done in the same way as frying rice in the pan as described above. However, the wok only has a small flat bottom, so you can fry less rice at the same time.

Then fry the rice per portion and certainly not all at once. It is then not possible to get the rice nice and crispy.

And Then Finally This

Do you have leftover dry rice, boiled rice or fried rice? Then take a look at our blog about storing rice. There are many ways to store rice in, for example, the refrigerator or by freezing it. How long you can keep it is also discussed.

Just ‘outside the box! You can also make rice from cauliflower. It’s not real rice of course, but it’s shaped like rice. They are actually cauliflower grains. You can read how to do that in our blog about making cauliflower rice. Give it a try. It’s really fun to do.

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