Fluffy seasoned rice and oven roasted vegetables, all baked in one pan? YES YOU CAN! The veggie juices drip down into the rice while it’s baking so it absorbs all that extra flavour. It’s like free vegetable broth. While this Oven Baked Rice and Vegetables is great as a side, I usually have it as a meal!
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I probably should be sharing an Asian recipe to be on theme, but I’m so overdue on this Oven Baked Rice and Vegetables, I must share it today! This is a reader request – well, I should say readerS. After sharing my Oven Baked Chicken and Rice earlier this year, I had an astonishing number of people requesting a vegetable version. So here it is!
When it comes to this Oven Baked Rice and Vegetables, there is only one rule – you have to use LOTS of veggies. And I’m not just saying that to sound cheeky, I’m being serious. Because you need enough to cover the rice entirely while it’s baking. This serves 2 purposes:
- Acts as a cover for the rice, allowing it to essentially “steam” like it does when cooked on the stove; and
- The juices that drip from the veggies while they are roasting on top adds flavour to the rice. It’s like free vegetable broth that is all sucked up by the rice.
I used carrots, zucchinis, corn, capsicum/bell peppers, onion and cauliflower, all of which are standard for my weekly shop. I’m sure you can make yours much more exciting than mine. 😉
When you bake the rice and roasted vegetables in one pan, the reality is that there is only so much veggies that get the benefit of the beautiful oven roasting char. So when you are spreading the veggies across the top of the rice, make sure to be fair! Get a bit of each type of veggies on the surface so you get some char.
And for those veggies that can live without being roasted, like carrots, broccoli and peas, cook them IN the rice, rather than on the surface, or shove them down under the other veggies. Leave the surface for veggies that really benefit from being browned in the oven – in my world, that includes: onions, zucchinis, cauliflower, capsicum / bell peppers.
As for the rice?
It’s seasoned. It’s fluffy. It’s sucked up all those vegetable juices.
Frankly, it’s the best part of this recipe. 😉 But we must eat our veggies! – Nagi x
PS I expect many people may think of this as a side dish to pair with a protein, but in all honesty, I have it as a meal. I don’t think I’ve ever made it as a side.
PPS You won’t need a sauce with this if you serve it fresh. The roasted veggies are juicy and the rice is flavoured. But if you want a sauce, a simple yoghurt + lemon one would pair great with this. Recipe in the notes.
PPPS Those who are fans of the Oven Baked Chicken and Rice may notice that this recipe doesn’t call for the step to “oven saute” onions before adding the rice. The reason is because this recipe gets extra flavour from the veggie juices that drip into the rice while baking. 🙂
- 1 ½ cups long grain rice (or basmati or jasmine) (Note 1 for other rice types)
- 1 ½ cups / 375 ml chicken or vegetable broth (I use chicken)
- 1 ¼ cups / 315 ml water
- 2 garlic cloves , minced
- 2 medium carrots , cut into 1 cm thick slices, larger pieces halved
- 30g / 2 tbsp unsalted butter (optional)
- 1 red onion , halved and cut into wedges
- 1 capsicum / bell pepper , cut into 2.5cm / 1" pieces
- 1/2 small cauliflower , broken into florets
- 2 zucchini , cut into 2cm / 4/5" chunks
- 2 corn cobs , each cut into 3 (6 small cobs)
- 1/4 cup olive oil , plus more for drizzling
- 1 ½ tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp thyme or other dried herb of choice
- 1 tsp garlic powder (or onion powder)
- 1 tsp salt (Note 3 for low sodium)
- 1 tsp pepper , plus extra
- Finely chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 200C/390F (standard) / 180C/350F (fan / convection).
Mix Spice Mix in a small bowl.
Place Rice ingredients in a baking dish (including the carrots), about 23 x 30 cm / 9 x 13". Add 1 1/2 tsp Spice Mix. Stir, cover with foil, bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, place Roasting Vegetable ingredients in a large bowl, drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil. Sprinkle over remaining Spice Mix. Mix well - hands are best for this.
Remove rice from oven.
Turn oven UP to 220C/430F (standard) / 200C/390F (fan / convection).
Take off foil. Spread the Roasting Vegetables on top of the rice. Make sure there's a bit of each type of vegetable on the surface. Push corn mostly under.
Drizzle with more oil (optional), sprinkle with more pepper.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, rest for 5 - 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Push vegetables aside, fluff rice and toss it through the vegetables a bit (rice gets more flavour). Serve!
1. This recipe is best made with white long grain rice because it's less sticky than short and medium grain. Basmati and jasmine will also work - same cook time. Risotto and paella rice are not suitable. Brown rice will take about 1 hr 10 minutes in the oven. So bake covered in foil for 40 minutes, then spread over vegetables and bake for a further 30 minutes.
2. OTHER VEGETABLES: You can use any vegetables that you want for this recipe that are suitable for roasting, but you'll need to cut them to size so they roast in 30 minutes. Or you could add them with the carrots at the beginning of the recipe, in which case they need to be able to hold up to a full 50 minutes baking time.
When choosing veggies, bear in mind that there is only so much surface area and only those veggies on the top will get charred like traditional roasted veggies. That is why I choose to cook the carrots in the rice and to push most of the corn under - they are tasty even without being browned from the roasting.
For vegetables that cook quickly like asparagus and green beans, toss them on top for the last 15 minutes of bake time (otherwise they'll be a soggy mess).
3. If you would like to lower the sodium in this, use low sodium broth and reduce the salt to 1/2 tsp and increase the garlic powder and thyme by 1/2 tsp each.
4. YOGHURT SAUCE: The roasted veg are juicy and the rice is seasoned so I don't need a sauce with this. However, if serving the next day, the rice does tend to be drier so a sauce is nice. I normally just use a mix of yoghurt + lemon + olive oil.
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