Monday, August 16, 2021

Mexican Rice in a Toaster Oven

I've made this version of Mexican Rice for years.  In fact, I'll make a batch just for me, and eat it all.  My late husband didn't care for rice that much, so I made it to my taste.  Which as we all know, if you're making something just for you, you should make it to your taste as well. 

And while I made this in my toaster oven, you can make rice this way in a regular oven as well.   In fact when I used to volunteer at the Senior Center and we served rice, I'd bake it in the regular oven, and it always worked out.  

But this is Multicooker Monday, and so I decided to make rice in the toaster oven.  And it worked, really well. 

There are two steps to my Mexican Style rice, but you can totally omit the browning portion, but I don't think it tastes as good.  

Mexican Style Rice

Here's few pictures of the process. 

Browning the rice

Mexican Style Rice

After the water and salsa has been added

Mexican Style Rice

The rice in the toaster oven container

Mexican Style Rice

And the finished rice

Mexican Style Rice

Mexican Style Rice in Toaster Oven

Mexican Style Rice in Toaster Oven

Yield: 2 Servings
Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking -
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 35 Min
This makes two generous servings. You can also double or triple the recipe. It makes a great side, or as a filling for a burrito.


  • 1/2 cup white rice  ( I like converted rice for this)
  • 1/2 cup jarred or home made salsa
  • 3/4 cup water - divided  in half or so 
  • 1/4 cup water (optional)
  • 1/2-1 tsp. EVOO
  • Non stick spray


  1. Heat a pan over medium heat and add the EVOO.  Pour the rice in and let brown a little, keeping a close eye on it and stirring often.  
  2. While it is browning, spray a pan that can go in the toaster oven with a little non-stick spray.
  3. Continue to cook the rice in the pan until evenly browned.  Turn off the heat and pour in the 3/4 cup water.  It will bubble and steam, but that's ok.  Add the 1/2 cup of salsa and stir through.  Pour into the pan which has been sprayed with the non stick spray.  If it looks a little dry, add the additional 1/4 cup of water.  Place a piece of aluminum foil over and seal the pan well.  Place into the Toaster Oven and set the temp to 375 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.  Take out of the oven, remove the foil and fluff with a fork, and replace the foil.  You can serve this with refried beans, top with cheddar cheese or use as part of a filling in a burrito.

 Note:  You do not need to brown the rice first for this dish, but it does taste better.  

If cooking regular rice, you don't need as much water, but an extra 1/4 cup of water per half cup of regular rice will ensure that the rice is fully hydrated and cooked.  A little of moisture will escape in the form of steam. 

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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. I rely on my Breyville almost entirely during the summer months when I don't want to heat up the house.

  2. A great idea to make in toaster oven, and this rice looks yum!


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