Maltese Food: Maltese Baked Rice Recipe

Maltese baked rice is such a family favorite in my house. My Nanna used to make Maltese food for me all the time and now I do the same for my children. Here’s a traditional recipe from a small town called Luqa.

Maltese Baked Rice

As a first-generation American, I feel like I have to do my part to continue the traditions on! I would love to share my family’s recipe for Maltese baked rice with you! I already posted about our Maltese Torta – a traditional meat pie. So, now it’s time to show you another DELICIOUS TREAT.

Maltese food had been such a big part of my life for so long, I don’t know what I would do without it! 

As a side, most people don’t even know very much about Malta, let alone the food. It’s a small and beautiful Mediterranean island near Italy. It’s ancient and historic!

Click here to learn a little bit more if you’d like to! It’s varied history will give you some great insights into why Maltese food is how it is!

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Maltese Baked Rice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground meat
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 large jar of tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 2 cups water

Directions

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

Maltese baked rice recipe

Brown about a pound of meat and then add one jar of marinara sauce. Traditionally, my grandmother would make her own sauce, but we didn’t have enough time before lunch – so I opened up a jar and it was JUST FINE.  

You also want to drain out some of the oil from the meat. My Nanna doesn’t do this, but I am telling you to go ahead and drain the meat before you add the sauce.

how to make Maltese baked rice

Pour 2 cups of uncooked rice into your pan. Then pour the meat sauce over the rice.  Add salt and pepper plus a 1/2 teaspoon of curry.

mix eggs into rice

Scramble two eggs and pour into mixture. Then add 1 cup of grated cheese and 2 cups of water. Stir for a few minutes making sure it all blends.

baked tomato sauce over rice

Cook for one hour uncovered.  SO SO GOOD!!!! So, what do you think? Looks good, easy to make, and tastes even better! Is this something you would consider making in your home? If you do, let me know! I’d love to hear how it went!

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maltese baked rice homemade

Maltese Baked RIce

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground meat
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 large jar of tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Brown your meat and drain the oil. Then add one jar of marinara sauce.
  3. Cook through for about 20 minutes.
  4. Pour 2 cups of uncooked rice into your dish. Then pour the meat sauce over the rice. 
  5. Add salt and pepper plus a 1/2 teaspoon of curry.
  6. Scramble two eggs and pour into mixture.
  7. Then add 1 cup of grated cheese and 2 cups of water. Stir for a few minutes making sure it all blends.
  8. Cook for one hour uncovered.

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About Vera Sweeney

Vera Sweeney – mom, blogger, and New York resident – is the founder of Lady and the Blog. Her main focus is to help busy women stay on top of the latest style, culinary, and parenting trends.

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Comments

  1. Heather wrote:

    This looks so good. Did you serve it with anything else?

    Posted 2.25.11
  2. Sherry wrote:

    Omg, that looks awesome! I have been craving rice something fierce! Thanks for sharing it!

    Posted 2.25.11
  3. Angel wrote:

    Looks delicious and I will be making this!!!

    Posted 2.25.11
  4. Vera wrote:

    Im pretty sure that sauce is RAOS. 🙂

    Posted 2.25.11
  5. Sally wrote:

    i just made this for dinner for my family. it was delicious with a little watercress salad on the side. thank you very much!!

    Posted 2.25.11
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    scramble the eggs or just mix the eggs?

    Posted 2.25.11
    • Vera wrote:

      mix the eggs – don’t cook them.

      Posted 2.25.11
  7. ppd wrote:

    What kind of cheese do you use? Parmesan? This looks sooooo good btw.

    Posted 2.26.11
    • Vera wrote:

      that or peccorino romano 🙂

      Posted 2.28.11
  8. this looks so good. what would it be like if i omitted the eggs? would it ruin the whole thing?

    Posted 2.27.11
  9. Patricia wrote:

    I made this yesterday for my family and it was AMAZING! So easy to! Thank you so much for this recipe 🙂

    Posted 2.28.11
  10. catherine zammit wrote:

    hi i am maltese and i love baked rice but your looked so inviting and interesting so i might try it but i would like to know how much tomatoe sauce you used tks

    Posted 3.18.11
    • Vera wrote:

      i used a full glass jar – so 32 oz

      Posted 3.21.11
      • Ron wrote:

        Hi, are you certain it is 32oz of sauce? The jar of sauce we have only seems to be 24oz. Thanks

        Posted 5.5.11
        • Vera wrote:

          yes it’s not a can – its a jar. If anything use 24oz and see what it does. if it’s too dry – next time put an extra can in. 🙂

          Posted 5.6.11
          • Ron wrote:

            Thank you for your response. 32oz it is!

            Posted 5.17.11
  11. Mike Attard wrote:

    What kind of rice is used?

    Posted 1.15.12
  12. Donna Wallace wrote:

    I was so excited to find your recipe for baked Maltese Rice! I am expecting some SingSnap friends (that is a site where we all sing and we meet people from around the world) One friend here is visiting another in Sweden, they then are flying back here and that friend will spend 6 weeks here. We have a friend in San Bruno who is also one of our singing pals and he is from Malta! So, in celebration of us all getting together for a gathering AND to celebrate our Swedish girl’s birthday, I wanted to find recipes that each would be familiar with. Almost gave up on the baked rice recipe until I saw yours and knew THAT IS THE ONE! I do have one question, though. I know that long grain rice is usually used and small amounts of curry are used but what kind of cheese is used in Malta for cooking. Couldn’t find firm goat cheese at the store yesterday, but would Kraft shredded Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheese work, or is a moister cheese required. AGAIN: so excited to find your site, your recipes are great! All of them.

    Posted 3.22.12
    • Vera wrote:

      Not feta. Regular parmesean or asiago cheese – grated. Good luck!!!! Love this dish

      Posted 3.22.12
  13. Sarah Adams wrote:

    This looks delicious and I want to make it for my family’s dinner. I was curious; at what temperature you cook your dish at?

    Posted 4.20.12
    • Vera wrote:

      400 degrees

      Posted 4.23.12
  14. Joe Debono wrote:

    400 for how long, my Mom made this I wish I paid attention, great dish

    Posted 11.29.12
  15. Joe Debono wrote:

    At 400 for how long

    Posted 11.29.12
    • Vera wrote:

      1 hour uncovered

      Posted 11.29.12
  16. john edwards wrote:

    brings back lovely memories of malta, the reason i like this is because i am half maltese and proud of it

    Posted 4.16.13
  17. sazzie wrote:

    Hi, I made this for my family and they loved it! I knew they would as I did too when I was growing up. Another recipe I loved was a hot soup my mum used to make, it was green with pasta, corn beef,I think potato and other spices. Do you know what I mean? If you do I would love to make some if you have the recipe ; )
    Thanks.

    Posted 5.8.13
  18. Terri wrote:

    Wonderful dish! My grandmother and mom used to make this all the time. So happy to have found your blog! Happy to be half Maltese as well!

    Grazie,

    Terri

    Posted 3.28.14

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