Rice by the Slice! A Fun Finger Food, Ideal for Baby Led Weaning

Posted on Jun 4 2012 - 7:04am by Christine

Brown rice is a nutritious whole grain – but it’s not the easiest food for baby to pick up with his fingers!

If your little one is at the stage where he really only wants to eat things he can feed himself – or if you’re doing Baby Led Weaning and those are the only types of foods you want to offer – then you COULD overcook his rice so that the soft grains will ‘clump’ together, making them easier to pick up.

Or… you could make him THIS yummy creation, which we call ‘Rice By the Slice’!

Rice by the slice

It’s a snap to put together, but it’s a dish you can serve hot or cold, adapt to suit YOUR tiny diner (see the variations notes at the end of the recipe) and allows him to happily eat his grains with his fingers!

To Make Rice by the Slice for Your Baby You Will Need…

2/3 cup cooked brown rice
olive oil
1 tbsp onion, chopped (optional)
1 garlic clove, crushed (optional)
2 heaped tbsp grated Cheddar cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 375 deg F.
Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and add the onion. Cook for a minute or two until beginning to soften, then add the garlic and cook for another minute (NOTE: The onion and garlic are NOT essential to this recipe – they simply give the final dish a more robust flavour. If you don’t feel your baby is ready yet for onion or garlic, then you can leave them out).
Transfer the cooked onion and garlic to a small bowl.
Add the cooked rice, egg and cheese, then mix everything together with a wooden spoon.
Brown rice baby finger foodPress the mixture into a small, oven-proof dish. We used an 8 inch ramekin, which we (rather lazily) lined with greaseproof foil to avoid washing up afterwards! If you don’t use the foil, be sure to grease the dish first.
Place in the oven and bake for around 20 to 25 minutes, until the mixture is set and has golden spots on top.
Allow to cool in the dish for about 10 minutes, then turn out on to a plate.
Slice or cut into cubes for baby!


  • Serve hot or cold! This is a great food for taking out and about – just be sure to keep it thoroughly chilled.
  • Add your baby’s favourite herbs.
  • Add slivers of cooked meat or extra cooked veggies to the bowl when mixing the ingredients together, to make this more of a complete meal.
  • Try different cheeses for subtle variations in flavour.
  • Substitute any cooked grain your baby likes – try nutritious barley or our little man’s favourite… quinoa (not strictly a grain, but treated like one!)

Hope your baby enjoys this simple dish!

Learn more about Baby Led Weaning

Read our Guide to Introducing Finger Foods

Learn more about brown rice

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11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Amanda Denise Atwell June 4, 2012 at 7:11 am -

    Loving the finger food ideas!!

  2. Wendy Su-Cole June 4, 2012 at 8:21 am -

    Can this be frozen?

  3. Homemade Baby Food Recipes.com June 4, 2012 at 8:48 am -

    We haven’t tried freezing this – texture could possibly be a problem on thawing and it’s possible that it might not hold together as well. But it wouldn’t be harmful in any way and would be worth a try if your baby enjoys it πŸ™‚

  4. Jenny June 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm -

    Is there anything I can use in place of egg? My baby gets a nasty rash when he has egg.

  5. Christine June 5, 2012 at 11:46 am -

    You could try tofu – a visitor contacted us previously to say that she used silken tofu in quiche recipes because her baby had an egg allergy, so I would imagine it would work just as well in this dish. Please let us know if you give it a try.

  6. Amina October 15, 2016 at 2:12 am -

    Can we give chicken to 7months bAby in a mashed or puree form ?

  7. Christine October 24, 2016 at 11:42 am -

    All babies are different so it’s difficult to answer this Amina – some babies will accept very finely shredded chicken at this stage, whereas other will prefer it to be pureed.

  8. Ruth February 15, 2017 at 10:13 pm -

    Great! Such a simple recipe and perfect for leftover rice. I’m trying BLW so used sushi rice which I’d cooked to make rice balls last night for my 6-month old – bit too squishy for him to hold (although the fussy 3-year-old loved them) but this worked brilliantly. Basically oven-baked egg-fried rice. I left out the onion, garlic and half the cheese and added cooked peas and finely diced carrot. Will definitely be adapting this recipe for months to come I’m sure!

  9. Christine February 21, 2017 at 11:22 am -

    Thanks Ruth – so glad your little man enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  10. Stefanie zou November 27, 2017 at 2:55 am -

    I CANNOT WAIT to try this as my 12 month old HATES anything even remotely resembling baby food (including pouches) but still gags on most solid foods…he has been on a food strike for weeks…and I am getting desperate! I DO NOTICE that he will eat sushi rice and I wrap it in sea weed for him..he does not like ANY nutritions foods that are supposed to be “EASY” for picky babies like avocado, hummus, broccoli, etc etc…I’m so glad for a this rice recipe!!!

  11. Christine November 27, 2017 at 2:13 pm -

    Hope he enjoys it Stefanie πŸ™‚

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