Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Buttered Rice - How to make your own rice side (various)

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This is one of our favorite ultimate sides, "buttered rice".  Easy, budget friendly and delicious.  I highly encourage you to not buy another "minute rice" or better yet, rice mix ever.  Not after you read this post.  You will save a ton of money, first and foremost, it is much healthier to make your own and finally, it's absolutely delicious and your family will love it!!
Looking for more flavor ideas?  You've come to the right place!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time:  5 minutes
Cook time: 17 minutes
Yield:  4-6 servings

1-1/2 cups white long grain rice
3 cups water
3 tbsp butter ( I used unsalted)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper

-Using a medium saucepan add your butter and allow to melt over medium heat.  

-Once melted, add your rice and saute with the butter for approximately 2 minutes.

-Add your water and your seasonings.  

-Let the rice mixture come to a full rolling boil.  Meaning that the bubbles are still going even after you turned our burners off.

-Turn off heat, cover, and let rice sit for approximately 17 minutes.

-When time is up, simply fluff with a fork.

How easy was that?  I know right?  Very simple and seriously delicious!

So you're going to ask me; "Didi what about these rice mix substitutions you were talking about"?  Ahhhh, you have come to the right place.  The best variations ever.  Mix and match according to your family's taste preference.  

Chicken side:  Cut butter back to 1 tbsp, add 1 tbsp chicken base or 2-3 chicken bouillon cubes to the water, omit salt.

Beef side:  Cut butter back to 1 tbsp, add 1 tbsp beef base or 2-3 beef bouillon cubes to the water, omit salt.

Spanish Side:  Cut butter back to 1 tbsp.  Add 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/2 chopped onion to the rice when you saute.  1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp cumin. Saute as above, making sure onion becomes almost translucent.  Add in one can (14.5) diced tomatoes along with the water and proceed as above.

See?  Did I not tell you?  You can mix and match flavors, create your own all for a fraction of the price with many health benefits to boot.

Have I convinced you yet?

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Great post Didi, the possibilities are endless. And thanks for breaking down the measurements, that's a huge help:)

  2. You are most welcome Linda dolly!! :-)

  3. And much less sodium than the stuff in the box. And if you have extra white rice, you can make pudding!

    1. Mmmm Alex, pudding!!! Love rice pudding!!!

  4. We often tend to underestimate the side dishes but they can elevate or they can sink a good main course if they are not well prepared. Your rice is creamy and delicious my friend!

    1. Thank Katerina mou. You are correct, sides are extremely important. After having a conversation with a few readers, it dawned on me that there are many people that honestly do not know how to make a basic rice. I'm hoping my tutorial helps them.

  5. Es un arroz básico pero en la cocción está la clave ....buen tutorial Didi para los novatos,siempre es de utilidad,abrazos y abrazos.

  6. Printing this one off a I use rice a lot & this gives very excellent tips. Thank you Didi!!


    1. Patti excellent!! I'm so glad I could help. I just caught a typo so I'm hoping you come back and read before printing.

      You turn off the heat, and then let the rice simmer for 17 minutes...

      Off to correct!!

    2. Thanks Didi! Spanish rice is hubby's favorite. And I really like that you are not using the packaged mixes. I am totally getting away from those.


    3. I haven't bought mixes in yrs Patti. So much more budget friendly and a ton healthier!!!

      Spanish rice is hubby's favorite too!! Must be a man thing, lol