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How to seasons steaming rice

Forgo store bought rice box mix, make your very own and best homemade seasoned rice recipe. It’s super easy, well under the budget and you get to adjust the flavors according to your taste.

seasoned rice served in ceramic bowl

Rice is a staple at home. We have rice in our meals most of the days. And over the years I have perfected cooking perfect rice either on stove top or in instant pot. I have never used boxed rice mixes, because when you can make the perfect rice at home and oomph in the flavors why would you want to rely on box mixes?

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When you can oomph in the flavors so much, why would anyone want to make boring bland rice, right?! Rice cooked to perfection, seasoned and flavored is the way you want to be cooking rice from now on!

Why Should You Try This Recipe?

  • Making seasoned rice recipe at home is very economical. Forgo the costly rice box mixes from the store, make your own!
  • You’ll need less than 20 minutes to make a batch of rice.
  • Recipe is very simple, easy to make and you get tasty rice side dish.
  • Amateur cooks to professional, anyone will be cooking perfect rice with this recipe. This recipes guarantees you perfectly cooked rice with perfect texture. Use any type of rice and we got your covered (check recipe notes for cooking instructions of different types on rice).
  • Feel free to use any herbs that you like. Dill, dried basil are some of the options.
  • Recipe is completely customizable. The flavors can be adjusted as per your taste preference.
  • Make a big batch and store it away to have it as sides for any meals.
  • No more boring pot of rice!

Ingredients Needed

Below picture shows ingredients needed to make herby flavored rice. Of course you can change up the flavors as per your taste.

ingredients for seasoned rice on a board

Rice: To make it healthier, you can use brown rice. Long grain rice too can be used.

Stock: bouillon cubes dissolved in water is what we have used. It sure enhances the flavor of rice. Feel free to use homemade stock if you have.

Herbs: For flavoring dried thyme and dried parsley went into my pot of rice. Of course you can add more herbs or change herbs to your favorite. Dill, basil, oregano are some of the best options for rice seasoning.

Salt n Pepper: Seasoning is most important step in the recipe. Add salt and pepper to taste. I like to use Himalayan salt. Feel free to use kosher salt as well.

Butter: don’t skip butter. It will keep rice moist and make rice tasty. You can increase butter to 2 tablespoon if you like rice taste in the rice.

For Heat: small amount of cayenne pepper to add kick to the rice. This is completely optional. Also feel free to increase the amount if you want to have spicier. Cayenne pepper can be substituted with chili powder or smoked paprika.

How To Season Rice?

Into a sauce pan add rice.

Add in rest of the seasoning and flavoring ingredients – salt n pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, dried thyme, dried parsley.

rice and seasoning in saucepan

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For each cup of white short grain rice use double the amount of stock. For 1 cup white rice, pour 2 cups stock.

rice and seasoning in saucepan

Stir everything together.

rice and seasoning in saucepan with stock poured in

Bring the saucepan to boil over medium heat. Once it starts boiling, simmer heat, cover the pot with lid and let it cook in it’s own steam for about 12 to 14 minutes.

rice and seasoning in saucepan with stock poured in
cooking rice with seasoning with closed lid

Note: Do not keep opening the lid. Steam will escape and rice will not be cooked to perfection if you keep opening lid to peep in. If you want to peep in, use glass lid so you can check on the rice without opening the lid.

Once done, turn off flame. Remove pot from the stove.

Add in butter. Gently fluff the rice and stir in the butter to spread uniformly.

butter added to seasoned rice
seasoned rice fluffed

Your seasoned rice is ready to be served as side dish for your favorite roast chicken meal or any meal.

You can store rice in fridge. Make sure you store within an hour or two after it’s cooked, to ensure food safety. Rice can be stored in fridge for 3 to 4 days.

How To Store Seasoned Rice?

Cooked rice, soon as it’s cooled should be refrigerated with an hour. Place rice in a container with lid and refrigerate it. Make sure to use up rice within 3 to 4 days.

For longer storage, freeze portions of rice in freezer zip lock bags. Freeze for longer storage.

How To Serve It?

Seasoned white rice or seasoned brown rice can be served as side dish alongside any roast meat. Roast chicken and potatoes with this rice on the side is best meal ever.

Serve it with beef, pork or lamb.

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Use this rice in Mexican meals like burritos.

seasoned rice cooked in saucepan with spatula

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