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Simple Savory Rice Recipe

Updated on March 10, 2013

Savory Rice As a Side Dish

Savory rice pairs well with many different dinners.
Savory rice pairs well with many different dinners. | Source

Savory Rice Ratings

4 stars from 1 rating of Savory Rice

A Versatile Rice Recipe

Savory rice pairs well with many different dinner recipes. This simple dish is extremely easy to cook, as it requires no special cooking skills - the rice is simply baked in the oven! Use your favorite white rice, brown rice, or "specialty" rice variety for this recipe - nearly any type of rice works well. Do not use ten-minute rice (the boil-in-a-bag variety), as that product will simply turn to mush with this recipe.

My personal favorite is to use Jasmine Rice or plain white rice - the Jasmine rice lends a "stickier" texture to the finished dish.

This dish requires the use of chicken broth. For vegetarians, this broth could be replaced with vegetable broth for an equally flavorful rice recipe. Peas, chopped carrots, or other vegetables could be added to increase the nutritional value of this side dish.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4 people 1/2 cup rice

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup white rice, long grain, Jasmine, or brown rice may be substituted
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Prepare Savory Rice: Photos

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Cook the chopped onions and the butter until the butter is melted and the onions are translucent. Add the rice to the skillet or sauce pan and cook for about 1 minute. Do not brown or burn the rice.Add hot chicken broth to the rice/onion mixture.Bring the entire mixture to a boil.Pour into an oven-proof casserole dish, cover, and place immediately into the pre-heated oven to bake at 350F.
Cook the chopped onions and the butter until the butter is melted and the onions are translucent.
Cook the chopped onions and the butter until the butter is melted and the onions are translucent. | Source
Add the rice to the skillet or sauce pan and cook for about 1 minute. Do not brown or burn the rice.
Add the rice to the skillet or sauce pan and cook for about 1 minute. Do not brown or burn the rice. | Source
Add hot chicken broth to the rice/onion mixture.
Add hot chicken broth to the rice/onion mixture. | Source
Bring the entire mixture to a boil.
Bring the entire mixture to a boil. | Source
Pour into an oven-proof casserole dish, cover, and place immediately into the pre-heated oven to bake at 350F.
Pour into an oven-proof casserole dish, cover, and place immediately into the pre-heated oven to bake at 350F. | Source

How to Prepare Savory Rice

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat the butter and onion in a sauce pan. Stir the onion in the butter until the onion turns slightly transparent.
  3. Add the rice to the pan and stir briefly, heating the rice through. Do not burn or brown the rice.
  4. Add the hot chicken broth and bring to a boil on the stove top. Once boiling, pour the rice mixture into an oven-proof casserole dish and cover.
  5. Place the covered dish immediately into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the rice, stir, and serve with dinner.

Tips for Making Savory Rice

  • Use hot chicken broth. If you add cold chicken broth to the pan, it will take longer to boil and may alter the consistency of the rice.
  • Use a casserole dish with a snug-fitting lid. A loose fitting lid will allow too much steam to escape and the rice will not cook thoroughly.
  • If the rice is still too "wet"' after 20 minutes, allow it to cook longer. Check the rice every 2-3 minutes. This rice will not be dry and fluffy, as it is supposed to be moist. It should not be swimming in broth, however; there should be no "puddles" of broth in the dish. All of the excess fluid should be absorbed by the rice.
  • Move quickly: once the broth and rice are boiling in the skillet or sauce pan on the stove, pour the mixture into the casserole dish, cover, and get the dish immediately into the oven. A delay could cause the rice to stop cooking prematurely, resulting in under-cooked grains.

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    • leahlefler profile imageAUTHOR

      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      Thanks, Deborah! We make this rice frequently, as our boys love it and it is so flavorful. I hope you enjoy it!

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love rice recipes.. and this is no exception.. I posted it on Facebook so I an find it and make it tonight.

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      I am Deborah Brooks Langford

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