Garlic Butter Rice

June 8, 2021

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The easiest rice recipe! This Garlic Butter Rice is made with basic long grain white rice, fresh garlic, a fair amount of rich butter, and chicken broth for extra flavor.

Garlic Butter Rice

Flavorful Garlic Butter Rice Recipe

One of the perfect go-to side dishes! Because it pairs well with just about anything.

Plus it only needs a handful of ingredients you can always keep on hand, it’s perfectly hearty and filling, and it’s just simple delicious comfort food!

And of course it’s something people of all ages will enjoy. In other words it’s one of those back pocket recipes.

Not sure what side to make? Garlic butter rice is the answer!

Photo of ingredients needed to make garlic butter rice. Includes white rice, chicken broth, onion, butter, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.

Garlic Butter Rice Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dry long grain white rice, rinsed in a fine sieve and drained well
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic (or up to 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 1 Tbsp pieces, divided
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley (optional)

Possible Substitutes

  • Jasmine rice can be used for white rice.
  • Vegetable broth will work for chicken broth.
  • Salted butter will work in place of unsalted (just cut back slightly on salt added).
  • Dried parsley works in place of fresh, just use a teaspoon.

Garlic butter rice shown in a skillet after cooking.

How to Make Garlic Butter Rice

  1. Melt butter in pan: Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion: Add yellow onion and saute until starting to deepen in color, about 3 minutes.
  3. Saute garlic: Add garlic and saute until just barely starting to deepen in color (not browned), about 1 minute.
  4. Add broth, boil: Pour in chicken broth, season with salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil.
  5. Add rice, simmer: Add rice and stir once, cover with a snug lid then reduce heat to low. Let simmer until liquid has been absorbed, about 15 – 18 minutes.
  6. Rest add more butter, fluff rice: Remove from heat and let rest 5 – 10 minutes. Add remaining 3 Tbsp butter, toss and fluff with a fork.
  7. Garnish: Serve warm garnished with parsley if desired.

Variations

  • Lemon rice: For lemon garlic butter rice replace 2 1/2 Tbsp chicken broth with fresh lemon juice. Also for stronger lemon flavor you can add 1/2 tsp lemon zest.
  • Heartier rice: If you want to make it more of a main dish you can finish with a cooked protein such as adding some cooked shredded rotisserie chicken at the end, or cooked chick peas.
  • Herby rice: Finish with lots of parsley or try with other herbs such as green onions or chives.
  • Extra garlicky rice: Want even more garlic flavor? Use 2 Tbsp garlic.

Rice seasoned with garlic and butter shown in a blue bowl over a wooden surface. Rice is topped with pieces of butter and chopped parsley.

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Rice seasoned with garlic and butter shown in a blue bowl over a wooden surface. Rice is topped with pieces of butter and chopped parsley.
5 from 2 votes

Garlic Butter Rice

The easiest rice recipe! This Garlic Butter Rice is made with basic long grain white rice, fresh garlic, a fair amount of rich butter, and chicken broth for extra flavor.
See the notes for a tasty lemon variation as well!
Servings: 6
Prep5 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Resting10 minutes
Ready in: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dry long grain white rice, or jasmine rice, rinsed in a fine sieve and drained well
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic (or up to 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 1 Tbsp pieces, divided
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley (optional)

Instructions

  • Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add yellow onion and saute until starting to deepen in color, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute until just barely starting to deepen in color (not browned), about 1 minute.
  • Pour in chicken broth, season with salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil.
  • Add rice and stir once, cover with a snug lid then reduce heat to low. Let simmer until liquid has been absorbed, about 15 - 18 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let rest 5 - 10 minutes. Add remaining 3 Tbsp butter, toss and fluff with a fork.
  • Serve warm garnished with parsley if desired.

Notes

  • Jasmine rice will cook more near 15 minutes, long grain rice will take closer to 18 minutes to cook.
  • For lemon garlic butter rice replace 2 1/2 Tbsp chicken broth with fresh lemon juice and add 1/2 tsp lemon zest.
  • In higher altitude add an additional 2 Tbsp broth.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 239mg10%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 441IU9%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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12 Comments

  • Mary

    Great way to make rice that I’ve never tried before! I’ve been learning different ways to season jasmine rice and this was great place to start : )

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m glad it turned out well for you Mary! Thanks for your review!

  • Jessika

    Made this last night! Man, we just love your recipes. I’m always checking for new ones and we’re never disappointed. You and I just have identical taste in food, only difference is you can actually cook! LOL… this was just perfect. It’ll be a staple recipe around here. Thank you for all you do

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks for your kind words Jessika! I appreciate it! And I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my recipes!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes but you’d still want to sauté onion and garlic first then probably reduce the broth slightly just depending on how much you usually add.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes with some modifications such as soaking the rice and adjusting liquid as needed.

  • Angelina

    We’re loving rice (or pasta) as side dishes, since potatoes are SO yesterday. This sounds super delish, & the variations are spot-on! We’re like Saffron Rice & Spinach Noodles, as well. As always, this is another terrific recipe from my favorite (& definately CLASSY) blogger. 💐

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks for the kind words Angelina! I love to hear you’ve enjoyed my blog!