Learn how to season brown rice for a flavor packed side dish. Once you know the best seasonings to add, it is so easy to make.

Brown rice in a bowl.

Does brown rice taste good?

Brown rice is a tasty side dish that often gets a bad rep. Many people do not care for the taste of brown rice due to its earthy and wheat like flavor.

However, brown rice that has been seasoned appropriately is so delicious and makes a versatile side dish.

What can I add to brown rice to make it taste better?

The key to making brown rice taste great is seasoning. It also helps to add this early on so the rice can soak in all that wonderful flavor.

There are several seasonings and add ins that you can use to take brown rice up a level. Some ideas we love include: garlic powder or garlic salt, salsa, bouillon cubes and even eggs and veggies.

Any of these options would make brown rice taste amazing. Whether you plan to use a rice cooker or skillet, these ideas will make brown rice so delicious.

Brown rice in a bowl.

How do you season rice for cooking?

There are several ways to do this. You can use broth instead of water to boil the rice.

Other options include adding seasoning to the rice as it boils or sautéing it first in seasonings. If you brown the rice with olive oil and seasonings prior to adding the liquid and boiling, it will enhance the flavor.

Brown rice in a bowl.

How to season brown rice:

Once you try these easy ways to season brown rice, you will be a fan of brown rice. It is so easy to jazz up plain rice and turn it into a really delicious side dish.

After these tasty ideas, everyone will love brown rice.

Brown rice in a bowl.

1. Cook in Chicken or Beef Broth

Substitute chicken broth or beef broth for the water. Just use equal parts broth to the cups of water normally used.

2. Season with Garlic Salt

Garlic really enhances the flavor of rice. You can add this to the water and rice or sauté the seasonings and dry rice prior to adding the liquid.

3. Make Spanish Rice

The salsa in this recipe combined with the other seasonings makes this a flavorful side dish.

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4. Make Cilantro Lime Rice with Brown Rice

You can cook brown rice with cilantro and lime juice (or lemon juice) for the perfect side dish for Mexican Monday.

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5. Make Fried Rice

Use leftover brown rice and quickly make Fried rice. This is an easy way to use leftover cooked rice for a stir fry.

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6. Stir in Salt and pepper

It may sounds simple, but a lot of salt and tons of pepper goes a long way. We call this peppered rice at my house. Like I said, lots of pepper

7. Add in Ground Beef for a One pot meal

Brown the ground beef first and add to the rice with liquid. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat until rice is tender.

8. Add in Sliced Sausage

This is a great way to add flavor to brown rice. I like to sear the sliced sausage first and then add to the rice.

9. Add Garlic and Soy Sauce

Be careful with the soy sauce. A little goes a long way.

10. Add Parmesan Cheese, milk and Garlic

Seems like a weird combination, but a little bit of milk with the parmesan cheese and garlic is a tasty cheesy combination

11. Make Dirty Rice

In less than 45 minutes, this one pot meal goes from stove to table. It is the best way to stretch your meat budget and so delicious.

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12. Make Shrimp Fried Rice

Turn brown rice into a complete meal when you add shrimp and veggies.

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13. Sir In Red beans and Sliced Sausage

Red beans and sausage make brown rice anything but bland. Your family will love this rice recipe.

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14. Add Chicken and Cheese for an easy skillet dinner.

This one pot meal is really tasty with brown rice. The cheese combined with the chicken is amazing.

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15. Stir in a Soup

Stirring in brown rice, instead of white, into a soup is a great way to make your soup better. The brown rice will instantly take on the flavor of the soup.

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16. Stir in Buffalo Sauce

Kick up the flavor and add buffalo sauce. We normally add about ½ cup but you can reduce that for less heat.

17. Mix in Black Beans

This simple add in really bulks up brown rice and makes it so flavorful. No one will miss the white rice.

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