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Stick of Butter Rice is a delicious side dish recipe that is made with only 4 ingredients. This rice is easy to make and will soon be a family favorite recipe.

Butter rice in a bowl with a wooden spoon
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We make rice for easy side dish with any of our main dish recipes. I love how easy it is to make and the amazing flavor. These step by step instructions are fool proof which makes it impossible to mess up.

If you are looking for a delicious to spice up your rice, add in these simple pantry ingredients. If you loved our Crock Pot Rice or Easy Dirty Rice Recipe then you will love this stick butter rice.

Why This Recipe Works

I love making rice because of the many ways it can be seasoned. You can simply season the rice with just salt and pepper or make Easy Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe with taco seasoning. Another delicious rice recipe is Easy Chicken Fried Rice.

It is a filling side dish that everyone loves.

Ingredients

Measuring cup of water, onion soup mix, rice and stick of butter

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Variations Ideas

  • Rice – We made this dish with long-grain white rice but feel free to use jasmine rice or basmati rice.
  • Broth – Feel free to substitute the water with broth. You can easily use 1 cup of beef broth or beef stock and 1 cup of water. Chicken broth also a delicious variations.
  • Seasoning – We like using the Homemade Onion Soup Mix but you can also use the packet. For added flavor, mix in condensed French Onions Soup or cream of mushroom soup.

How to Make Stick of Butter Rice

  • Step 1 – In a medium saucepan, combine the rice and water. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
White rice in a large pot of water
  • Step 2 – Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer the rice for 18-20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  • Step 3 – Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it stand, covered, for an additional 5 minutes to allow the rice to steam and fluff up.
  • Step 4 – While the rice is cooking, cut the stick of butter into small cubes.
  • Step 5 – After the rice has finished steaming, uncover the saucepan and add the cubed butter and onion soup mix to the hot rice.
Cooked white rice topped with butter and onion soup mix
  • Step 6 – Using a fork, gently stir and fluff the rice, allowing the butter to melt and the onion soup mix to distribute evenly throughout the rice.
  • Step 7 – Once the butter is fully melted and the rice is well mixed, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Expert Tips

  • Rice – I recommend using long grain rice for its fluffiness and non-stickiness. It will absorb the flavors better.
  • Whole Stick of Butter – Before placing the butter into the pan with the rice, slice pats of butter to easily melt it.
  • Cooking Rice Dish – Cooking the rice on the stovetop will vary. Before mixing in the butter and seasoning, I like to test the rice to make sure it is soft.
Butter rice in a large pot with a serving on a wooden spoon

Serving Suggestions

Make this stick of butter rice with many different recipes. Serve this with Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops, Grilled Teriyaki Steak and Grilled BBQ Ranch Chicken.

Add Oven Roasted Asparagus or learn How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave for a complete meal idea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Bake this Rice Dish?

Yes, you can bake the rice without first boiling it in the water. Place the uncooked rice in a baking dish, top with seasoning and butter. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Then uncover dish and continue baking for another 25 minutes. Once finish baking then fluff baked rice casserole and serve.

Do I Need to Rinse Rice before Cooking?

In this recipe, there is no need to rinse the rice. If you always rinse your rice before cooking, then you can. It does not change the recipe.

Can I Use Brown Rice?

I have not tried this recipe with brown rice, but I am sure it will work. You may just need to cook the rice in more water. Follow the directions on the brown rice package.

How to Store Leftover Butter Rice

Store the leftover butter rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 3-4 days.

How to Reheat Butter Rice

Reheat the leftovers in the microwave for about 30 seconds until heated.

Butter rice in a bowl with a wooden spoon

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Stick of Butter Rice

5 from 1 vote
Stick of Butter Rice is a delicious side dish recipe that is made with only 4 ingredients. This rice is easy to make and will soon be a family favorite recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 372

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 stick ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 packet 1 ounce onion soup mix
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Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the rice and water. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer the rice for 18-20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it stand, covered, for an additional 5 minutes to allow the rice to steam and fluff up.
  • While the rice is cooking, cut the stick of butter into small cubes.
  • After the rice has finished steaming, uncover the saucepan and add the cubed butter and onion soup mix to the hot rice.
  • Using a fork, gently stir and fluff the rice, allowing the butter to melt and the onion soup mix to distribute evenly throughout the rice.
  • Once the butter is fully melted and the rice is well mixed, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Recipe Notes

I recommend using long grain rice for its fluffiness and non-stickiness. It will absorb the flavors better.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 372kcal, Carbohydrates 37g, Protein 4g, Fat 23g, Saturated Fat 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 61mg, Sodium 190mg, Potassium 63mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 0.1g, Vitamin A 710IU, Vitamin C 0.01mg, Calcium 27mg, Iron 0.5mg

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  1. Casey says:

    5 stars
    This side dish was so easy to make! I love that it only required 4 ingredients.