This super easy seasoned white rice side dish packs loads of flavor with pantry ingredients. You can make it on the stove top or microwave.
Rice is a meal staple for many families for so many reasons. For starters, it fills the belly making lean meals more substantial; inexpensive, stretching the budget when needed; and it’s pretty tasty without a lot of extra work. But it can get boring eating plain white rice.
How do you make plain white rice less bland?
One of the way you can make white rice less bland is by using stock base. Stock base is the most frequently used pantry ingredient in my kitchen. I favor bases because they provide concentrated flavor in small doses. A teaspoon or two of a really good base can intensify the flavor of an entire recipe without adding additional seasonings. Hence this wonderful 3 ingredient recipe.
What flavor stock bases are best to season white rice?
Literally any stock base will improve the taste of plain rice. In this recipe I’m using vegetable base but I’ve made with chicken base as well. I have used different base in all of my rice recipes but intend to favor chicken, and vegetable. Ham base is another great flavor enhancer for white rice and there is a strong case for beef stock as well. I haven’t tried beef stock personally but this Beefy Onion Rice recipe looks very promising.
Try one of my other rice recipes using stock base:
Spanish Rice– I use chicken stock base to intensify the flavor of this dish.
Healthy Hoppin John– This recipe uses ham stock base that provides a smoky flavor.
How to prepare this better than store bought seasoned white rice:
This recipe could not be more simple. It’s literally three ingredients: rice, oil, and base. To prepare it, start by heating adding butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Next, add a crumbled bouillon cube or base followed by the dry rice.
Stir the ingredients together to coat the rice like you would for pilaf. Add water and simmer according to the rice packaging. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste if desired and sprinkle with a little dried parsley for some color.
Love rice? Check out more of my rice recipes!
***This recipe was updated on 1/23/2020 for added content only. It was first published on 1/24/2019.***
- 1 c long grain rice like jasmine
- 1 3/4 c water
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cube vegetable or chicken bouillon
- salt+pepper to taste
- parsley flakes optional
- Over medium heat, add butter, oil, and bouillon cube to a skillet or pan. Whisk to dissolve the cube then add the rice. Coat the rice with the oil mixture and add the water.
- Bring to a bubbly boil then drop the heat to low. Allow the rice to absorb the water according to your rice package directions. You may use quick-cooking or standard rice.
- Fluff the rice and season with a dash of salt and pepper if desired. Dried parsley flakes add a nice pop of color.