Seasoned Rice


Seasoned Rice - A perfect Side Dish

You love easy, fantastic spiced side dishes as I do? Then this deliciously seasoned rice is the best choice for your next meal or as a basis for your favorite bowl meal.

You don't need sauce for rice

When it comes to rice, I always wanted to have a tasty one without of need for a sauce. Because just white plain rice cooked in salty water or broth is kind of boring without a wonderful creamy sauce.

This rice recipe is full of rich flavors like the warm and earthy flavor from paprika powder, the heat from the cayenne pepper, and the salty and umami flavor from the soy sauce and not to forget the great taste of garlic!

Because the rice is browned in butter and cooked in broth this side dish is also called pilaf.

The secret of the right consistency of a great pilaf is to choose the right rice and to leave it alone while it’s cooking.

Once you’ve tried this fabulous recipe, you don’t want to eat boring plain white rice again!

Expert Tip

Use a deep lidded pan with a heavy bottom to cook the rice because those are proved ideal for even heat distribution and so the rice doesn’t burn easily.

Avoid wild stirring while the rice is cooking to release as little starch as possible – that’s the secret to keeping the rice loose.

Seasoned Rice - Jennifer Vahlbruch
Seasoned Rice - Jennifer Vahlbruch
Seasoned Rice - Jennifer Vahlbruch

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Seasoned Rice -Ingredients - Jennifer Vahlbruch
Seasoned Rice - Jennifer Vahlbruch

Seasoned Rice

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Easy and tasty side dish for nearly any meal infused with awesome spices!


  • 1/2 stick (60 grams) butter
  • 1/2 large onion, thinly diced
  • 1 cup (200 grams) white long-grain rice, uncooked, washed
  • 1/2 cup (10 grams) parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, more if desired
  • 11/2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cups (450 milliliters) beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a big skillet or a big saucepan.
  2. Add the thinly chopped onions and saute for about 2-3 minutes to get them tender or until translucent.
  3. If you use fresh garlic, add them also to the onions.
  4. Now add the white rice and saute it in the melted butter and the onions for about 3-4 minutes, Stir occasionally until the rice is golden brown.
  5. Mix in well half of the parsley and all the spices: paprika powder, garlic powder (if you didn't use fresh garlic), cayenne pepper, and soy sauce.
  6. After that, pour in the beef broth and stir well.
  7. Bring the rice mixture to a boil, and allow to boil for about 3 minutes.
  8. Then reduce the temperature to low heat and let it simmer for about 17 minutes until the rice is soft. Do not remove the lid and avoid stirring while the rice is cooking.
  9. Before serving the rice, let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  10. Then loosen the rice with a fork and stir in the rest of the parsley and season with salt and pepper for your taste.
  11. Ready to eat!

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7.5gTrans Fat: 0.5gUnsaturated Fat: 3.9gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1340mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 1.2gProtein: 7.4g

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Find answers to the most common questions

What should I do when the rice is to hard after the cooking time you recommended?

If there is still broth in the saucepan, let it simmer a little bit more. If there is no broth left in the saucepan, add a little bit more broth to avoid burning and let it simmer for a few more minutes.

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