White rice is just so boring when there’s this stick of butter rice you could be having instead. Four simple ingredients from the pantry are added to a single dish with long grain white rice and transformed into something truly special. A savory side dish with notes of beef broth, French onion soup, tangy Worcestershire sauce, and infused with rich butter- it all comes together in a single dish with hardly any effort at all.
The first few years we were married, the Hubs was always shocked when I served rice with dinner. We were having chicken for dinner? Rice goes with that. Add a little gravy and you’ll see.
Tacos or quesadillas for dinner, rice goes with that too! I’d just make it my famous yellow basmati rice. Rice goes with almost everything friends. Or at least it did in my house growing up! I seem to have carried on the tradition without even trying.
For me, rice goes with just about anything. I mean white rice is so adaptable. It’s literally a perfect side dish. Universal really. 100% why I love it so much, and probably why my Grandma & Mom did too. It takes the guess work out of cooking.
How many times have you spent wondering what’s for dinner? You’ve probably settled on, or at least considered, an entree- but what to do about sides? We’ve got to serve a meal to the family after all. Good ol’ rice, always there to save the day.
Sometimes white rice is a given. If you have a sauce laden dish, it’s perfect to serve because it will soak up any juices absorbing the flavors. Or it can be made in a way that pairs perfectly with the dish you’re dying to enjoy.
Sometimes though, rice can be and is meant to be the star of the side dish show all on it’s own. Nothing’s a better example of this than our stick of butter rice.
A simple ingredient list is all that stands between you & a gorgeous golden brown heavenly tasting rice laden side dish. Five ingredients are all you need. Seriously, five that’s all.
Jasmine rice, one can of French onion condensed soup, one can of condensed beef consume, a stick of butter, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce- that’s all you need.
The ingredient list may seem small and it’s simple, but it makes for crazy flavorful rice. My favorite part is that it also cooks all in one dish. It makes it so easy! It’s like the one pot meal equivalent on the side item menu.
How To Prepare Stick Of Butter Rice, a One Dish Side:
Remember when I said just a second ago that this was the one pot meal of side dishes? I wasn’t kidding. Start by lightly greasing an 8×8″ baking dish with non stick spray. Spread the rice evenly out over the bottom. The recipe calls for jasmine rice, but basmati also works just as well.
Empty both cans of condensed soup into the dish, then sprinkle the Worcestershire sauce over top. Place the pats of butter evenly out over top of the mixture. Next cover the dish with foil pressing it tightly all around to seal.
A tight seal is important. It’s crucial to the dish turning out. Don’t be tempted to take a peek while it’s cooking. You’ll let the built up steam escape, resulting in under cooked or crunchy dry rice.
Bake the stick of butter rice at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. No matter how tempted, don’t open the oven or peel back the foil and peek. Remove it from the oven, take off the foil, and bake another 15 minutes. That’s it, that’s all it takes to make the ultimate rice.
Can You Make This Rice Recipe In The Slow Cooker?
Sometimes my oven is already full and overworked, but this Mama still needs to round out dinner. That’s when I can put my trusty crockpot to work to get the whole job done.
It’s super simple to make this stick of butter rice recipe in the slow cooker (or crockpot- whichever you call it!). Although it does require a little bit of babysitting, unlike when it’s done in the oven.
Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of the slow cooker, just as instructed in the original recipe. Cover and cook the rice on low for 2-4 hours, checking every thirty minutes or so after the first hour.
Check to see if the rice is fluffy and cooked, or if the mixture needs to continue cooking. If the liquid has reduced significantly before the rice is done, you may need to add in a little extra. That’s ok, and you can use either beef broth or plain water- both will work just fine!
Under Pressure- Stick Of Butter Rice Cooks Perfectly In The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
While we usually bake this in the oven, and have provided slow cooking instructions- this cooks up just as well in the pressure cooker. So whichever appliance or method is more convenient for you, it will work.
Start by adding the rice to the insert of your pressure cooker- we use the Instant Pot brand. Then add all of the other ingredients, EXCEPT the butter.
Gently stir to mix the soups and rice together. Add the butter slices evenly out over top. Put the lid on, turn to close, and make sure the vent is set to seal.
Using the rice button, on low pressure, cook the rice for 12 minutes. If you don’t have a rice cooker setting, you can use the manual (or pressure cook) setting for 12 minutes at low pressure.
Careful to avoid any hot steam, turn the valve to venting & perform a quick release. Once all the steam’s been released, stir & fluff the rice using a sturdy spoon.
That’s it- your rice is perfectly done & ready to serve.
What Can I Add To Turn This Stick of Butter Rice Into A Complete Meal?
Speaking of rounding things out, some nights are busier than others. I don’t have time for a full sit down dinner with a main course and several savory sides. I need a one pot, one stop dinner that everyone can agree on. Oh, and it must include some sort of vegetable.
That’s another reason I adore this easy rice recipe- it’s always there for me, whatever the occasion. The kids love it when I throw in some chopped cooked chicken, and steamed broccoli. You don’t have to cook the two separately. You can add two uncooked, chunked chicken breasts and raw broccoli directly in with the uncooked rice. Everything will cook together.
I also like to use stew beef and add a handful or two of freshly sliced baby bella mushrooms. It’s so good! It’s also one of the few times even the youngest, pickiest son will happily eat mushrooms.
I’m Serving A Crowd, Can I Double The Recipe?
Remember when I mentioned that this easy rice recipe always had my back? That includes family dinners, and when the occasion means a larger crowd and calls for more food to fill up our hungry guests.
This recipe easily doubles to feed a hungry crowd. I’ve even tripled it once or twice for Holiday dinners. If doubling, you’ll want to switch to a 9×13 inch baking dish instead of the 8×8 originally called for. When tripling it, I’ve used a 3 quart casserole dish with great success.
I told you this recipe was simple. Change things up, and kick boring white rice to the curb. Don’t just serve it with sauce served over top. Make stick of butter rice, and bake sweet savory flavor into every single grain. It’s easy enough for any night of the year, but fancy enough for any occasion.
Other Savory Ways To Prepare Rice:
Stick Of Butter Rice
- 1 cup jasmine rice
- 1 can condensed French onion soup
- 1 can condensed soup beef consume
- 1 stick butter, slice into roughly 8-9 slices
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Lightly grease an 8x8" baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Spread the uncooked rice evenly out over the bottom.
- Empty the cans of condensed soup evenly out over top. Sprinkle the Worcestershire sauce out over top.
- Place the pats of butter evenly out over top of the rice mixture.
- Cover the dish tightly, sealing it with aluminum foil.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove the foil from the dish, and bake an additional 15 minutes.
- Let the dish rest 2-3 minutes before serving.