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Garlic Butter Rice: the delicious rice side dish that goes with everything

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist


butter, divided
4 tbsp
Garlic, minced
5 cloves
uncooked long-grain white rice
1 1/2 cups
Chicken broth
2 1/2 cups
Dried parsley
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp
fresh chopped parsley, plus extra
2 tbsp

Perfectly buttery with a mouthwatering garlic flavor, garlic butter rice is the ultimate main recipe that you can serve with just about any dish. Made with the garlic butter sauce, this easy recipe has it all, garlic, butter, fresh and dried parsley, and beautifully fluffy, tender rice cooked in broth for extra flavor. It also makes a great side dish, but you can add your favorite protein to it to make a hearty yet simple meal. Making easy garlic butter rice is a fantastic way to jazz up plain rice and bring loads more flavor to the dinner table.

How to Make Garlic Butter Rice

Garlic butter rice is an easy one-pot dish you can make with little to no fuss. You'll start by making the garlic butter. Melt the butter in a large pot, then stir in the garlic, cooking until it becomes fragrant releases its heavenly scent into the air.

Mix in the rice, stirring well to coat it with all the garlicky buttery goodness. Pour in the broth, dried parsley, salt, and pepper, then mix the ingredients together and let the broth come to a boil. Once it boils, reduce it to a low simmer and cover the pot. Cook the rice for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed into the rice.

Turn the heat off and fluff the rice then stir in the remaining butter and add a little more pepper, dried parsley, and salt. Pop the lid back on the pot and let it stand for several minutes and sprinkle it with some fresh parsley as a garnish.

Tips for Making the Best Garlic Butter Rice

– Use long-grain rice like basmati or jasmine rice.

– Make this recipe vegan-friendly by substituting butter for vegan butter and use vegetable stock instead of chicken broth.

– While this recipe calls for parsley, any fresh herb of your choice will do. Thyme, rosemary, chives, or basil are great alternatives to try.

– You can make garlic butter rice in your rice cooker for extra ease.


What to Serve with Garlic Butter Rice

Garlic butter rice goes with so many dishes across a huge variety of cuisines. Serve it with anything from a curry to roast chicken to baked fish, pork chops, or barbecued ribs. Use it in a burrito or a rice bowl or add some cooked chicken, shrimp, tofu, or beef to it for a complete meal.

How to Store Easy Garlic Butter Rice

Allow the rice to cool to room temperature then place in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy within 2 days.

How to Make Garlic Butter Rice

In a pot over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 45 seconds to 1 minute.

Pour in rice, stirring to coat. Stir in chicken broth, parsley, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until all the broth has been absorbed by the rice.

Remove the lid and stir in the chopped parsley. Replace the lid and let the rice stand for 5 to 10 minutes until tender.

Take a fork and fluffy the rice. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and add season with extra dried parsley and pepper. Garnish with more fresh parsley and enjoy.


Be sure to allow the rice to stand for 5 to 10 minutes after turning off the heat. It continues to cook for several minutes and this will help you achieve gorgeous fluffy rice.

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