If you want savory, buttery rice that is sure to be a new favorite you will love this delicious stick of butter rice recipe that elevates the flavor from simply adding butter to your white rice.
Make this rice recipe once and it will become a side dish that you make over and over.
Highlights Of This Stick Of Butter Rice Recipe
Flavor: This stick of butter rice is simple, comforting, and packed with flavor. The French onion soup and beef broth add a rich and savory flavor to the rice, while the butter gives it a delicious richness that you don’t get when cooking rice normally.
Easy: You can’t ask for an easier yet different rice side dish. It cooks like a casserole in the oven, and the best part is that I’m sure you have the easy four ingredients in your pantry right now!
Different: It’s a great way to switch up your normal rice side dish routine, and the recipe is ideal for adapting to feed more people.
- RICE: I always use your regular white rice for this recipe. You can use any type you prefer, but please do not use instant or parboiled rice. The texture will come out way too mushy.
- FRENCH ONION SOUP – One can (10 ounces) of onion soup is what we use. Some recipes call for two cans (and no beef broth), but I find it too ‘oniony’ if the onion soup is doubled. That said, if you absolutely love the flavor of onions, go ahead and use the two cans, but leave out the beef broth.
- BEEF BROTH – Homemade beef broth would be ideal to use if you have it, but if not, store-bought it is just fine to make this rice side dish casserole.
- BUTTER – For this recipe, we use a stick of butter. A FULL stick of butter. Shhhhhh… I know. But you’ll be happy you did as the rich buttery flavor is worth it, and hey, we don’t make it every day, right?
How to Make Stick Of Butter Rice
Preheat your oven and grease a baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
Combine the rice, French onion soup, and beef broth.
Cut the butter into small pieces and place them evenly on top of the rice.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
Let the casserole cool for five minutes before dishing up.
**** All the exact ingredient amounts and detailed cooking instructions with notes are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Suggestions To Put a Twist on It
Caramelizing some onions to sprinkle on top or add to the rice would be great to really echo that onion flavor. Or, try adding other veggies like diced broccoli or mushrooms to the rice mixture.
Adding some shredded cheese like gruyere or even cheddar over the top would be delicious.
To amp up the protein, add some cooked and diced chicken or beef to the rice mixture.
Want to make it lighter in flavor? Switch out the beef broth for chicken broth!
For a vegetarian version, use vegetable broth and skip the meat. You could also add some herbs and spices to the rice, such as thyme, rosemary, or garlic powder, to give it an extra punch of flavor.
What Can I Serve this With?
Grilled or roasted meats: Serve the rice alongside grilled chicken, beef, or pork. For instance, my Air Fried BBQ Chicken Thighs or this 3 Ingredient Brown Sugar Italian Chicken Dish would pair perfectly with the rice dish.
It’s also great with roasted turkey, ham, or even sausages like my Beer Brats recipe. This rice also goes well with fish, such as baked salmon or grilled shrimp.
French onion rice would be a delicious side dish to serve with other sides such as roasted vegetables like my Hot Honey Carrots, Brussels sprouts, or asparagus make a great accompaniment to the rice.
If you have any leftovers, let the rice cool to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat, you can either microwave it until heated through.
If you want to freeze the leftovers, let the rice cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months. When storing leftovers the rice will soak up the broth but still taste amazing. To reheat after freezing, let it thaw completely and then add a drizzle of beef broth and/or a tablespoon or two of butter, cover, and reheat in the oven or in the microwave.
Questions You Might Have
Yes, absolutely. The amount you use will be the same but honestly, nothing tastes quite as nice as butter in comparison, so you may not have that exact luscious, buttery flavor that you’d get when using butter.
Yes, you can with a small change. Mix together the soup mix and 3 cups of beef broth in total.
Have you made this oven baked rice recipe? I’d love to hear what you thought about it, or if you switched it up in any way! Please leave me a comment and star rating below in the recipe card or in the comment section below.
I really hope you have a fantastic day, and thank you so much for stopping by The Salty Pot.
- 1 cup Rice
- 1 stick of Butter (½ cup)
- 1 can (10 ounces) French Onion Soup
- 10 ounces Beef Broth
- Preheat the oven to 425
- Grease an 8 x8 or 9x9 baking dish. Tear off enough foil to cover the dish and set aside.
- In a bowl, combine the rice, french onion soup, and beef broth. Mix well.
- Pour into the baking dish and even out the rice so it's well distributed.
- Divide the butter up into small pats and place on top of the rice evenly.
- Cover with the foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes.
- Remove and let cool for 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy!
For easier prep, mix everything in the greased baking dish.
Check the body of the post for easy and fun ideas to switch up the recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 398mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.