This flavorful 4-ingredient Stick of Butter Rice is the easiest and tastiest side dish you’ll ever make. It’s a timeless recipe that my family has loved forever – and yours will too!
The Best Buttered Rice Recipe
I have shared this recipe with so many friends over the years, I’ve completely lost count. Not a single person has ever tried this rice without asking me for the recipe! It is that good, and it couldn’t be easier to make.
Everything is just thrown into a pan and baked. Two rich and savory soups are used in addition to the rice and butter to provide the most incredible flavor imaginable! Even kids adore this comforting baked rice.
The first time our twins tried it, they gobbled up more than I could’ve imagined. Our baby loves it too! I was actually joking with a friend about this the other day – our kids are used to brown-colored rice being this rice that whenever they see regular brown rice, they expect this. When they bite into other things, it’s immediately a no-go. This is the only “brown rice” they’ll eat. And I can’t say I blame them!
Why Bake Rice?
If you haven’t tried baking rice before, consider this recipe your sign. Baking rice is so much easier than boiling it! Plus, there’s no need to hang around in the kitchen and watch the pot like a hawk so you can get your rice just right. The oven cooks it perfectly every time!
What You’ll Need
Let’s go over exactly which ingredients you’ll need to make the most irresistible baked butter r ice.
- Rice: Dry and uncooked long-grain rice. I use white rice.
- Condensed French Onion Soup
- Condensed Beef Consommé Soup: You’ll need one 10-ounce can of each soup.
- Stick of Butter
What Kind of Rice Should I Use?
I like to use long-grain white rice for this recipe. If you’d prefer using medium or short-grain rice, you may need to reduce the cook time just a bit. Whatever you do, be sure to use white rice and not brown rice, which requires more liquid and a longer cook time.
How to Make Stick of Butter Rice
You could slice up your butter and drop it over the rice and soups, but you don’t even have to! As my mom always says, “It’s so easy, you just plop the whole stick of butter in there. Don’t even stir it!”
Prep for Baking: Preheat the oven to 400°F and spray an 8 or 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Add Ingredients to Baking Dish: Add all of the ingredients to your prepared baking dish. You don’t need to do anything to the stick of butter – just put it right in there.
Cover & Cook: Cover the pan with foil and bake the rice for 30 minutes.
Stir, Uncover & Return to Oven: Remove the foil covering, quickly stir the rice and bake it for 30-40 minutes more, or until all of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice.
Enjoy! Give the rice a stir and serve it warm.
Tips for Success
Even though this rice is practically effortless, there are still a few important notes to keep in mind when you’re making it. Here they are!
- Don’t Forget to Grease the Baking Dish: Since this rice isn’t stirred until about halfway through the cooking process, it’s important to coat your baking dish with nonstick spray. If you don’t, your rice may get stuck to the pan.
- Cook Covered, Then Uncovered: After you bake your rice for 30 minutes with the foil covering, stir it, remove the cover and finish baking it. This process helps all of the rice cook evenly and not dry out.
- Stir Before Serving: Be sure to give your rice a good stir before you serve it. As it cools, the top can dry out a bit – this final stir helps to re-distribute the moisture.
Baked butter rice is a worthwhile addition to any meal under the sun. Try one of the following pairing ideas for a totally drool-worthy lunch or dinner.
- Serve with Meatballs: This rice would go well with meatballs, such as these Grape Jelly Meatballs.
- Pair with Pork Roast: This Easy Instant Pot Pork Roast combines tender meat and hearty veggies into one amazing meal. The only way to make it better is by serving it alongside your butter rice!
- Serve with Salad: Looking for something on the lighter side? I highly recommend whipping up my Chicken Blueberry Feta Salad. It’s packed with fresh flavors that complement this rice like a dream.
Storing and Reheating Leftovers
Leftover rice should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge after it has cooled completely. It’s best to enjoy it within 2-3 days of making it. Individual portions reheat well in the microwave.Print
Stick of Butter Rice
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 5
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
This flavorful 4-ingredient Stick of Butter Rice is the easiest and tastiest side dish you’ll ever make. It’s a timeless recipe that my family has loved for generations – and yours will too!
- 1 cup (180g) uncooked long-grain white rice
- 1 (10 oz) can of condensed French Onion Soup
- 1 (10 oz) can of condensed Beef Consommé Soup
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray an 8 or 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Add all the ingredients to your baking dish. You do not need to do anything to the stick of butter, just put it right in there.
- Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil, stir quickly and bake for 30-40 minutes more, or when the liquid has all been absorbed.
- Give the rice a stir and then serve.
- Makes 4-6 servings.
- To Store: Keep cooled rice in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 314
- Sugar: 1.1 g
- Sodium: 564.7 mg
- Fat: 19.9 g
- Carbohydrates: 29.6 g
- Protein: 4.9 g
- Cholesterol: 49.8 mg
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It was amazing just the way the recipe is,but I did want to ask …is the butter more for flavor or because you need the liquid from it? Because if possible I would like to cut back the butter
More for flavor. You could cut it back a bit, you just may not need to bake it quite as long.
Do you cover it the second time, after stirring?
Yes, cover it.
I made this for the first time tonight Everyone loved it! Such a nice change from white rice. This dish is definitely joining our regular rotation.
So glad it was a hit!