Cheap Recipe: Never-Mushy Homemade Rice

4 Dec

For a printable version of this recipe and complete ingredients listing, click here.

The fluffliest and tastiest rice I’ve ever had!

This is the wonderful rice recipe I was raised on. Both of my parents make this all the time, and while I rarely eat rice anywhere else, I can eat my weight in the stuff at their house.

(In fact, I remember how disappointed I was the first time I ordered rice at a restaurant after being spoiled by this delicious version at home my whole childhood.)

This recipe is so simple I questioned whether or not it even deserved to be a

Melt butter over medium heat.

 post of its own, but I finally decided to go ahead with it after Hubby started commenting on how good the rice was during dinner the same night. I decided that was an omen.

And so, without further delay, I give you Never-Mushy Homemade Rice.

Add dry rice, dehydrated onions and salt.

Place 3 Tbs. butter or margarine in the bottom of a large saucepan and set burner heat to MEDIUM.

Let rice brown until desired "speckling" appears.

Measure 1-1/2 cups dry, white, long-grain rice and dump over the melting butter.

Add 1/4 cup dehydrated minced onion flakes and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir all ingredients over burner heat for 10-15 minutes, or until brown flecks begin to appear here and there in the rice.

Once rice mixture has many different shades of brown speckled here and there, add 3-1/2 cups water and cover saucepan.

Add water and cover immediately.

Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is mostly tender.


Remove from heat and keep covered until all liquid has been absorbed into mixture and rice has completely tenderized.

So fluffy and yummy!


Enjoy with soy sauce or underneath another recipe. You won’t believe how “non-mushy” your homemade rice is, or how much flavor is bursting from something so simple!


11 Responses to “Cheap Recipe: Never-Mushy Homemade Rice”

  1. Mamie December 4, 2009 at 5:38 PM #

    I can tell just from reading the recipe that this is going to turn our PERFECTLY – I can wait to have a chance to try it!

  2. Kim December 14, 2009 at 11:59 AM #

    That’s it? I thought rice was really hard to cook. That’s why I would always get the the “rice for dummies” pouches. Now I have to try this. Thanks, Gracie!

  3. Gracie December 29, 2009 at 7:46 PM #

    Mamie and Kim, I look forward to hearing how yours turns out!!

  4. Mamie January 17, 2010 at 6:47 PM #

    Have made it twice now, and it’s FABULOUS! I will never cook “plain” rice any other way – kids love it, grown-ups love it, it’s great “under” anything, and yummy on its own. A total hit at our house!

  5. Gracie February 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM #

    Wow! Well, there it is folks. A winning endorsement. 🙂

  6. Kelsey Avers April 6, 2010 at 3:07 PM #

    Gracie! This rice is amazing! I am cooking it right now for the second time. It will sure become one of my favorite side/under dishes! My most current fave with the rice is putting slices of mango sausage on top of it along with some veggies such as broiled and seasoned asparagus or other veggies! Do you mind if I put this on my blog for others to see? With full credit to you, of course!

    • Gracie April 6, 2010 at 3:13 PM #

      Kelsey, glad you are enjoying it so much! Of course you’re welcome to review it on your blog–I’d love it if you did! Hope you noticed I put a link to your site on RKP’s main blogroll, so you’ve got a little “real estate” over here! 🙂 Good luck! (And thanks for the compliments on the rice!)

      • Kelsey Avers April 6, 2010 at 3:25 PM #

        Thank you so much! I will definitely be trying so many of your recipes to put on my site; they are just perfect! And I’m not much of a cook, but I am trying! So keeping up with your posts are a perfect start to hopefully not under cooking or burning every meal I put in front of my boyfriend! Haha! I’ll let you know when the post is up!

      • Gracie April 7, 2010 at 2:01 PM #

        I like checking your site to see what you’re up to. Maybe one of these nights your boyfriend will cook for you, yes?

      • Kelsey Avers April 11, 2010 at 8:17 PM #

        Oh he cooks for me all the time; he was originally in the military to become a chef, so he does way better than I do, lol. Needless to say, he’s loving my blog! LOL


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