Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice is a rice pilaf with lots of flavors that is a delicious side dish to add to any main dish. Try my Cilantro Lime Rice for another tasty rice recipe.

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Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice

Texas Roadhouse Rolls are not the only thing that is a staple on the Texas Roadhouse restaurant menu. Seasoned rice is a popular side that is offered. It has a strong flavor from seasonings and with crushed red pepper flakes, the rice also has a little kick to it.

Key Ingredients

Rice: Use long-grained white rice for this recipe, like jasmine or basmati. It separates better than medium or short-grained rice, which easily sticks together. 

Seasonings: The seasonings give bold flavor to the rice. If you don’t want a little extra kick in each bite, leave out the crushed red pepper flakes.

Chicken Stock: You will need 5 cups of chicken stock. You can certainly make your own homemade chicken stock to use if you choose. 

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Rinsing Rice

The first thing to do before making this recipe is to rinse the rice. The reason to rinse the rice is to give it a more consistent texture and remove any pesticides or debris that may be on the rice. Rinsing also gets rid of excess starch, which, in turn, keeps the grains fluffy and not stick together.

To know when the rice has been rinsed enough, the water coming out of the bottom of the strainer should be almost clear. At that point, the rice is ready to be cooked.

How to Make Seasoned Rice

Once the rice has been rinsed, set it aside and melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the rice and saute it until browned. This takes from 5-7 minutes. Next, add the seasonings and mix them in with the rice. Pour in the chicken stock, mix, and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer for 25-30 minutes. At this point, the rice should have softened and most of the liquid will have been absorbed. When it’s done, it will still look a little wet. Be careful not to overcook the rice. Serve immediately.

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Why is the Rice Mushy or Dry?

Nobody wants mushy or dry (crunchy) rice. So, how do you prevent either from happening? If the rice is too mushy, or gummy, it was probably cooked too long. Or, it wasn’t rinsed enough before cooking it. 

If the rice is still crunchy, or undercooked, it could have been cooked at too high of a temperature. Or, if you removed the lid too soon, steam could have escaped, causing the rice to be crunchy. Finally, there may not have been enough liquid added. If that is the case, add a little more liquid to the rice and let it cook a little longer.

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5 from 10 votes

Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice is a rice pilaf with lots of flavors that is a delicious side dish to add to any main dish.


  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock


  • In a large saucepan over medium-high, melt butter.
  • Add rice and saute until browned (about 5-7 minutes).
  • Add onion, paprika, parsley, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper. Mix until combined.
  • Add chicken stock, mix, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until rice has softened and most of the liquid is absorbed. (Be careful not to overcook; it should still be a little wet-looking.) Serve immediately.

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Reader Comments

  1. May I ask, are we talking proper official measuring “Cups” here or are you referring to Tea cups, or family coffee cups??. only the measurements never quite seems to work for me.
    Thank you and keep up the good work.

  2. I’m making my favorite Texas Roadhouse menu item for our dinner tonight—steak kebabs and rice (using your recipe). Thank you. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  3. I had them to do a meal for son asking plainly no butter or milk . Ordered grill srimp, broccoli, rice . Son ended up feeling sick and bad looked up and rice had butter .. so make plainer the. I did I guess if u have alph-gal

  4. The rice turned out great but the taste was bland. It didn’t taste like Texas Roadhouse rice at all.
    I went by the recipe.

    1. As the person who cooked the dish, you are solely responsible for it tasting bland.

      When you cook ANY recipe, you should be tasting it along the way and adjusting spices and seasonings to allow for variation of the ingredients.

      This is not meant as a slam, but as a suggestion to improve your cooking. We can both cook the same dish, but if I use a different brand of Cumin, the two dishes can come out different.

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe Amanda. I always follow recipes too the t and then later tweek them if necessary but this one was a home run for me. My last experience with Texas roadhouse rice was that the flavor was a bit overpowering. I found your version quite pleasing and the whole family approved!

  6. The ingredients of the seasonings for the rice were never mentioned 😔 only, the chicken stock and the butter

  7. I worked at Texas Roadhouse and this is not how you make the rice. Firstly, you brown the rice with oil, not butter. You add about a pound of butter AFTER fully cooking the rice before serving. There has never been red chili flakes. And if the rice is coming out mushy it’s probably because of the washing before hand and not letting the rice completely dry again. Also, chopped onions 1/2×1/2 and minced garlic as you’re rice is almost done browning so that way neither of those items are over cooked before you add your seasoned chicken stock.

  8. If you want it to be more like Texas Roadhouse, add finely chopped onions to the pan with the butter and rice in the beginning.

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