Garlic Butter Rice is a side dish made with long-grain white rice, butter, onion, garlic, chicken stock, and parmesan cheese. It is smooth and delicious! Try my Stick of Butter Rice for another buttery rice side dish.

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Parmesan Garlic Butter Rice

You can never have too many side dish recipes. This garlic butter rice is a delicious and easy-to-make side dish that pairs well with many main dishes, but can also be enjoyed on its own! It is long-grain white rice that simmers with onion and garlic in chicken stock. Then, parmesan cheese is added to the rice for even more flavor!

Rice Ingredients

Butter: You need 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter for this recipe. I prefer unsalted, but salted butter works.

Onion: I used about a quarter of a yellow onion, diced.

Rice: Use long-grain white rice for best results. Basmati rice or jasmine rice would be good alternatives.

Stock: If you don’t have any on hand, make your own homemade chicken stock to use. You could also get away with using chicken broth.

Parmesan cheese: I prefer freshly grated parmesan cheese for easy melting into the rice. Be sure to have some more on hand for sprinkling on top when serving!

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How to Make Parmesan Garlic Butter Rice

Not only is this side dish flavorful and kicks up the flavor of plain old white rice, but it’s also made in one pot! Be sure the pot has a lid; you want to make sure to keep the pot covered as the rice is cooking. 

To get started, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium-low heat. After the butter has melted, add the diced onion to cook until tender. Next, add the garlic and cook for a minute before adding the rice. Coat the uncooked rice in the butter mixture.

Add the chicken stock, salt, and pepper, and bring it all to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover with the lid. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked.

Finally, remove the pot from the heat, fluff the rice with a fork, and stir in the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter and parmesan cheese. Serve the rice garnished with fresh parsley and some more parmesan cheese!

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How to Know When Rice is Done Cooking

I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but the best way to determine when rice is done cooking is to try it. Try the rice after cooking it for 15-18 minutes; you can always cook it for a few more minutes if needed. In addition, after removing the pot from the heat, let it rest a bit before fluffing it up. Cooked white rice should be soft and fluffy when ready to eat!

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What to Serve with Garlic Butter Rice

Yes, this rice recipe can be enjoyed on its own, but it is the perfect tasty complement to main dishes. Try pairing the rice with Browned Butter Honey Glazed Salmon, pork chops, or steak bites, just for a start. And, don’t forget to add some veggies to the menu like asparagus or green beans.

4.75 from 8 votes

Parmesan Garlic Butter Rice

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Garlic Butter Rice is a side dish made with long-grain white rice, butter, onion, garlic, chicken stock, and parmesan cheese.


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, diced (approximately ¼ of an onion)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • cups (277.5 g) uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups (720 g) chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (if using table salt, use ¼ teaspoon)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup (50g) parmesan cheese, grated
  • fresh parsley, for garnish


  • In a medium pot over medium-low heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Once melted, add onion and cook 5-6 minutes or until tender.
  • Add garlic and cook 1 minute, or until fragrant. (Be careful not to burn.)
  • Add uncooked rice and toss to coat evenly in the butter mixture.
  • Add stock, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer until cooked through and the liquid is absorbed (15-20 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and fluff rice with a fork.
  • Stir in remaining butter and parmesan cheese. Garnish with fresh parsley and additional parmesan cheese (optional).

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  1. Made this last night after all the hubbub on Facebook. WOW! It’s true, butter really does make everything taste better. My husband and son loved it! Adding this to our rotation of side dishes.

  2. I made this tonight and it did not disappoint! Garlic, butter, parm…who could ask for anything better? It was the perfect side dish and is great when you’re wanting something more than just plain rice.

  3. 5 stars
    Oh Amanda!!!! I made this for dinner this evening to go with roasted chicken and greens. My husband and I absolutely loved it.

  4. 3 stars
    It has great flavor but my goodness cut back on that butter!! We are a butter loving house but both my boyfriend and I had a hard time getting over the amount of butter in this recipe. And the day after when I reheated it, it left globs of butter at the bottom of the container. Definitely only need 2 maybe 3 tablespoons max.

  5. 5 stars
    I love your recipes I don’t like to cook anymore so they are very helpful because they’re simple and lot of them are one Potter’s

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