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Garlic Butter Rice

Garlic butter rice is a fast weeknight side dish that the whole family will love! Made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop, this garlic rice is great for meal prep.
a white and blue bowl with garlic rice topped with chopped parsley.

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Garlic Butter Rice is a fast weeknight side dish that the whole family will love! Made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop, this garlic rice is great for meal prep.

a white and blue bowl with garlic rice topped with chopped parsley.

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Rice is one of those sides that goes with almost everything. It’s affordable, filling, and beloved by even the pickiest of family members. It’s like the rice version of Cheesy Garlic Bread.

But you don’t need to turn to those heat and serve packets from the grocery store to make delicious flavored rice. I got you boo.

In a perfect world, I would serve a side of this garlic rice with Air Fryer French Onion Pork Chops, Paleo Roast Chicken, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy, Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli, or Roasted Frozen Broccoli. And for my vegetarian friends, try it over this Tempeh Bolognese from Hey Nutrition Lady.

Garlic Butter Rice Variations

The garlic in this rice is pretty apparent, so if you need something more subtle, either dial back the garlic or use roasted garlic. I always have some Instant Pot Roasted Garlic or Air Fryer Roasted Garlic hanging around my freezer.

For even creamier garlic rice, add milk or cream to the finished rice 1 tbsp at a time, stirring with each addition, until it has reached your desired consistency.

Making this after the holidays? Use Turkey Bone Broth instead of chicken.

3 photos showing step by step how to make garlic rice in the Instant Pot
a photo showing cheese being added to an instant pot for garlic rice

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Want a vegetarian version? Sub in your favorite veggie broth.
  • Like your rice more cheesy? Top the finished rice with additional parmesan.
  • If you need to make this on the stovetop, combine all ingredients except Parmesan in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to low, and cook for 15 minutes with the lid on.
  • I do not rinse my rice beforehand because I’m lazy, but if you choose to rinse, the cooking time and measurements remain the same.
bowls of garlic parmesan rice on a white board with parsley and garlic bulbs.
a white and blue bowl with garlic rice topped with chopped parsley.
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Garlic Butter Rice

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Pressurizing Time7 mins
Total Time18 mins
Garlic butter rice is a fast weeknight side dish that the whole family will love! Made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop, this garlic rice is great for meal prep.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/3 cup rice (see notes for options}
  • 2 cups broth {use your favorite}
  • 3 cloves garlic {minced}
  • 3/4 tsp parsley {dried}
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese {grated}

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to "saute" to melt the butter (it will take about 1-2 minutes). Once melted, turn the Instant Pot to "off/keep warm".
    3 tbsp butter
  • Add the rice, broth, garlic, and dried parsley. Stir.
    1 1/3 cup rice, 2 cups broth, 3 cloves garlic, 3/4 tsp parsley
  • Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing”. Press Manual>High Pressure>6 minutes. It will take 2-4 minutes to get up to pressure.
  • When the cooking time is up, flip the vent to venting and perform a quick release.
  • Carefully open the lid and add the parmesan and stir.
    2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Notes

Stovetop Instructions:
Combine all ingredients except Parmesan in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to low, and cook for 15 minutes with the lid on.
  1. Use 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley in place of dried
    Use 1.5 tsp garlic powder in place of fresh
  2. If you use instant rice, reduce cooking time to 4 minutes in the Instant Pot.
  3. I used long-grain Jasmine rice in this recipe.
  4. If you prefer brown rice, increase the Instant Pot cooking time to 22 minutes and allow for a 10-minute natural release. I would also recommend increasing the broth by 1/4 cup.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Rice
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 212.94 Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.39g10%
Saturated Fat 3.94g25%
Cholesterol 16.18mg5%
Sodium 392.33mg17%
Potassium 53.29mg2%
Carbohydrates 34.43g11%
Fiber 0.54g2%
Sugar 0.75g1%
Protein 3.68g7%
Vitamin A 354.8IU7%
Vitamin C 0.47mg1%
Calcium 35.64mg4%
Iron 0.33mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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68 comments on “Garlic Butter Rice”

  1. This is now a household staple and favorite for the entire family5 stars

  2. Would this work in a 6 cup rice cooker and if so, are the directions any different?

    • I have never tried it in a rice cooker and haven’t used one in 5 years. My best guess is yes, it could work in a rice cooker…but it’s only a guess.

      You’d want to melt the butter in the microwave before adding it and the other ingredients to the rice cooker. The garlic wouldn’t be able to cook down ahead of time unless you did it in butter on the stovetop. But it should soften up enough in the rice cooker.

  3. This was so delicious! Made it according to the recipe and the rice was perfect and fluffy and sooooo tasty! It’s the fluffiest rice I’ve gotten out of my instant pot. Ate it with grilled shrimp and asparagus!5 stars