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Homemade Seasoned Rice Mix

This is a frugal and handy mix to have around! Make up a batch and you can make some for dinner and give the rest as a gift. Or, keep it on hand for whenever you need a tasty rice side dish.—Marcia Hostetter, Canton, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 6 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup rice mix (above)


  • Combine all ingredients in a storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Yield: about 3-1/2 cups.
  • To prepare rice as a side dish: Combine 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon butter in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in one rounded cup of rice mix. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 99 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Bob
    Feb 11, 2021

    Do you think the finer ingredients will settle lower than the rice in the container? Ya might want to list the ingredients to make a few servings at a time.

  • mary
    Nov 21, 2019

    Served this to dinner guests and they loved it. For a party of six, I used two bouillon cubes, 1 1/2 cups of rice and 3 cups of water. I scaled the spices accordingly. I look forward to mixing up a full batch of the mix for every day use.

  • sylvia_moss
    Oct 4, 2010

    This recipe is okay. I didn't think it had enough seasoning. I might actually add more bouillon granules next time.

  • Sherscot
    Aug 8, 2010

    No comment left

  • Catering
    Apr 8, 2010

    This recipe is a great idea! I only changed the garlic powder to 1 tsp. The rice is flavorful but not overwhelming. I served this side dish with chicken and it was absolutely delicious! A keeper!

  • Risbee08
    Mar 7, 2010

    This is a staple in our household! Complements everything, especially chicken or fish and fresh veggies.

  • lees1719
    Jan 18, 2010

    It was bit salty so I think I'll cut the seasonings down next time, but will for sure make again!

  • Grandmaj2u
    Nov 19, 2008

    To reduce the sodium in this, and not lose a bit of the flavor, just sub the 6 t of chicken bouillion crystals for 2 envelopes of Herbox Low , or no, sodium chicken flavor packets. You can cook the rice mix in water, with just 1 t of salt added, but really it is not needed, and you'll never miss it. You can also get blow sodium beef crystals.

  • mums the word
    Dec 14, 2007

    This is very tasty. Nice to have on hand in the pantry.