Herbed rice in a round whtie bowl with a grey placemat and stainless steel fork on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Simple Herbed Rice Side

Make a simple side of herbed rice to go with any meal. Customize your seasonings to match your family’s tastes and your main dish.

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Having an easy side to go along with a main dish can round out a delicious meal for your family. One of our go-to sides is rice. There are many ways you can make rice so that it goes perfectly with the rest of your dinner.

I like to use my rice steamer when we cook rice. It makes it easy, and the cleanup is minimal. Plus, you set the appliance and it does the rest of the work. I’ve used the instant pot as well, but it takes longer because of the time it takes to pressurize.

We’ve made quite a few types of rice in the past, including a box of Zatarain’s rice in the steamer. But this recipe lets you customize exactly the flavor you want and need.

The first time I made herbed rice, it was to go with our Italian-Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin recipe. Since that uses both thyme and rosemary, that’s what we put into the rice along with a few other seasonings.

Herbed Rice Step by Step


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice (cooked)
  • 1 tbsp butter (salted)
  • 1 tbsp parsley (dried)
  • 1 tsp thyme (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


Place the hot cooked rice in a medium mixing bowl. Add the butter and stir until it melts.

Cooked rice with a square piece of butter in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Sprinkle the seasonings on top.

Seasonings on cooked rice with a white rice paddle in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Stir to coat the rice with seasonings and serve immediately.

Simple Herbed Rice Side garnished with parsley leaves in a round white bowl next to a stainless steel fork on a grey placemat on a wooden surface (vertical)


Any leftover herbed rice can be stored in a container in the refrigerator. When you want to reheat, add a small amount of butter to the rice and cook either in the microwave or in a small pot over medium heat. Stir often until the rice is warmed through.


Originally Published On: December 28, 2020

Last Updated On: September 14, 2023

Herbed Rice

Make a simple side of herbed rice to go with any meal. Customize your seasonings to match your family's tastes and your main dish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Side Dish
herbed rice
Dietary Needs:
Servings: 6
5 from 9 votes


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice (cooked)
  • 1 tbsp butter (salted)
  • 1 tbsp parsley (dried)
  • 1 tsp thyme (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Place hot cooked rice in a medium mixing bowl
  • Add the butter and stir until it melts
  • Sprinkle the seasonings on top
  • Stir to coat the rice with seasonings
  • Serve immediately
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Nutrition Facts
Herbed Rice
Amount Per Serving (0.66 cups)
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 214mg9%
Potassium 71mg2%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 112IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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26 thoughts on “Simple Herbed Rice Side”

  1. We grew up eating plain, white rice so when we discovered flavoured, herbed rice, it was glorious! This looks delicious and can’t wait to try it.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. I always eat rice (as it is a common side dish here in Japan) but I should spice it up with things like herbs! Thanks for the idea!

  3. I like to put herbs in my butter already, sounds like it would save me a step with this recipe too if the butter already has herbs in it. I like Rice as a side dish, good to mix up how you prepare it to keep things interesting at meal time.

  4. Love this, as some times rice can be a bit bland so it is a great idea to jazz things up a little. This will be perfect for my curry evening x

  5. 5 stars
    Oh i have tried this before. Although what i had have local herbs as they are more accessible in my area.. I honestly enjoyed it more than typical fried rice.. The aroma is what really makes this dish stand out

  6. 5 stars
    Wow, you’ve got me with this herbed rice recipe! I hate wasting rice, and leftover rice is always the best. I will try this recipe!

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