Savory Seasoned Rice

Yesterday, I made spicy pork chops for dinner, and we needed a side with great flavor that wouldn’t overpower the chops. This rice turned out perfectly,…


Savory Seasoned Rice

Yesterday, I made spicy pork chops for dinner, and we needed a side with great flavor that wouldn’t overpower the chops. This rice turned out perfectly, so I’m sharing it with you today!

Normally, we prefer a low-carb side, like the savory riced cauliflower that I shared a couple of months ago. But since we we’ve been eating down the pantry, the pickings were slim. We always have white rice on hand, though, because I use it frequently for the kiddo’s sensory bins.

This combination of seasonings will also work well for brown rice, jasmine rice or even cauliflower with some adjustments.

Savory Seasoned Rice

Savory Seasoned Rice

Donella Crigger
This savory seasoned rice pairs perfectly with pork and other meat dishes. The seasoning combination will work well with white, brown, wild or jasmine rice!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 c. white rice or brown, jasmine, or wild rice
  • 4 c. water or as directed on the rice package
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. regular salt
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt


  • Cook onions and garlic in butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until onions are tender and a little brown.
  • Add rice, water and the seasonings.
  • Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Let sit 5 minutes, and fluff with a fork before serving.
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It turned out beautifully, and the recipe made a TON of rice. We still have plenty left in the fridge for meals for the rest of the week.

What’s your favorite side dish to pair with pork? I’d love some more suggestions!

If you liked this recipe, you might enjoy the ones below, too!

Low Carb Crock Pot PorkchopsSavory Riced Cauliflower - You can make this dish even if you only have frozen cauliflower on hand.


  1. Rice is a staple in this house. I’ll have to try your recipe! I am finally pinning some of last week’s link-ups. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids. Hope to see you this week!

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  3. Just made this tonight and it was delicious!
    I cook rice a little differently… 1 cup rice to 1.5 cups water (I doubled it for this recipe though), bring to a boil, put a lid on, reduce heat to medium low and don’t touch it at all for 15+minutes (20 mins max). Light fluffy rice every time.
    That taste of all of these spices were awesome.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I haven’t tried it, Susie, but I think you need a little more time for the flavors to sink in and meld together. They may come out a little too strong otherwise, but it’s worth a shot. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

  4. I am having a dinner party and would like to serve rice. Can I make it 2 hours before dinner and still have the right texture.

  5. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe tonight because I have a lot of rice in the freezer that needs to be used up. , it turned out great! Except I made a few changes to the recipe:
    I used 2 Cups water & 2 Cups of Chicken Broth, so that it would be a little more nutritious. Then I substituted the Rosemary with Italian Seasoning, (since I didn’t have the Rosemary), added 1/4 tsp. Lemon Pepper, and last but not least I stirred in some Italian Dressing (Olive Garden brand) to give the rice a little extra zing to it. I’ll definitely use this recipe because it’s a quick and easy way to use up rice.

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