Seasoned Rice Mix

Seasoned Rice Mix

The Spruce / Emily Baker

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Yields: 3 cups mix
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
350 Calories
3g Fat
73g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 350
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 562mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 26%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 8g
Calcium 50mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Make your own seasoned rice mix so you always have some on hand for a quick and easy side dish. You can control which spices and herbs you use as well as the sodium content, which is often excessive in purchased boxed mixes. Either white or brown rice works well in this recipe, just adjust the cook time as needed. Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice, but it takes two to three times longer to cook.

Store this mixture in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark place for up to six months. For four servings, you'll use one cup of the mix and two cups water. You can also use chicken stock, beef stock, or vegetable broth to cook the pilaf for more flavor.

Spiced rice mix only takes minutes to throw together and is convenient for a quick weeknight dinner. Serve cooked seasoned rice with fish, chicken, and a whole host of other main dishes and side dishes.


  • 3 cups rice (uncooked long grain white or brown rice)
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons instant bouillon powder (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • For Cooking: 1 tablespoon butter

Steps to Make It

Make the Rice Mix

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Seasoned Rice Mix ingredients

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  2. Mix the uncooked rice, dried parsley flakes, bouillon powder, onion powder, and thyme leaves in a medium bowl.

    Seasoned Rice Mix ingredients together in a bowl

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  3. Pour into a tightly sealed glass or plastic container and store up to 6 months.

    Seasoned Rice Mix in a jar

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Cook the Rice

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Add 2 cups of water or broth and 1 tablespoon of butter to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.

  3. Stir in 1 cup of the rice mix. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes for white rice and 35 to 45 minutes for brown rice, or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.

  4. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Serve warm. Makes 4 servings of cooked rice.

Recipe Variations

It's easy to customize the flavor of this spiced rice by swapping out or adding to the dried spices. Some good options include:

  • Cajun-style dirty spiced rice: Add the dried onion, dried garlic, celery salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper to the mix.
  • Italian-style spiced rice: dried basil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and dried oregano
  • Greek-style spiced rice: Add dried oregano, dried onion, dried garlic, and a pinch of nutmeg to the mix. Add a squeeze of lemon after cooking the rice.
  • Mexican-style spiced rice: Add dried onion, dried garlic, and dried parsley to the mix. Add tomato paste when cooking the rice.
  • Indian-style jeera spiced rice: Add dried onion, dried cilantro, and cumin seeds to the mix.