Create an aromatic rice dish that will impress the entire family and leave you wanting more. This buttery seasoned flavoured rice can be made in one big batch and then frozen for quick access at the end of a busy day. The great thing about white long grain rice is it’s like a blank canvas, it can take on the flavour you give it. You can decide what flavour you are in the mood for !

So forget the high-sodium pre-packaged rice meals you find at the store; this is the best tasting rice recipe, and it is enriched with buttery deliciousness. If you’re wondering how to season plain white rice, then you’re at the right place. We’ve come up with the best way to season rice that will delight your tastebuds, and we know that this recipe will quickly become a family favourite!

Flavoured Rice: Which type of Rice to Use?

Because of the rich flavours of the seasoning, using a mild-tasting, soft, non-sticky rice like the Dainty Royal Long Grain White Rice is your best choice. The idea is to have a soft and tender fluffy flavoured rice that is loose and flakes off the fork easily. This particular grain perfectly absorb all the spices’ aromas and buttery goodness while keeping a nice texture.

On the other hand, suppose you’re looking to flavour your rice even more. In that case, you can also try Dainty Super Fragrant Jasmine Rice to add a slight hint of exoticism to your dish. Often used in South Asian cuisines, this soft and subtle floral aroma can be a lovely addition to this buttery-flavoured rice recipe.

What to serve with Buttery Seasoned Rice

This flavoured rice recipe is full of mouthwatering aromas, and it goes well with almost any meat or vegetable dish. With its everyday ingredients, this flavourful rice recipe can be whipped up as a quick accompaniment during those busy work weeks, or reheated for lunch the next day.

While it might not be the best rice dish to eat with curries or stews, it goes well with grilled and roasted meats and vegetables. You can make it as a side dish with roasted chicken, marinated grilled beef, or garlicky and buttery seafood like shrimp. Get inspired and discover delicious rice recipes to make any day of the week!

Buttery seasoned Rice

Simple and flavourful rice recipe goes with just about any meal.



  • 2 cups/500mL Dainty Royal Rice
  • ½ a medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 3 ½ cups/875mL Stock (Chicken or Vegetable)
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp dried Thyme
  • 2 tsp dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp Salt (preferably Kosher or Sea Salt)
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 5-7 tbsps Butter



Take out one large pot that has a good fitted lid, place all the ingredients,except the butter, in the pot and give it a good stir.


Place over medium-high heat, and bring to a simmer until the edges are bubbling.


Once bubbling, turn down the heat to medium-low, put the lid back on and let it simmer gently for precisely 13 minutes, without removing the lid.


Open lid just a crack to ensure all liquid is absorbed.


Remove from stove and let stand for 10 minutes with the lid firmly on.


Add the desired amount of butter and fluff rice with a spatula. Serve & enjoy!


DO IT IN A RICE COOKER - You can follow the same steps, just put everything into the bowl of your rice cooker and press cook, let the cooker do the rest! PS You can even add the butter at the beginning!

If you have a rice cooker you can just throw all the ingredients in your rice cooker and let it work, it’s magic!

 Flavoured Rice Seasoning Substitutes

This buttery-flavoured rice recipe is very forgiving if you realize that you’re missing ingredients. You’ll find that the taste won’t be wildly affected with a few adjustments. Of course, you might want to substitute an ingredient for something similar rather than just omit it entirely. Here are a few suggestions when you’re short a few spices but still keen on making good rice for supper!

Garlic powder – fresh garlic will work just as well as the powdered form. Melt a dob of butter, grate two garlic cloves, and cook over light heat until golden (careful not to burn it!) Add to the recipe.

Onion powder – substitute for 1/2 tsp garlic powder or an additional fresh garlic clove.

Thyme – substitute for another dried green herb. Oregano and basil are good alternatives.

Paprika – A dash of cayenne pepper can add a little pizazz. But, you can also skip it altogether if you’re not in the mood to cook a spicy rice recipe.

Parsley – used mainly to give colour and a professional finishing touch. You can use any fresh green herb (like chives or sage), or sprinkle with green onions.

Now that you know how to jazz up white rice, don’t be afraid to experiment and make these flavourful recipes entirely your own!

Tips on Rice Seasoning

The best way to obtain delicious flavoured rice is to experiment with kitchen spices found in your cupboard or any fresh herbs in your fridge. Seasoned rice is essentially plain rice that has been cooked with various herbs and spices such as cumin, onion, powder, garlic powder, thyme or paprika. While rice is often served as a side dish, seasoned flavoured rice makes a great all-purpose dish.

You can also pre-mix spices in a jar and add a few tablespoons to the rice as it boils. Or you can roast uncooked rice on a stovetop along with seasoning before transferring it to a pot of boiling water. Toasting rice beforehand removes starches and can make it fluffier and tastier.

For more rice seasoning ideas on how to flavour rice, visit our flavour tips page.

Storing Cooked Rice

What to do with left-over flavoured rice? There is no need to throw out the finished product of a tasty rice recipe just because you have extra. Some people mistakenly believe that cooked rice cannot be stored and should be discarded for safety reasons.

Cooked rice can safely be placed in the fridge for 4-5 days with no problem. Once the rice has cooled down (approximately 45 minutes), place rice in a bowl or individual portion containers. Refrigerate within 2 hours of cooking.

Alternatively, you can always freeze any left-over rice, which will keep for 3 months.

Is this the best rice recipe in the world? Well, let’s just say that it’s definitely up there on our list. Especially when we’re short on time and need a white rice recipe with flavour to get us through the week!