Easy Recipe: Buttered Rice With Garlic & Fresh Sage

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Rice is cheap and makes a delicious side dish. Buttered rice with fresh sage is inexpensive and easy to prepare, yet it tastes fancy. And I often add a few chopped carrots to add a nice color. 

Rice is cheap and makes a delicious side dish. I make buttered rice with garlic & fresh sage. A few chopped carrots add a nice color too. #TexasHomesteader

Family Supper Gathering

When we invite my folks to supper, RancherMan often tosses some meat on the grill and I’m left to make a couple of sides and a dessert.

The sides can be as simple as opening up a couple of cans of veggies. Or I sometimes I Roast Fresh Vegetables (mom’s fave).

But buttered rice with fresh sage is an easy yet delicious side option too. And it comes together so quickly.

Rice is cheap, y’all. So it’s a staple in our pantry. 

What Makes Rice Sticky?

Rice turns out sticky if you don’t first rinse out the excess starches. So if you want light fluffy rice, be sure to rinse it thoroughly until water runs clear before you cook it.

Be sure to rinse raw rice to remove excess starch before cooking to keep it from being sticky. #TexasHomesteader

When I’m making rice I measure out a cup of rice and put it in a strainer. Then I run clear water through it to rinse off the excess starch.

Easy Buttered Sage Rice Recipe

It’s super easy to make this buttered sage rice with just a few simple ingredients.

1 Cup rice – thoroughly rinsed until water runs clear

2 Cups of Homemade Broth

(Optional – a handful of thinly-sliced carrots for color)

1 Tablespoon butter

1 Minced garlic clove

1/4 Cup finely chopped fresh sage

Preparing Fluffy Garlic Sage Rice

First I rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear. Then add the rinsed rice to the pot and add my broth. 

When making rice, I always use broth instead of water for more flavor and nutrition. #TexasHomesteader

At this point I like to add a handful of chopped carrots. I just like the look of them in my rice. Then I put the lid on the pot and bring the broth to a simmer.

I simmer my rice for about 15-18 minutes. I just want the liquid gone before I turn off the heat. (Sometimes the liquid cooks into the rice quicker than anticipated so I keep an eye on it.)

After the liquid has been cooked into the rice I turn off the heat and leave the pan covered on the stove while I turn my attention to the fresh sage.

Preparing The Garlic & Sage

While the rice is steaming, I sauté some garlic in a little butter. Then I’ll finely chop some fresh sage & sauté for about 2 minutes more.

I want the sage to be soft and nicely fragrant but I’m not trying to cook it here.

Now I simply scrape all that buttery goodness into my pot of cooked rice and give it all a fluff with a fork to incorporate it. Aaaaahhhhhh….

Rice is cheap and makes a delicious side dish. I make buttered rice with garlic & fresh sage. A few chopped carrots add a nice color too. #TexasHomesteader

My Streamlined Garlic Sage Rice Shortcuts

Y’all know when it comes to cooking, I’m always up for a Cooking Shortcut, right?

So more often than not my buttered sage rice dish preparation looks more like this:

In my saucepan I sauté minced garlic in butter until it’s translucent.

Then I add my rinsed & drained rice and give it all a stir to coat the rice. At this time I’ll toss in my finely chopped fresh sage & if I’m using them, chopped carrots as well.

Top it all off with 2 cups of my homemade broth, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt & give it all a stir. Then I’ll put on the lid and simmer the rice until the liquid is gone. (about 15-18 minutes)

This shortcut puts all the ingredients into my pan at one time. When the rice is done I might add a pat of butter for even more buttery goodness, fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

Shortcuts my friends. Always about cooking shortcuts with me. The rice still turns out delicious with less fuss.

Work smarter, not harder as I always say!

Other Rice Recipes

It’s fun to change up the flavor of your rice to go with the meal. So I have a few other favorite ways to serve rice as well:

Texas-Style Spanish Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Rosemary Rice

Fresh minced cilantro and fresh lime for cilantro-lime rice side dish. #TexasHomesteader

I’ll often cook up a Batch Of Rice in my Instant Pot. Then I can use rice to flavor as a rice side dish, make Chicken Fried Rice or add it to my Endless Soup pot to stretch that homemade goodness even further.

Can You Freeze Leftover Rice?

I’ve found leftover rice freezes beautifully. I section out the leftover rice into small freezer bags. That means I’ll be able to pull it out and enjoy it with another meal next week.

Did you make this Garlic Sage Rice? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Buttered Rice with Garlic & Fresh Sage

Yield 4-6 servings

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, garlic, rice, sage, side
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 6
Author Texas Homesteader



  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice, rinsed until water runs clear
  • 2 cups broth (My homemade broth is unsalted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage, finely chopped



  1. Measure rice & rinse under running water until water runs clear.
  2. Bring broth and salt to a boil in a large saucepan, then add rice.

  3. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15-18 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Then remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes.

  4. While rice stands, melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic & chopped fresh sage. Sauté 2 minutes or until garlic is softened, fragrant & garlic is golden.

  5. Add buttered garlic mixture to rice, toss well & serve.

Recipe Notes


  • Finely chopped or shredded carrot can be added with the rice while cooking to add color.
  • Finely chopped onion sautéed along with the garlic is a nice addition.


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