Need a Quick & Easy Side Dish? Instant Pot Rosemary Rice

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Rice is a staple in my homestead kitchen. There are so many ways to flavor it! I needed a quick & easy side dish for a casual dinner party so I decided to make rosemary rice. I used homemade broth & fresh rosemary growing in my garden to make this quick & simple rice recipe. 

Rosemary Rice - I needed a quick & easy side dish for a dinner party. I used fresh rosemary growing in my garden to make Rosemary Rice. #TexasHomesteader

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Casual Dinner Party

We like to invite my parents to join us for supper whenever we can. There’s just something about breaking bread together that bonds people, don’t ya think? And heck, my folks live relatively close so why not?

Typically RancherMan will grill the main entrée meat and I’ll provide the sides and dessert. One of our favorite sides has always been Roasted Fresh Vegetables because it’s eye-catching, healthy and easy.

But I’ve made that side the last time that they joined us. Although they loved it, I wanted something different this time.

What Can I Add To Plain Rice For Flavor?

I decided to make a rice side dish this time. Rice is a staple in my Homestead kitchen and I make it often.

Long grain white rice in reusable glass canning jar and burlap bag.

I have found several Different Ways To Flavor Rice. My favorite ways to flavor plain rice are:

But rosemary-flavored rice sounded pretty good for this meal.

Hey, I have that gorgeous rosemary bush right outside my door. Why not put it to good use?

I always have Homemade Broth in the freezer. And I often have Home-Canned Broth too. There’s never a shortage of homemade broth in my Homestead kitchen!

When it was time to cook my rice, everything came together quickly.

Cooking The Rosemary Rice

I measured & rinsed the dry rice first. It’s an important first step as it rinses away extra starches on the rice grains to keep the cooked rice from being overly sticky.

After the rice was rinsed & drained it’s time to cook it. I like to cook rice in a pressure cooker, it’s a very hands-off way to cook rice!

Cooking Long-Grain White Rice In An Instant Pot

Cooking long-grain rice in a pressure cooker is easy. Just decide how much you want.

Perfectly Cooked white long-grain rice in an Instant Pot #TexasHomesteader

    • 1 part rice

    • 1 part broth (or water)

    • Pressure cook 3 minutes

    • 10 minutes natural release

(You can multiply those measurements up to 4 cups if you’re using a 6 quart pressure cooker) 

Rosemary Rice Recipe

I tossed about a tablespoon of Bacon Grease into my pressure cooker’s inner liner and sautéed the rice with my minced garlic.

(COOK’S NOTE: I often chop a carrot or two into small pieces and sauté as well. I like the color it gives the finished rice)

When the garlic was translucent I canceled the saute. Then I added broth, the minced fresh rosemary and the salt.

The lid of the pressure cooker was added. The rice was pressure cooked for 3 minutes and I allowed a 10 minute natural release.

Fluff With A Fork & Serve

When the cooking time was done I fluffed it all with a fork and added it to a serving bowl. I added a sprinkling of finely-minced fresh rosemary and some chopped chives for a splash of color.

It was delicious and oh-so-easy. And it costs only pennies!

Want my recipe? Alrighty then!

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

Rosemary Rice Recipe

This easy rosemary rice recipe is easy enough for a weekday meal, but fancy enough for company. #TexasHomesteader

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword garlic, onions, rice, rosemary
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Natural Release Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups


  • cups Uncooked long-grain white rice
  • cups Broth, (my homemade broth is unsalted)
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 5-inch stem Fresh rosemary leaves (about 2 teaspoons minced)
  • ¾ teaspoons Salt, (if using unsalted broth)
  • Small amount of bacon grease to saute vegggies
  • 1 Finely-chopped carrot (optional, for color)


  1. Rinse 1½ cups rice until water runs clear - drain.

  2. In pressure cooker sauté the minced garlic & rice (and chopped carrot if using) in tablespoon of bacon grease until garlic is translucent. Turn off saute function.

  3. Add broth, salt & rosemary. Add the pressure cooker lid, vent to 'sealing' and cook under high pressure for 3 minutes.

  4. When cooking time is up, leave the lid on the pressure cooker and allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing remaining pressure & lifting the lid.

  5. Fluff with fork, sprinkle finely-minced fresh rosemary or chopped chives on top as a garnish and serve.


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2 thoughts on “Need a Quick & Easy Side Dish? Instant Pot Rosemary Rice

  1. candace Ford

    Sounds good, except for the Rosemary! Seriously I love the smell of Rosemary and I love that it is soooo easy to grow here, but the taste, not so much. I might give it a go with homemade basil pesto Which I make and freeze whenever I have a good crop of basil or my home grown and dried oregano. Rice is a great base for a lot of good food.

    Western Oregon has moved into the rainy season which is good for many reasons even tho I don’t love it.! Constantly wiping giant dog feet! Gaaak!!!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Rosemary is so strong that it’s easy to over-do it in any dish. I’ll admit I enjoy rosemary’s smell more than its taste, but I still enjoy the taste of rosemary provided it’s not overdone. RancherMan’s the same. I was pleasantly surprised when he raved over the rice, knowing it could have gone either way for him. I now make this dish relatively often just because it’s a different side than my traditional can of veggies during the winter months. ~TxH~


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