Need a Quick & Easy Side Dish? 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 and I’ll provide the sides and dessert. One of our favorite sides is Roasted Fresh Vegetables because it’s eye-catching, healthy and easy.

But I’ve made that side the last 2-3 times that they joined us. Although they loved it, I wanted something different this time. Hey, I have that gorgeous rosemary bush right outside my door. Why not put it to good use?

I decided to make rosemary-flavored rice for a quick & easy yet delicious side.

I have Different Ways To Flavor Rice. But this rosemary-flavored rice sounded pretty good.

I initially found this simple recipe at A Taste Of Home and I knew I had all the ingredients for the recipe. And y’all know I always have Homemade Broth in the freezer.

So I pulled some out and thawed it in the refrigerator beforehand. When it was time to cook my rice, everything came together quickly.

Cooking The Rosemary Rice

I measured & rinsed the dry rice first as I’ve heard that rinses away extra starches on the rice grains and keeps the cooked rice from being overly sticky.

Then I tossed about a tablespoon of Bacon Grease in the bottom of my pan and sautéed the rice with my minced garlic.

(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 added my broth, the minced fresh rosemary and the salt. When the broth began to boil I turned down the heat, covered the pot and let it all simmer gently for about 10-12 minutes.

Then I turned off the heat and kept the pot covered to allow it to steam and soak up the remaining broth. You just want to steam until the liquid is absorbed.

Fluff With A Fork & Serve

When the cooking time was done I fluffed it all with a fork, added a sprinkling of finely-minced rosemary and some chopped chives for a splash of color and served my side dish.

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

Want my recipe? Alrighty then!

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 12 minutes
Servings 4 cups


  • 1.5 cups Uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups Broth, (my homemade broth is unsalted)
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 5-inch stem Fresh rosemary leaves (about 2 teaspoons minced)
  • 3/4 teaspoons Salt, (if using unsalted broth)
  • Small amount of bacon grease to saute vegggies
  • 1 Finely-chopped carrot (optional, for color)


  1. Rinse 1.5 cups rice until water runs clear - drain.

  2. Sauté the minced garlic & rice (and chopped carrot if using) in tablespoon of bacon grease until garlic is translucent

  3. Add broth, salt & rosemary and bring to a boil
  4. Lower heat, cover pan and simmer 10-12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

  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? 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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