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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Easy Sides For A Casual Dinner Party

Whether having a casual dinner party at our own home or bringing a covered dish to another home, I try to opt for simple sides:

Ranch-Style Beans – Preferred for many Tex-Mex food gatherings.

Homemade Creamy Coleslaw – Especially good for cookouts.

Instant Pot Boxed Mac & Cheese – Kids love it, or I add chopped roasted hatch chiles for an adult version.

Roasted Vegetable Medley – I save this for making in my home instead of trying to transport.

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

What Can I Add To Plain Rice To Add Flavor?

I have found several Different Ways To Flavor Rice so it’s very versatile and easy (and inexpensive) to cook.

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

My favorite ways to flavor plain rice are:

But rosemary-flavored rice sounded pretty good this time. 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.

How To Keep Cooked Rice From Being Sticky

It’s an important first step to measure & rinse the dry rice first. This removes extra starches on the rice grains and keeps the resulting 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 an electric 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, the times remain the same) 

Rosemary Rice Recipe

I add about a tablespoon of Bacon Grease into my pressure cooker’s inner liner and sauté the rice with 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 is translucent I cancel the sauté and add broth, the minced fresh rosemary and salt.

The add the lid and pressure cook for 3 minutes with 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!

What Dishes Go With Rosemary Rice?

Rosemary rice is pretty versatile and goes with many dishes. But here are my favorite main dishes to serve with my rice:

Air fryer fried chicken, steamed asparagus and seasoned rice. #TexasHomesteader

So give this simple rosemary rice a try. Your family will love it! 

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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