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Onion-Seasoned Rice Recipe

This fluffy onion-seasoned rice recipe is super easy to make. It’s also a delicious side dish for your family dinner. All you need are a few basic pantry ingredients to make it.

2 bowls of onion-seasoned rice

My paternal grandparents rarely served potatoes during meals because my grandfather preferred rice. That’s why my grandmother created a variety of ways to cook it.

She added all sorts of things to the pot—some good and others, well … not all of them were wonderful. But the ones that were good were amazing.

My husband and I enjoy this rice with these scrumptious oven-fried chicken strips. Another chicken dish we like with it is these baked Buffalo wings.

Although we prefer this rice with a chicken dish, you can also enjoy it with this mock Swiss steak. Or this incredible and easy-to-make pork tenderloin.

Serving bowl of onion-seasoned rice

I learned early on to stock my pantry with plenty of food and seasonings to make the food taste good. I’ve also learned to generously use soups, sauces, salad dressings, and other items to enhance recipes.

Onion-Seasoned Rice Recipe Ingredients

You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make this delicious dish. In fact, you might already have most of them in your pantry.

The first thing you’ll need is rice. Then you need broth, water, olive oil, onion soup mix, and celery.

Rice, water, olive oil, celery, chicken broth, and onion soup mix

If you don’t have everything, you can substitute other things you do have. For example, you can use onions or carrots instead of celery. Or try bouillon and additional water instead of broth.

I keep several kinds of broth in my pantry, including chicken, beef, and vegetable broth. Since bone broth is so good for you, that’s what I prefer to use when possible.

According to Medical New Today, bone broth has several health benefits. Not only is it packed with vitamins and minerals, but it also helps protects the joints and bones. Another thing it does is help reduce inflammation.

Occasionally, I make bone broth. But because it takes so long, I like to have containers of store-bought bone broth on hand.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make Onion-Seasoned Rice

First, combine the broth, water, olive oil, and onion soup mix in a pot. Bring this to a boil on medium-high heat.

Broth, water, and soup mix in a pot

Next, stir in the rice and celery. Cover the pot and turn it down to low.

Rice and celery added to the pot of broth

Simmer the rice for 25 minutes on low or until the rice absorbs all of the liquid.

Finally, remove the pot from the heat and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve hot.

2 bowls of onion-seasoned rice

More Recipes

Serve this rice with any chicken dinner and this delicious creamed spinach.

If you want a side salad, try this tomato cucumber corn salad. It’s loaded with flavor and goes with anything.

For dessert, your family will love this very berry no-bake cheesecake. It’s light, fluffy, and so flavorful!

Or you can try these strawberry chess squares from Back to My Southern Roots.

See this recipe shared at Weekend Potluck, Meal Plan Monday, and Full Plate Thursday.

Yield: 8 servings

Onion-Seasoned Rice Recipe

Bowl of onion seasoned rice

Serve this onion-seasoned rice side dish with any meal. It's delicious with chicken, pork, seafood, or beef.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 packet of onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup of chopped celery


    1. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the broth, water, olive oil, and onion soup mix.
    2. Bring this to a boil on medium-high heat.
    3. Stir in the rice and celery and cover.
    4. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 25 minutes.
    5. Before you serve the rice, fluff it with a fork.


You can use peas, diced carrots, and other small vegetables to add nutrition and color to this dish.

Since the onion soup mix and broth are salty, you don’t need to add salt.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 95Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 16mgSodium 496mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 5g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Friday 17th of April 2020

I think it needs a little more liquid for the rice ratio. Maybe 2 cups broth to 1 cup rice. But it was good


Friday 17th of April 2020

Thank you so much for catching that! I meant to put 3/4 cup of water, so I fixed it in the recipe. I'm glad you thought it was good. It's one of those recipes I turn to when I need a quick side dish.

Carlee Scharnhorst

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

What an easy and tasty side dish!

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