Back to Spanish Rice

Print Options


Card Sizes

Spanish Rice Recipe

Spanish Rice Recipe

You'll find my Spanish Rice is so much better than any boxed variety found in grocery stores. Best of all, it can be prepared in about the same time as those so-called convenience foods using items found in your pantry.—Anne Yaeger, Washington DC, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add rice and stir until browned. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove bay leaf before serving. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 217 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 886 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Reviews for Spanish Rice

Sort By :
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"My husband and I both loved this recipe. I had left over cooked instant brown rice, so I omitted the water. Turned out perfect!! Will for sure make this again."

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"I think I would like it better without the bay leaf."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"This recipe is easy and cost effective! I am always looking for alternatives to buying over-priced convenience food at the grocery store! Thanks!"

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

"My family didn't care for this recipe. No flavor."

Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"I was looking forward to making this, and it was quite easy. Wasn't yummy at all. No flavor. Need to add some sauce, to get some flavor."

Reviewed May. 6, 2014

"I followed the recipe but sauteed the chopped onion and garlic together with the rice before adding the other ingredients. I also threw everything into a rice cooker so I didn't have to make sure it doesn't overcook. Turned out perfectly! Delicious!"

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"Very easy and yummy. I added some cumin and chili powder for more flavor since I didn't have broth. Thanks!"

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2014

"Delish! I sautéed chopped onion and a chopped sweet pepper along with the rice. Also used a can of diced tomatoes with jalapeño to add a bit of zip. Finally, I added sliced, fully cooked chorizo sausage at the very end to make this a complete meal. Dinner was a BIG hit!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"can I use same recipe in a rice cooker (14 cup)"

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"I have tried recipe after recipe trying to find a good spanish rice. I have finally found it! This recipe is so good and it is so easy! I love that it used minute rice so it is quick too!!"

Reviewed May. 25, 2013 Edited Jun. 3, 2014

"This was very good! I added a little red and yellow peppers and also cut the recipe in half. Sometimes I double the recipe and instead of using double the ingredients, I use salsa that I blend with my stick blender."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"I made this for dinner tonight, and it was amazing. All three of my daughters loved this. Thank you so much for sharing. I will definately be adding this recipe to my collection!"

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"I was so very skeptical, especially in using instant rice but...OMG this is incredible! I was nervous because I had to double the recipe too but it worked perfectly. The ONLY thing I would omit is the salt as another poster referred to..the bouillon takes care of that! Thanks for posting recipe!"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"This is truly the best Spanish rice I've ever made. Since I cook with brown rice I made some adjustments to the recipe including cutting the butter down to 2 tablespoons, the brown rice to 1 cup; using canned fire roasted tomatoes with garlic; increasing the water to 1 1/2 cups and adding a small amount of green pepper. This increased the cooking time to approx. 45 minutes but it was well worth the wait. The rice had a bold and very tasty flavor. Can't wait to make this dish for a pot luck."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"Excellent flavor! Simple to make! Family loved it. Will definitely make it again!"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2012

"I only had regular rice, not instant. If you don't use instant, you MUST use extra water."

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"This was very easy to make and the taste was great. I thought it was even better the next day. Thanks for sharing this recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"Made this tonight for dinner. Even my daughter who doesn't usually care for rice liked this."

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2012

"I tried this and thought it was really good after I played around with it for a little bit ( i used brown rice that wasn't instant).

I would definitely either not use the 1 tsp of salt or only use 1/4 tsp salt... it was VERY salty. I also used a can of tomatoes with green chilies and minced onion and garlic powder (I was in a pinch for time) I added a little chili powder and cumin..but next time i think i will leave out the chili powder."

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"Taking this recipe to Oklahoma with me to cook it for my friends down there, pairing it with the seafood enchilada's that I will also be making. This was the best Spanish rice I have ever cooked. Recipe was wonderful and simple to follow!"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"This was fantastic! I made it for a work event, and it was gone with a quickness. I can't wait to make it for home. It was easy, and tasted so good. I'm glad I was able to get some before it was all gone!"

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2012

"I love this rice! I 'health it up' a bit by cooking whole grain brown rice in beef broth. About halfway through the cook time, I add the onion, garlic, bay leaf, sugar, salt and pepper. Sometimes I'll throw in a dash of chili powder and cumin. It's very yummy!"

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"My kids hate Spanish Rice from a box and wine evertime I made it. I tried this one where I can control the spice and now they love it. I'll never use the box again."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"What a great recipe! I had been using packaged Spanish Rice, but this is WAY better and just about as easy and quick!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"My family loves this as a side dish with chicken fajitas. I add chopped green peppers to mine and leave off the sugar and reduce the salt to 1/2 teaspoon. It is delicious. Thanks for a great and easy side dish recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"Super easy and very good. I have shared this with a lot of my friends and family."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"i just made this recipe using the left over cooked rice i had in the fridge and it was very yummy!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2010

"This is AMAZING, quick, and so delicious! I added a can of green chilies for that little extra kick. My family absolutely loves it!"

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"Everyone loved the flavor & moisture of the rice. I was surprised with how well it turned out. Definitely better than anything out of a box, and it didn't take much more effort!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"I am cooking for a 15 man harvest crew and make this weekly. Its a big hit! The only thing I add is a can of tomato sauce along with the boiling water."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"This was quick, easy and tasty. Thanks for sharing :0)"

Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"I loved how this rice came out but I think I should have only used 1 bouillon cube or leave out the salt altogether. The rice was loaded with that sodium taste and my personal preferrence is less salt."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2010

"This is a great recipe and very easy to make. I used whole grain instant rice and nobody could tell. I will make this again. I also added a quarter of a chopped green pepper and a couple of shakes of red pepper to give a little zing."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"This is great. I like a little kick in my food so I used a can of tomatoes with green chilies. Just the right heat. I also added some chopped green pepper. Yummy!"

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2009

"I made this for a first time for a dinner party and it was great everyone liked it. You wouldn't think with the simple items in the recipe but it was good. I am not ever going to use the box mix again."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2008

"Very good!"

Loading Image