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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

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

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amsm User ID: 8302234 251914
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2016

"This recipe was easy to make with ingredients that I have on hand. I will definitely make it again!"

vstern User ID: 4035754 234999
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."

daddyspunkin_n_mommaspuddin User ID: 1404437 217488
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

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

aicenhour User ID: 4627743 216482
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!"

xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 5491
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

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

MY REVIEW User ID: 1665956 7573
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."

Awesome_Sauce User ID: 7786676 5490
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!"

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 6578
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!"

Evercookin User ID: 7602732 7038
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!"

istIrene User ID: 7365992 199759
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

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

rgriffin209 User ID: 1907566 9315
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!!"

Salbo User ID: 48197 7523
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."

armywife2003 User ID: 5774037 6577
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!"

Irishpenny182 User ID: 6630598 3732
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!"

redrockcountry User ID: 1634760 6313
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."

BEVVVV User ID: 457966 8832
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

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

Cwedde User ID: 6768028 3700
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2012

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

Rochy User ID: 5488925 8255
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!"

oetjensfamily User ID: 5299329 8829
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

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

dminkus User ID: 6010427 3696
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."

WilliamsD17 User ID: 5458545 6576
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!"

lorischlecht User ID: 1226455 6575
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!"

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 199758
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!"

NinaJ User ID: 2056812 199757
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."

shell7293 User ID: 5815824 6312
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!"

grammadebby User ID: 1015752 3695
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."

RoxannaJohnson User ID: 4149162 7522
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

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

jesskat3 User ID: 1291631 7521
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!"

Prysmangel User ID: 5470575 2745
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!"

meganbistodeau User ID: 5417638 6300
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!"

ajkan User ID: 5338812 6596
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."

AngelRyan75 User ID: 4998672 8254
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

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

Mendez84 User ID: 4570115 2736
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."

spaoletta User ID: 4790556 6574
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."

magsnvivi User ID: 4468172 2732
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!"

jennhope User ID: 3945251 3694
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."

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 6595
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2008

"Very good!"

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