Stick of Butter Baked Rice

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Stick of Butter Baked Rice is soft and fluffy rice that is loaded with sweet, rich flavors from onion soup and butter.  It is quick and easy to prep and bakes in the oven to perfection!

You have to also try this No Peak Chicken and Rice Casserole or Easy Sausage and Rice Casserole for more baked rice favorites.  They are both simple to make and smell amazing as they cook in the oven!

A gold spoon scooping up baked rice from a casserole dish.

Stick of Butter Baked Rice Recipe

Looking for the perfect side dish to create a comforting family meal?  This stick of butter baked rice recipe is super easy and turns out fluffy and flavorful every time.  The French onion soup adds a sweet depth of flavor along with the rich butter that makes the rice so moist and soft.  It is both filling and delicious!

This is a family favorite rice you will find yourself making with everything!  It is so versatile, and even picky eaters will go crazy over it!  Just toss 4 simple ingredients together, cover it with foil, set it in the oven, and you are done!  This is a must-try rice recipe that is SO good! Serve it up with some delicious Cast Iron Skillet Pork Chops or some Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders and you will have a go-to meal that the whole family will love.

Rice Ingredients

Just 4 basic ingredients incorporate together so well to make the best rice ever!  It is both crowd-pleasing and easy to make.  You will want to make this rice over and over!

  • Long grain rice: Do not use instant rice.
  • French onion soup: Adds sweet and savory onion flavor to the rice.
  • Beef broth: Keeps the rice moist as it cooks, resulting in soft and fluffy rice.
  • Butter: Sliced and mixed together with the onion soup, beef broth, and butter.

How to Make Baked Rice

This amazing stick of butter rice recipe is so simple and comes together so quickly.  Start by stirring all your ingredients together, then place the dish in the oven, where it will bake to perfection. The delicious smell will fill your home while you wait.  When it is done, just fluff, serve, and enjoy!

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In an 8×8 or 2-quart dish, add the rice, French onion soup, beef broth, and butter.
  3. Bake: Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 30 more minutes. Remove from oven, fluff with a fork, and serve!
Stick of butter rice prepped and ready to be put in the oven.

Variations for Butter Rice

You can leave this baked rice plain for a perfect kid-friendly, savory rice.  Or load it up with some favorites like crumbled bacon or mushrooms.  Either way, this rice will turn out to be the star of the meal and will feel more like the main dish than a side.

  • Add-ins: Sliced mushrooms, bacon crumbles, or diced onions.
  • Toppings: Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top adds a nutty flavor that is perfect with this rice.
  • Rice: Use wild rice or brown rice instead of white rice.  Tip: Brown rice may take longer to cook.
  • Soup: Swap out the French onion for the cream of mushroom soup.
  • Sauces: Add soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or beef consomme for even more flavor.
The top view of baked rice in a casserole dish with a large spoon.

Storing Stick of Butter Rice

This baked rice recipe can be prepared ahead of time so that all you have to do is bake it! Or, leftovers taste fantastic for this rice too. Just heat them up, and they will taste so fresh. You will never know that they are a day or two old.

How to Make Ahead of Time: This rice is also awesome as a take-and-bake meal option.  Prepare the rice in the dish but do not bake.  Cover with aluminum foil that has baking instructions written on it.  Take it to a friend or family member to bake and enjoy.  They will be so amazed at the flavor!!

To Store Leftovers: Let the rice cool down to room temperature, then store it in an airtight container in your fridge. It will last in the fridge for about 6 days. Or, store it longer, and freeze it for up to 6 months.

A close up of baked rice in a casserole dish.

Stick of Butter Baked Rice

5 from 4 votes
Stick of Butter Baked Rice is soft and fluffy rice that is loaded with sweet, rich flavors from onion soup and butter.  It is quick and easy to prep and bakes in the oven to perfection!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup long grain rice, not instant
  • 1 (10 ounce )can French onion soup (Campbell's)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can beef broth
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, sliced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In an 8×8 or 2 quart dish add the rice, French onion soup, beef broth, and sliced butter. 
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, fluff with a fork, and serve!

Notes

Originally Posted on July 13, 2020
Updated May 15, 2023

Nutrition

Serves: 8

Calories186kcal (9%)Carbohydrates19g (6%)Protein2g (4%)Fat12g (18%)Saturated Fat7g (35%)Cholesterol31mg (10%)Sodium104mg (4%)Potassium27mg (1%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A355IU (7%)Calcium10mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked rice, butter baked rice, stick of butter baked rice, stick of butter rice
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Has anyone tried a gluten-free version of this recipe? I would have to use Progresso French onion soup. Would I reduce the amount of broth in that case?

  2. I have a question on the soup/broth size listed at 14 ounces. I live in the US and the standard size is 10.4 ounces for both of these. The family size is 22 ounces. Is the sizes listed in this recipe acurate? Or do I need to buy two cans of each of the soup/broth to get to that 14 ounces??

    1. Hello! Thanks for catching that. The measurement for a soup can is typically 10 oz, while the measurement for a can of broth is 14.5 oz. I have adjusted the recipe card to reflect those new changes. Let me know how it turns out!!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner yesterday. Perfect size recipe for the hubs and me and SO easy! Substituted Lipton onion mushroom soup mix and Better Than Boullion beef boullion for the canned soup and stock. Also added chopped green onion and it was very tasty. Looking forward to trying other combinations of flavors. Thank you for a great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I make this often, I melt my stick of butter and saute an onion and mushrooms and then add it to the rice with 2 cans of beef consomme or 1 can consomme and 1 can cream of mushroom. It is an amazing side dish!

  5. Is there any way that I can use onion soup mix and just add extra beef stock? I can’t find French onion soup in the can. Thank you!

  6. I need to double this recipe so I will be using a 13 x 9 pan. That shouldn’t change the length of cooking time, but do you know for sure if it will?

  7. 5 stars
    Made this about a week ago. It WAS DELICIOUS!!! Made it as written. A wonderful change to the plain rice.
    A serious comfort food! Yum!

  8. Hi
    Do you cook the mushrooms first before adding to the rice. Also, do you have to add more liquid?

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