This Mushroom Rice is not just a great side dish, but it’s also the easiest and tastiest one-pot recipe you’ll ever come across.
This dish takes side dishes to a whole new level in the most effortless way possible! It’s a hearty side that can be cooked in a little over 30 minutes!
If you have mushrooms around and are wondering what to make for dinner, then look no further! Head to the kitchen right now and make this incredible Mushroom Rice.
It’s the perfect side for your favorite juicy steak or a delicious baked chicken breast. This dish is not only filling but also has a mind-blowing flavor. The mushrooms are cooked perfectly which gives them an incredible meaty flavor. You won’t even realize there’s no meat in this side dish!
What’s best is that this rice is delicious yet light in texture. It isn’t loaded down with heavy cream and is made with no canned mushroom soup! But it still packs in more flavor than any other Mushroom Rice you’ve ever tried!
Interested to learn how to make this recipe? Then keep on reading!
What Type of Mushroom Do I Use?
This rice may be made with virtually any sort of mushroom, allowing you to be creative while yet staying within your budget.
I have used button mushrooms to make this delicious Mushroom Rice, but you can go for baby Bella mushrooms, Cremini mushrooms, or any other you prefer more.
What Type of Rice is Best to Use?
To make this Mushroom Rice, you can use just about any type of long-grain white rice. While plain white rice is a great choice, using something a little more aromatic, such as basmati or jasmine rice, will take this dish to the next level.
What Type of Broth Should I Use?
Make sure to choose high-quality broth or bouillon cubes that are full of bright ingredients if you want your mushroom rice to be as flavorful as possible.
I used vegetable bouillon cubes, but you could amp up the mushroom taste by using mushroom broth instead.
If you have chicken broth or beef broth (or cubes), you can use it instead, but bear in mind that it will alter the flavor and possibly the color of the finished dish. But this is also a great way to customize the flavors and to play around with them.
Bouillon cubes work just as well as broths. In fact, my recipe tells you how to make this delicious rice dish with bouillon cubes instead as they are a more pantry-staple ingredient.
Consider buying low sodium chicken or vegetable broth for this recipe so you can adjust the flavor yourself. It’ll also give you a healthier dish with lower calories.
Are Mushrooms Healthy for You?
Yes, they absolutely are! Mushrooms are a rich and low-calorie source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. It’s also full of vitamin C (especially white button mushrooms!) and potassium.
This Mushroom Rice is not only delicious and healthy, but it’s a great source of carbohydrates to keep you energetic throughout the day.
What You Need to Make Mushroom Rice at Home
You only need simple ingredients to make this delicious Mushroom Rice at home for dinner today. Let’s see what exactly you need:
Mushrooms: I’ve used button mushrooms to make this delicious recipe, but you can use any type of mushrooms you like or have at hand instead.
Onion: We’ll be using thinly sliced onions that will be caramelized along with the mushrooms. Onions bring out an absolutely delicious flavor in the mushrooms, so don’t skip this ingredient!
Garlic: There is just nothing like garlic and mushrooms together. Garlic is the perfect aromatic to use to make this perfect side dish.
Green onion: We’ll be adding some chopped green onions towards the end to add a different dimension to the dish.
Bouillon cubes: You can go for either vegetable or chicken bouillon cube for this recipe. To learn more about what other options you have for the bouillon cube or broth, read my post above!
Olive oil: We’ll be using olive oil to sauté the onions and cook the mushrooms.
Long-grain rice: Long-grain rice is the perfect fit for this recipe as short-grain will start resembling risotto more (especially if you add more broth or water!). I recommend using basmati rice.
Water: Water is going to be used to cook the rice and to bring all the flavors together.
Seasonings: We only need salt and pepper to taste to complete this dish.
How to Make Mushroom Rice (Step-by-Step)
Making this delicious side dish is so incredibly easy! It’s a great recipe for new cooks to try as well. Here’s how to make Mushroom Rice:
Start by taking a large pot or pan and adding olive oil to it. When the oil heats up, add the sliced onions to the pan and cook on high heat until the onions turn light brown in color.
It’s time for the mushrooms! Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook it until both the onions and mushrooms are caramelized.
Now add the salt and pepper as well as the garlic to the pan. Sauté it all on medium heat for two minutes. Next, add the crumbled bouillon cube to the pan.
Pour the water and let it all come to a boil. Stir to dissolve any browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
Next, add the drained rice and let it come to a boil again. Now reduce the heat to the lowest setting, cover the pan, and allow the rice to simmer for 15 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated and the rice is done.
After 15 minutes are over, uncover the pan and add the chopped green onion to the mixture and stir carefully. Cover again and let cook for another 10 minutes.
Your Mushroom Rice is ready to be served! Serve hot with your favorite salad, or you can have it as a side dish with a juicy steak!
Tips to Make the Perfect Mushroom Rice
- If you want the onion to be caramelized quickly, sprinkle a pinch of salt over the sliced onions and mix well. After a minute, pat the sliced onions dry using a paper towel. This will take out most of the moisture in the onion and it will caramelize quickly.
- Add the onion to the oil only when the oil is hot, otherwise, the onion will turn soggy and will take a longer time to caramelize.
- Cook the onion on high heat and stir continuously to avoid it from getting burnt.
- Use a damp kitchen towel or paper towel to clean the mushrooms. Washing the mushrooms with water will not allow them to caramelize properly and they will end up not having a meaty texture.
- I recommend soaking the rice in warm water for 20 minutes. This step reduces the cooking time, and the rice won’t stick together.
- You can add a tablespoon of butter to the rice before serving while fluffing it up with a fork. You can also add ¼ teaspoon of thyme to change up the flavor slightly for a more Mediterranean spin.
- I recommend using butter only to fluff up the rice if that’s your preference, and to stick to olive oil for sauteing. Olive oil is a lot healthier for you and it has virtually no trans fat at all.
- Another way to vary the flavor is to sprinkle some parmesan cheese before serving. You can also stir in your favorite vegetables; anything from finely diced carrots to bell peppers or even slices of zucchini or some peas.
- You can also add in some browned ground beef to make it a filling meal. Garnish with fresh herbs for a flavor kick!
How to Store Leftover Mushroom Rice?
Leftover mushroom rice can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. It can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Just thaw and reheat in a microwave or stovetop before serving.
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Mushroom and Rice Easy One Pot Recipe
- 15 button mushrooms cut into thick slices
- 1 large onion thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 green onion chopped
- 1 vegetable or chicken bouillon cubes
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 cup long grain basmati rice washed and soaked for 20 minutes
- 2 ¼ cup water
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper
- In a pan, add the olive oil and when hot add the onion and cook on high heat until light brown.
- Add the mushrooms and cook until both the onion and the mushrooms are caramelized.
- Add the salt and black pepper and garlic and sauté for two minutes on medium heat. Add the crumbled chicken or vegetable bouillon.
- Pour the water and let it come to a boil. Add the drained rice and let it come to a boil again. Now reduce the heat to lowest, cover the pan, and allow the rice to cook for 15 minutes.
- Uncover the pan and add the chopped green onion to the mixture and stir carefully, cover and let cook for another 10 minutes.
- Serve hot with your favorite salad, or you can have it as a side dish with a juicy steak!
- Although I have used basmati long grain rice, you can go for short-grain rice and it will come out great. When using short-grain rice, soak it for 15 minutes and not more.
- Use the type of mushroom you prefer and what you have.
- Brown rice will work in this recipe, the flavor won't be as strong since most brown rice has a nutty flavor, but you can still use it in this recipe. Keep in mind that brown rice soaking and cooking time is longer.
- Instead of bouillon cubes, go for vegetable stock or chicken stock.
- This post was originally published in 2018.
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