Semi-Indulgent Easy Brown Rice


This is a mild-tasting, fast rice recipe suitable as a side dish to chicken or fish. You can switch the butter out for oil or omit it entirely, but the dish isn't as tasty without it!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup instant brown rice (such as Minute®)

  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

  • 7 fluid ounces low-sodium chicken broth, or more if needed


  1. Combine instant brown rice, parsley, and black pepper in a microwave-safe dish.

  2. Place butter and lemon juice in a measuring cup.

  3. Pour chicken broth into measuring cup with butter and lemon juice to measure a total of 1 cup.

  4. Stir chicken broth mixture into rice mixture until all ingredients are moistened. Cover with microwave-safe lid.

  5. Heat in the microwave oven until rice is tender and has absorbed the liquid, about 7 minutes.

  6. Remove and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork before serving.

Cook's note:

You can adjust the seasonings to taste: lime juice and cilantro for a Mexican side, orange juice and thyme for another variety, etc. You can also switch out brown rice for instant white rice or regular-cooking brown rice, but you'll need to read the package to make liquid to dry ratio adjustments.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

110 Calories
4g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 110
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 37mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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