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Mushroom Rice Recipe – How to Make it in 7 Simple Steps

Featuring the flavors of golden brown sauteed mushrooms, garlic, and herbs, this recipe for Mushroom Rice is a wonderful side dish that will pair well with beef, pork, chicken, or fish. It also is great eaten on its own as a quick, tasty lunch.

A plate of freshly-cooked mushroom rice.

A pilaf is a culinary term for a rice recipe in which the rice is sauteed in butter before the rice is boiled in water. Rice pilafs take many forms with many additional ingredients and seasonings. Some rice pilafs include vegetables like peas and carrots. Our recipe for Mushroom Rice is a rice pilaf recipe that includes mushrooms, garlic, parsley, and thyme.

For best results, use fresh parsley and thyme for this recipe. Many people keep pots of fresh herbs growing in windows of their kitchen or in other places in their home, so they can always have a fresh sprig of parsley, thyme, or basil whenever a recipe calls for them. However, if you do not have these fresh herbs on hand, you can substitute dried herbs for parsley, thyme, or both. Since dried thyme and parsley have much more intense flavors than fresh herbs, you do not need as much in the recipe. Typically, the rule of thumb for substituting dried herbs for fresh ones is to swap out one-third of the fresh herb for the dried. So for this recipe, you will use 1 teaspoon of dried thyme and 1 teaspoon of dried parsley.

Mushroom Rice Recipe

April Freeman
If you are in need of a tasty side dish, this recipe for Mushroom Rice is a wonderful one to have on hand. This recipe cooks up in one pot in less than half an hour and makes enough to have leftovers for the next day. It is actually tasty enough that, if you wanted to, you could just eat it on its own in a bowl as a light lunch or dinner.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings

Equipment

  • Heavy-Bottomed Saucepan with Lid
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 1 pound Chopped Mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • cups Jasmine Rice
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Chopped Thyme or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • cups Beef Broth
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Instructions
 

  • In a 2 to 3 quart heavy-bottomed saucepan that has a tightly fitting lid, melt 2 tablespoons of your butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted and sizzling, add the mushrooms.
    The mushroom is cooked in a saucepan with butter.
  • Cook the mushrooms, stirring them occasionally for 5 to 8 minutes, until they are lightly browned. Add the garlic and the onion powder, cooking these for about 60 seconds, or until the garlic is light golden brown and fragrant. Take the mushrooms and garlic and scrape them into a bowl off to the side.
  • Add the other 2 tablespoons of butter to the pot and let it melt until sizzling. Add the rice, the chopped thyme, and the salt. Stir and cook these together for about 60 seconds until the rice is golden brown and toasted.
  • Add ½ cup of the broth, scraping up any bits that are stuck to the pan. Add the rest of the broth and turn the heat under the pan down to a simmer.
    The broth is added and covered with the lid.
  • Cover the pot with a tightly fitting lid, cooking the rice for 15 minutes. To keep the rice from sticking to the pan, don’t lift the lid or stir it. It will cook up perfectly.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir the mushrooms and garlic into the rice. Let the rice mixture stand, covered, for about 5 minutes. Taste it and add seasonings if you think it is needed.
  • Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the top of the rice as a garnish, and serve.

Notes

Our recipe calls for Jasmine rice, which is also known as Thai fragrant rice. This kind of rice is known as a “long grain” rice, meaning that it is about 4 times longer than it is wide. Most commonly found in white, Jasmine rice also comes in black, red, and purple.
The nutrition profile for white Jasmine rice is similar to other white rice, but the Jasmine version has a delicious herbal fragrance that adds to the flavor of your recipe. If you do not have Jasmine rice on hand, you can substitute any other version of rice that you have handy. However, you should adjust the cooking time at the end of the recipe to reflect what your package of rice calls for.
While rice isn’t necessarily considered a food that has lots of nutritional benefits, Jasmine rice actually does contain one very important B vitamin–folic acid. Jasmine rice has tons of folic acid. Folic acid is a vitamin that helps women have healthy pregnancies.
Getting adequate folic acid has been strongly linked with the reduction of certain birth defects, which makes eating foods that have lots of this mineral a great idea during pregnancy or when one is trying to conceive. If you are looking for a good recipe to eat during pregnancy, add this recipe for Mushroom Rice to your repertoire.
This recipe is a very neutral side dish without a lot of strong flavors. Whether you are looking for a side dish to accompany beef, fish, pork, chicken, or beans as a main dish, this recipe will be the perfect way to round out your dinner. Add a green vegetable and a soft dinner roll, and you will have a wonderful dinner for your whole family.
Keyword Mushroom Rice, Recipe, Side Dish

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