Zesty Ranch Rice

This Ranch Rice recipe is a super versatile side dish that will add gentle flavor to any dish you are serving. A great way to use a pantry staple!

Ranch rice in a saucepan


 

Calling all ranch fanatics! This Ranch Rice is super easy to make and adds fun flavor to your meals. No more boring rice recipes!

So I might be a ranch convert. I never used to be a big fan (and I still don’t use it by itself on a salad,) but I’ve found new and exciting ways to use it.

Some of my favorite ways to use ranch (or ranch seasoning) are:

Which brings me to this simple ranch rice recipe. With our pantry stocked with rice and the need to stay in as much as possible, I needed to upgrade our usual plain rice recipe.

Ranch rice on a plate with lemons and salmon
Pictured with Ranch Salmon

This rice is still really easy to prepare, but it’s super flavorful and delicious! You can make it on its own or as a bed for chicken, fish or meat. From what I’m told, ranch goes with anything, right?

Even though the flavors of ranch seasoning can be a little overwhelming when actually made into dressing, the spice mix alone is fairly tame. The right amount of flavor for a verstile rice so it can be paired with nearly any dinner recipe.

Before you get started making this easy ranch rice, here are a few tips for making perfect rice.

angle view of ranch rice in a saucepan

A couple of tips for perfect rice every time:

ONE. Rinse your rice in a colander before cooking. This removes all of the debris and surface starches, will prevent rice from getting mushy.

TWO. Soak your rice. Soaking it gives the grains a head start to absorbing water which makes it cook more evenly.

THREE. You might need to experiment with a brand of rice to get it just right. The package directions aren’t always correct. Also check your package against these instructions. If they vary greatly, go with the package to make your ranch rice perfect.

dry rice, butter and ranch mix in a saucepan

FOUR. Give your rice a quick stir to prevent clumping after adding to liquid, but do not continue to stir through the cooking process. stirring releases more starch and will leave you with mushy rice.

FIVE. Make sure you bring the rice and the liquid to a bowl. This ensures the water it hot enough to create the steam needed to make your ranch rice.

SIX. Don’t peek! I know it is hard not to peek, but opening the lid lets the steam, which is the key to cooking rice, to escape.

SEVEN. When you do check your rice at the end, press a grain between two of your fingers. It should be firm enough that the exterior holds together, but soft enough to mash with slight pressure.

water pouring into rice

EIGHT. Always fluff your rice with a fork. Stirring with a spoon naturally mashes it and makes it gummy.

NINE. Allow the ranch rice to sit, off heat, for at least 5 minutes after it is done. Just like meat, it needs to rest.

While I don’t use one, a rice cooker is also a great way to get fabulous rice. Any Asian chef will tell you that having will is as basic as having a stove. If you own an Instant Pot, it also has a rice cooker function.

zesty ranch rice for pinterest

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4.23 from 185 votes
Calling all ranch fanatics! This Ranch Rice is super easy to make and adds fun flavor to your meals. No more boring rice recipes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine rice, dry ranch mix, butter and water. Heat over medium-high heat until it comes to a full boil.
  • Place a cover on and reduce to low until just simmering.
  • Allow to cook for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove cover and fluff with a fork.
  • Turn off heat, returning the lid and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

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Nutrition

Calories: 215 kcal, Carbohydrates: 41 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 8 mg, Sodium: 596 mg, Potassium: 53 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 87 IU, Calcium: 17 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 215
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ranch rice
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

    1. Hi Greg, I don’t own a rice cooker, so I can’t give accurate instructions, but I would suspect that you’d add the rice, liquid and seasonings to the rice cooker and cook it for as long as the instructions on your model say to for this amount of rice.

  1. 5 stars
    This was easy to make and delicious. I will say that the ranch flavor is very mild. The one cup of rice made enough to feed at least 5 adults maybe 6. Will definitely make this again.

  2. Haven’t tried this yet, but will substitute water with chicken broth. I always have a shaker of ranch seasoning on hand! Sounds yummy.
    I will probably serve it with my next beer can chicken

  3. 5 stars
    What a great idea to take boring white rice to the next level. This zesty ranch rice will make a great side to so many dishes.

  4. 5 stars
    I have seen a lot of rice flavors but this one is new to me! I love it! You can never go wrong with ranch AND I love how simple you made the recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      Have made this several times now in the instapot. I sub chicken broth for water using the 1-1 ratio for cooking rice In it. Comes out perfect every time. Winning recipe.