Don’t ever buy store bought Spanish Rice again! This is so easy and cheap to make and it was really delicious! I already had all of the ingredients and there is nothing special you need to buy. It makes about four cups of rice so there is enough for the entire family.
Adapted from http://www.lilluna.com
If you use Better Than Bouillon, add it to
hot tap water and stir until dissolved. If you
use canned chicken broth skip this step.
In a large non stick frying pan, heat the
oil over medium heat and add the rice.
Cook the rice until it starts to turns brown.
Add the chicken broth, salt, garlic,
pepper, cumin and stir.
Add the tomato sauce.
Mix well, bring to a boil and reduce heat
to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20-30
minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
Remove from the heat and fluff the rice.
- 2 cups long grain rice
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil or your favorite
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 1 tsp salt, optional
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 4 cups chicken broth (or 4 tsp Chicken Better Than Bouillon & 4 cups hot water)
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- dash of cumin
- If you are using water with the Better Than Bouillon, mix the two together and set aside. If you are using chicken broth, skip this step.
- In a large non stick frying pan, heat the oil until hot over medium heat.
- Add the rice to the pan and stir. Continue to cook until the rice starts to turns brown.
- Add the chicken broth, salt, garlic, pepper, cumin and then stir.
- Add the tomato sauce and stir.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. My liquid was gone in 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and fluff the rice with a fork.
- Serve immediately.
Funny in Spain we call it arroz a la cubana or Cuban rice 😉
Funny in Spain, we call it Arroz a la Cubana or Cuban rice lol!
Is it made the same way?
Yes bits of red peppers shown but you do better the kitchen lol
Looks so beautiful & delicious! By the way I’m just curious to know why rice is toasted like this before cooking, any specific reason behind this?
Thank you it turned out delicious! The reason you brown the rice before cooking it is it is suppose to make it fluffier (it does), it absorbs the water differently and gives it a better flavor. You should smell it as it browns, almost a nutty smell. You can do this to cous cous and barley too.
Thanks, Diane. I would like to try this sometime.
Thank you is is so easy to make!
I love spanish rice but always find the store bought kind too salty. This sounds great!
Thank you! Spanish Rice is one of my husbands favorites! It’s funny because I have never cared for the box mix but loved this!
This is a staple in our house. I start with a small, diced, onion. Saute it a bit, then add the rice and follow similar cooking instructions. I also make this in the Instant Pot now. Such a time saver!
I will add onion next time too! Even more flavor. Just curious, how long does it take in the instant pot?
Ohh..and a couple cloves of garlic; once the the onion has sauteed and before adding the rice. The IP takes about 10 minutes or so. I like that it frees me up to work on other dishes. Set it and forget it.
Anytime. I love sharing cooking info…you and I make A LOT of similar dishes and you’ve given me a few new ideas.
Love to taste it 🙂
Very simple to make, give it a try!
YUM! It looks so good! Thanks for sharing D! <3
You’re welcome Tammy! Have a great weekend!
Thank you my dear same too you as well 🙂
This looks great! I love Mexican and am always looking for a good side dish with my tacos.
Awesome! My husband even took the leftovers and fried it with hamburger, onion and green pepper. Thank you so much!
I’ve made something similar to this, so good! Going to try your version next time, sounds delicious 🙂
Thank you and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
We used to call this Rice Rissotto.
Wow I never heard that! Did you see today’s post? I put your website on it.
I’m going to try this! I have never made it this way, it really looks delicious!
Thanks! It’s really was delicious! First time I have tried it that I actually liked it!
SERVE IMMEDIATELY, indeed!
Hahaha you crack me up!
I’ll definitely be trying this
Enjoy it was really delicious!
I will try this – I love Spanish rice.
Enjoy! My hubby loved it!
Yes, please. 🙂
Simple dish! Give it a try you won’t be sorry!
I believe you!
;Learn something every day.Never heard of Spanish rice having lived there for two years. I have cook savoury rice almost that same way which is English/India Empire dish. In Spain they make piella in the market places on saints days and feed hundreds of people. Big pan the size of a table top and just as you say slowly built it up with chicken fish and rice with stock from bones and herbs. I had one plate of this in Torro and in Granada high street nera the old Almhambra road to palace. Watched it all from start with three helpers on chef. I was surprised and honoured by being given a portion along with all the Spanish crowd. They said God loves us all English forget us not. I found peace that day like never before in the very nation we bankrupted when the Pope sent Spain to build navy and attack England with 1588 Armada. Being historian sometimes builds bridges into peoples hearts. It did that day for me. We are all Gods children dear one.
We most certainly are! I love hearing from you, you have the most fascinating facts! Thank you!
Thank you Diane i try to please my reader as much as you do
You are so kind! Do you cook?
Sometimes…I make cakes mostly! I love to bake!
Sometimes…I make cakes mostly. I love to bake!
That’s how I started. Keep at it and you will be a great cook someday!
Thank you so much! 😊😊
Oooo.. Loved this! Gotta try this soon!❤
So easy and delicious! Enjoy!
I love to try every rice dish. Eating rice is also good for health. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. I hope you will also enjoy Chaas a traditionl spiced buttermilk of india. Here is the recipe update https://digitalshining.com/buttermilk-recipe-vegetarian-drinks/
Thank you and I will check out your recipe!!!
My virus protection keeps telling me your site is unsafe, so sorry I can’t bring it up.
Great thing about this is we can control sodium as well. Those mixes are always so salty!
Exactly and this doesn’t take any longer to prepare than the processed box mixes. Thank you Laurel!
Mmmmmm, food! I love food! Thank you for finding and following my blog. I know Rose and I are going to be trying some of your recipes.
You are very welcome and I look forward to reading more of your blog. Thank you and I hope you can find some recipes you and Rose will love!
I’ve already found a few. Thank you.
I agree, it really is easy to make your own Spanish rice. I am loving your blog. Sharing and saving. Have a great week. Sarah
Awwww thank you SO much Sarah!
This Spanish Rice sounds so wonderful! I can’t wait to make it! I have a Vermicelli recipe that calls for browning the pasta before cooking. It really makes it taste amazing. I’ve never seen it with rice but I can imagine that it really does improve the taste.
Yes it really did Patty. We loved this recipe. Thank you and enjoy!
It looks delicious!
Thank you so much!
I’m not very keen on rice on its own, but I love it when extra flavor has been added. Your version sounds like another delicious recipe!
Thank you and I am with you on plain rice. Give me gravy, sauce or anything that adds flavor and keeps it from being dry.
The Spanish rice looks wonderful. I love the simplicity of this recipe – and that it doesn’t take any longer to prepare the box mixes.
Thank you so much Sheryl! It is simple and delicious!
Never heard of Spanish rice in England we call this Indian Madras base dish.The curry then sits in centre of circle of this rice. I add turmeric to rice after cooking with crushed fennel seeds too. Spanish rice must be American take on things. Rive once swelling stops taking of flavours so steep rice on stock all day and then boil it up. It is what we do in England they cover it over once most of liquid is boiled out and leave for 20 minutes and fluff with fork and serve with cut limes. It also can be called China rice as they eat loads instead on potato. Im of that school myself rather have rice dishes than potato. Then not always have agreement and so cook what she wants instead. Latvian like the Irish eat massive amounts of potato as it is easy to grow where no shops exist in the past.
That is so fascinating! I just love learning how different cultures make certain food. Thank you Kevin!
I always assumed Spanish rice would be more involved than this. I appreciate how straightforward your recipe is!
You can add green peppers, onions or whatever else you love. This is the basic form of Spanish Rice and we love it. Thank you for your nice comment Jeff!
Mmmm, excellent, I could make it vegetarian, replacing chicken with butter? Hugs
Oh the flavor!!!! I love cooking with butter great idea! [[[hugs]]]
This sounds good, Diane. I almost always order double beans instead of rice in Mexican restaurants because it is done so poorly. But when it is cooked properly, it is delicious. I bet your recipe is a good one.
Thank you so much!
That’s it? That’s all there is to it? LIke you said, all these ingredients are what a person would have in their cupboard anyway. Fabulous!
Yes it is that simple!!! You can add more if you want such as green or red peppers but we loved it just like this.
Another beauty here Diane. One more for the “Fergy lazy single bloke in the kitchen” collection.
Great!!! This is a definite keeper Fergy!!! Have a great Sunday!
Quick update here Diane as I always say I am going to use your recipes and then never tell you the results.
I always struggle with rice, it is my absolute downfall and usually turns out all claggy and horrible. I scaled this down (cooking for one size) and it worked a treat. I actually grated a small red onion, which sounds an odd way to prep it but I often do it when I want the taste but not the bits, sauteed it off and then added and fried the rice as per the recipe. I added a couple of very finely chopped birdseye chillies as I was going for a bit of a heat kick to accompany spicy chicken breast and it worked a treat.
I know it was not exactly your recipe but it was the cooking technique I wanted to comment on, which is now my default rice position. Thanks so much for giving me this great option for carbs in my meals.
I love the addition of the onion and especially the chilies!!! Thank you so much for giving me inspiration as well Fergy!
My pleasure. I must admit that I never thought I’d be giving you cooking tips! That has quite made my day, thank you so much.
I am a chilli fiend and add them to nearly anything and I thought it gave it a bit of a kick.
I will never stop learning when it comes to cooking! There is a lot I don’t know or just haven’t thought of and I love any suggestions. ❤