Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is easy, simple and wonderful. The original recipe which was printed in the Spring 2005 Penzeys catalog, calls for long-grain rice; however, I liked it much better with basmati. Also, the original recipe called for minced onion but I found it worked very well with dried onion. I indicated that the butter is optional, because I did not add it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch saffron, crumbled


  1. Rinse the rice well, drain.
  2. In a medium size saucepan, add the rinsed rice and remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat.
  4. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until stock is absorbed and rice is tender.
  5. Fluff with fork and serve.
Most Helpful

5 5

This was fantastic! I made this using fresh onion and a minced garlic sauteed in the butter first then adding the rice. I also had part of a tomato that I diced up and added to the rice at the end. Served this with Jamie Oliver's Broccoli Salad#468517 and Lime Salmon Fillets#256059 and asparagus....we had a wonderful dinner and I will definately make this again. Another winner for my Favorites of 2012. Thank you for posting the recipe.

5 5

I really liked this rice! I used plain long grain white rice, homemade chicken stock, Penzey's onion flakes (since that was where the recipe came from) and a healthy pinch of saffron threads, which I let sit in the heated chicken stock for a few minutes before tossing the whole mess into my rice cooker. It came out beautifully- the rice grains were tender and separate, the saffron flavor really came through. The only possible change I would make is to add some garlic, in imitation of a local restaurant that I love where EVERYTHING is heavily garlicked. Made for ZWT6.

5 5

This was so flavorful and went perfectly with Tarragon Chicken!!! Thank you!