Fat Rice

Recipe by Akikobay
READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 8-10


  • 2
    tablespoons butter (can substitute olive oil, walnut oil or any other fat)
  • 1
    large onion, diced (sweet or yellow or substitute several shallots)
  • salt and pepper, to taste (I use about a tsp of salt and a good grinding of pepper or another spice)
  • 2
    cups basmati rice or 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 4
    cups chicken stock


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In an oven safe, stove top safe dutch oven or pot with a tight lid, sauté the onion in the butter until translucent.
  • Add rice to the pot and sauté carefully until the grains are slightly colored.
  • Add in the stock and bring to a boil.
  • Cover tightly and do not remove the cover until the last step.
  • Put into the center of the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes without removing the cover.
  • Fluff with fork and serve.
  • Variation A -- For green rice, sauté a cup of parsley and a cup of green onions with the yellow onion. Proceed as directed.
  • Variation B -- For a safari supper, start by browning one pound of ground meat (we prefer turkey) with the onion, add the rice and 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 tsp or more of curry powder, 1 tsp of fresh grated ginger, 2-3 Tbs honey, 1/2 cup peanut butter, and 1/2 cup dried cranberries, add stock and proceed as directed.
  • Variation C -- For a Mexican style rice, saute a cup of green onions and a cup of cilantro with the yellow onion. Add rice. Combine three cups of chicken stock with 1 cup of prepared salsa, proceed as directed.
  • Variation D -- For rice with an Asian flair, omit the yellow onion and use only one cup of green onions. Add rice. Put 3 Tbs EACH of sake, soy sauce, and mirin into a cup and combine with enough dashi (fish stock) to make 4 cups of liquid. Proceed as directed. Before fluffing, add 2 cups of parboiled peas to the rice.
  • Variation D -- For a simple vegetable rice, precook 2 cups of frozen vegetable mix and add it to the rice when fluffing.
  • Variation E -- For a fruited rice, add dried fruits and nuts to the rice after sautéing and proceed as directed.
  • Variation F -- For standard fat rice, sauté ground meat, sausage, or small diced chicken with the onion. Usually, I drain off the extra fat because there's no reason to go overboard on the namesake. Season as desired and proceed as directed. Add in 2 cups of pre-cooked vegetable mix prior to fluffing and serving.