How to Make Your Own Homemade Herb Rice Mix

January 17, 2013

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January – ahh the fresh smell of new beginnings, resolve, and improvement! No, I am not one to make big resolutions. I never really bought into that idea. Instead, I like to make a renewed commitment to certain aspects of my life that sort of became neglected as the year progressed.

January is the month of healthy re-starts for me! While I love to cook, there are times when I am just in a pinch and need something quick and easy.

Side dishes seem to be my downfall in the kitchen. If I am going to have a real food fail, it is usually from grabbing a package of some sort of rice mix. You wouldn’t think it would be hard to make some seasoned rice but sometimes it just is!

A few weeks ago I got down to business and created a pretty cool recipe that I intend to package up and keep on hand for those busier times! The end result was really tasty and this is a nice side dish shortcut to have on hand!
Herbed Rice Mix

  • 1 package ( 3 pounds ) long grain rice, jasmine rice, batsami rice, or wild rice
  • 2 cups dried celery flakes
  • 2/3 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper


  1. Combine the first eight ingredients; mix well.
  2. Place 2 cups of the mixture into a mason type jar and seal.
  3. This recipe will make 5 (2 cup) jars.

To Prepare

  1. To prepare one serving of rice bring 2/3 cup water/broth and 1 tablespoon butter to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Add 1/4 cup rice mixture. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.

The fun thing about this mix is that you can turn it into so much more! I love to add broccoli and carrots for a little twist!

Now how easy is this? I almost feel silly even sharing it but trust me…it is a time saver!


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Lauren @ Hobo Mama January 25, 2013 at 12:43 am

That sounds delicious! I love the idea of having homemade seasoning mixes — the convenience of the boxed products with the love and healthfulness of homemade. I’m already scheming what else that yummy concoction could season…


Luschka January 26, 2013 at 4:01 am

Oh, that sounds lovely! Fresh, simple and tasty. We just had a rice salad for dinner last night, so will give it a few days, but I’ll have to try this one! Thanks for joining the Festival of Food Carnival! (by the way, your link was wrong, so I had to search for the post on the blog)


Poppy Soap Co. January 27, 2013 at 3:40 am

Thank you Luschka for letting me know about the link troubles. I usually soak my rice overnight and make a big batch at the start of the week, but this rice mix is an easy fix when I did not plan ahead 🙂 Rice salad sounds yummy! I will have to try that.


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