Creamy Parmesan Rice – easy rice recipe – creamy-cheesy like risotto with a light lemony flavor. It whips up in minutes for the perfect side dish with chicken, seafood or beef!

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If you’re looking for the ideal side dish this is it.

It’s loaded with incredible flavors, has a creamy texture and goes with almost any protein.

It whips up in minutes from a handful of ingredients and this cheesy goodness takes plain white rice to the next level.

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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • This simple rice dish is a great option to plain rice and cooks in about the same time.
  • The cheesy, creamy consistency is one the whole family will enjoy.
  • Doesn’t contain Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken soup – just whole, simple ingredients.
  • It’s an easy rice side dish that goes with almost anything.
  • Enjoy as a main dish – just add shrimp or leftover chicken!

WHAT TYPE OF RICE IS BEST FOR THIS RECIPE?

This recipe has been tested using long grain rice or arborio rice.

I don’t recommend minute rice, instant rice, quick-cook rice or brown rice as cooking time and liquid amounts will vary.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED TO MAKE CREAMY PARMESAN RICE?

  • long grain white rice
  • butter
  • diced onion
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • chicken stock
  • milk (2% or whole milk can be used)
  • lemon juice and lemon zest
  • finely grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY PARMESAN RICE:

Melt butter in a medium saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat to medium-low heat. Add finely diced onion then cook 2-3 minutes or until onions have softened (not browned).

Add uncooked rice, garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt stirring to coat the rice in butter. Cook 1 minute.

Pour in the chicken stock and 1 1/4 cups of milk (reserving the remaining 1/4 cup) then cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes covered, stirring occasionally. You’re looking for a light simmer – too high of heat will absorb the liquid before the rice is cooked.

NOTE: cooking time may vary with the size of the pan used. If your rice isn’t tender, continue cooking another 1-2 minutes watching closely.

Turn off the heat then stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of of milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, parmesan cheese and 1/2 tablespoon of parsley.

Taste and adjust salt if necessary then garnish with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of parsley and serve right away.

BEST MAIN DISH IDEAS WITH CREAMY PARMESAN RICE:

This creamy rice makes the perfect side to almost anything including everything you see below.

Lemon Garlic Scallops – golden, pan seared sea scallops drizzled with a delicious lemon garlic butter sauce – on the table in 10 minutes!

Air Fryer Salmon – make perfectly cooked, delicious salmon every time in just 10 minutes. Juicy inside, lightly crispy outside and loaded with healthy flavor.

Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin – the entire meal cooks in just 20 minutes in a skillet! Tender, juicy pork with an outrageously good glaze. Easy, any night meal.

Crispy Baked Cod – fresh cod breaded with a seasoned panko-parmesan cheese blend baked until flaky, crispy and golden.

Chimichurri Steak – marinated flank steak grilled to tender, juicy perfection drizzled homemade basil chimichurri for an easy, Argentinian meal.

Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken – crispy parmesan-panko breading outside, juicy chicken breast inside. Cooks in under 15 minutes!

HOW TO EASILY CHANGE UP THIS RECIPE::

  • Chicken broth, vegetable broth or vegetable stock can be used instead.
  • Add leftover or rotisserie chicken to this easy rice side dish for a simple main dish on busy nights.
  • Substitute heavy cream for milk using 1/2 cup of cream and an extra 1/2 cup of stock for an even creamier rice dish,.
  • Wilt in fresh chopped spinach while the rice is cooking (if using frozen, be sure to thoroughly drain liquid from it).
  • Try cheddar cheese instead of parmesan that’ll give it more of a Mac and Cheese taste the kids will love.
  • Add other fresh herbs like fresh chopped dill or thyme.

HOW TO SAFELY STORE LEFTOVER RICE:

Package leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge up to 3 days. Reheat in the micro – add a splash of milk or stock if necessary.

Enjoy!  

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Creamy Parmesan Rice

Creamy Parmesan Rice is quick and easy to make. It's a delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with chicken, seafood and beef.
4.60 from 22 votes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup long grain white rice NOT brown OR quick cook rice
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock can use chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (2% used) DIVIDED
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice + zest from half of the lemon
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan or Dutch oven. Add finely diced onion then cook 2-3 minutes or until onions have softened (not browned).
  • Add UNCOOKED rice, garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt stirring to coat the rice in butter. Cook 1 minute.
  • Pour in the chicken stock and 1 1/4 cups of the milk (reserving the remaining 1/4 cup) then cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes covered, stirring occasionally. You're looking for a light simmer - too high of heat will absorb the liquid before the rice is cooked.
  • NOTE: cooking time may vary with the size of the pan used. If your rice isn't tender, continue cooking another 1-2 minutes watching closely.
  • Turn off the heat then stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of of milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, parmesan cheese and 1/2 tablespoon of parsley.
  • Taste and adjust for salt then garnish with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of parsley and serve right away.
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    1. Awww thanks so much for the kind words Christi! “Amazing” is always the goal! Mmmm extra creamy with heavy cream — sign me up! Glad you enjoyed this rice with your salmon – I appreciate you taking the time to comment — Bernie