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A white platter full of restaurant style Mexican rice sits on a dark wood table. There is a garnish of tomatoes and cilantro.
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4.59 from 17 votes

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice On The Stove

This version is prepared on the stovetop.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker


  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup short grain white rice
  • 3 1/4 cups hot water
  • 3 tsp. Knorr tomato bullion


  • In a large nonstick frying pan, sauté onion in butter on medium-high for 2 minutes. Add the rice and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add water and bullion and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and put the lid on leaving about a 1/4" gap for steam to escape.
  • Cook for 25-27 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. (Don't stir or lift the lid until 25 minutes.)