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French Onion Rice

This French onion rice is like a warm hug in a bowl. It’s savory, comforting, and bursting with caramelized onions and melty Gruyere cheese.

It has all of the classic flavors of French onion soup, but it’s even more satisfying.

French onion rice in a white plate with chopped parsley.
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And it’s so easy to make, too! It’s fancy enough for a dinner party but cozy enough for a night in on the couch.

I served mine with a simple roast chicken and a crisp green salad. Everyone begged for seconds!

Why You’ll Love This French Onion Rice

Full of Flavor: The caramelized onions fill the rice with more flavor than you could possibly imagine. 

Crowd-Pleaser: This tasty, aromatic rice will be a hit with family and friends.

Versatile: You can serve this rice with a variety of main courses. It tastes fantastic with roasted chicken or pork chops. It also makes an excellent stand-alone vegetarian meal.

Caramelized onions in skillet.

Ingredients

  • Long-Grain White Rice: Rice is the foundation of this dish. It’s fluffy, tender, and mild, perfect for soaking up all the other rich flavors. 
  • Beef Consommé: This strong, flavorful soup has a deep, concentrated beef taste. It adds a ton of flavor to the rice. 
  • French Onion Soup: French onion soup is the savory star of the show. It infuses the rice with classic taste. 
  • Butter: A must-have for sauteing the onions. It adds richness and depth and works wonders in the caramelization process. 
  • Yellow Onions: They complement the French onion-infused rice perfectly. 
  • Sugar: For caramelizing the onions. It also helps balance all the savory elements. 
  • Dried Thyme: For an earthy, slightly minty note that rounds out the flavors beautifully. 
  • Salt & Pepper: The dynamic seasoning duo. 
French onion rice in a baking dish lifted by a spoon.

How to Make French Onion Rice

Follow these simple steps to make French onion rice: 

1. Melt the butter. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. 

2. Caramelize the onions. Add 2 large, thinly sliced yellow onions and sugar to the skillet. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions caramelize.

3. Prepare the rice. Combine the rice, consommé, French onion soup, water, thyme, salt, and pepper in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Stir well. Then, spread the caramelized onions evenly over the top.

4. Bake. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake it for 30 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, uncover, stir, and bake it for another 30 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. 

5. Rest and serve. Let the rice stand for 5 minutes. Then, fluff it with a fork and (if desired) garnish it with fresh thyme or parsley. Enjoy! 

Tips for the Best French Onion Rice

Want to make sure your rice turns out perfectly? Check out these helpful tips and tricks: 

  • Keep things even. Slice the onions as uniformly as possible. This will ensure they cook and caramelize at the same rate.
  • Avoid instant rice! You absolutely do not want to make this recipe with instant rice. It will become far too mushy and have an awful texture. Cauliflower rice won’t work, either.
  • Give it a good rinse. Always rinse your rice before cooking it. Doing so will remove excess starch and prevent it from becoming too sticky. Rinse it until the water runs clear. 
  • Get toasty. Before adding the liquid, toast the rice in butter for a couple of minutes. It’ll help the rice maintain a firmer texture. 
  • Don’t forget to stir. Remember to stir well after removing the foil. This will help distribute the onions evenly. 
Rice with French onion served in a white plate.

Variations

Here are a few tweaks I’ve made to this recipe in the past: 

  • Pack in some protein. Feel free to mix in some shredded cooked chicken, steak, or shrimp before serving the rice. It’ll make it a heartier, more complete meal. 
  • Amp up the veggies. Caramelized onions aren’t the only veggies you can add to this dish. Try mixing in some sauteed mushrooms, peas, or diced carrots for a healthier recipe.
  • Make it cheesy. Stir in grated Parmesan or Gruyere cheese at the end. It’ll give you a deliciously cheesy and creamy finish.
  • No beef consommé? That’s okay! Use beef broth instead. You can even use chicken or vegetable broth in a pinch. Just realize the flavor may not be as robust. 
  • Use oil and butter. You can’t skip the butter in this recipe. If you do, the rice just won’t have the same rich depth of flavor. However, you can use half butter and half oil. The oil will help prevent the caramelizing onions from burning. 
  • Add Worcestershire sauce. Just 1 teaspoon will make the rice even more flavorful. 
  • Use brown rice. While instant rice won’t work in this recipe, brown rice will. You may need to add a bit more liquid and cook it a little longer. 
Baked French onion rice in a white baking dish.

How to Store

Leftover French onion rice is almost as good as freshly-made!

To Store: Let the rice cool, then store it in an air-tight container. Refrigerate it for up to 5 days. 

To Freeze: Place the cooled rice in a freezer-safe container and freeze it for 3 to 6 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating it. 

To Reheat: Reheat the rice on the stove over low heat. Be sure to add a dash of water or broth to keep it from becoming too dry.

You can also reheat individual portions in the microwave on high power. Cover the bowl with a damp paper towel to preserve moisture.

More Delicious Rice Dishes to Try

Mexican Rice Casserole
Bacon Fried Rice
Pineapple Fried Rice
4-Ingredient Souper Rice

French Onion Rice

Course: Side DishCuisine: American
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

1

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hour 

30

minutes
Calories

135

kcal

This French onion rice is almost too good to be true! The savory flavor captures the essence of your favorite soup in a hearty side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice

  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can beef consommé

  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can French onion soup

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Warm the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are very soft and caramelized. (About 25-30 minutes.)
  • Meanwhile, add the rice, beef consommé, French onion soup, water, thyme, salt, and pepper to a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Stir to combine.
  • When the onions are caramelized, spread them evenly over the top of the rice mixture.
  • Cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil, and stir the rice. Continue baking uncovered for an additional 30 minutes, until the rice is tender and has absorbed the liquid.
  • Let the rice stand for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork and serving. Garnish with fresh thyme or parsley if desired. Enjoy!

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

4 thoughts on “French Onion Rice”

  1. This recipe sounds very good, but the ingredients don’t list sliced onions. How many onions do you use in this?

    Reply
    • Hi there!
      Sorry about that, the top ingredients seem to have vanished!
      I’ve updated the recipe with the amounts 🙂

      Reply

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