Garlic Parmesan Rice

This one skillet Garlic Parmesan Rice is a quick and easy side dish recipe that pairs perfectly with chicken, beef and seafood!

My family LOVES this quick and easy Garlic Parmesan Rice! It's the perfect side dish recipe!pinterestA couple weeks ago I shared a picture of my very basic dinner on my instagram stories. It was just some grilled chicken, steamed broccoli and this Garlic Parmesan Rice. I was blown away by how many of you guys requested this recipe!

If there’s one thing I can guarantee that my kids will eat without any complaint, it’s a warm side of rice. So you can bet that rice gets prepared on the regular in our house.

We love this Vegetable Rice Pilaf, Cilantro Lime Rice and the Mexican Rice is also one of our favorites. But this creamy Garlic Parmesan Rice has quickly become the kid’s favorite side dish.

Start by toasting the uncooked rice in olive oil and butter along with some garlic powder and dried parsley.

Tips for Making Garlic Parmesan Rice in a skillet:

  • To get the most flavor out of your rice, start by toasting the rice in the skillet before adding any wet ingredients to the pan.
  • My favorite type of rice to use for skillet rice is Jasmine, which is a long grain white rice.
  • For best texture rinse the rice with water prior to toasting in the skillet. This will reduce the amount of stickiness you get when it’s finished cooking.

I like this rice so much because it’s a little creamy, super flavorful, and ultra simple to make. You can increase or decrease the amount of garlic flavor by adjusting that to taste.

My kids LOVED this creamy Garlic Parmesan Rice side dish recipe! So quick and easy to make!

The flavors are sophisticated but simple and pair perfectly with chicken, steak, pork, seafood… really just about anything!

You’re going to love this easy side of rice!


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Garlic Parmesan Rice

My family LOVES this quick and easy Garlic Parmesan Rice! It's the perfect side dish recipe!

This quick and easy Garlic Parmesan Rice is a flavorful side dish recipe that pairs perfectly with anything!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 tbsp salted butter, divided
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup Jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add 2 tbsp butter and olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add rice, garlic salt and parsley and toast rice until just lightly browned.
  2. Add in water and 1/2 cup milk. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Stir in the remaining 2 tbsp butter, 1/2 cup milk and parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy warm.

Keywords: garlic, parmesan, rice, stovetop, easy, sides


My family LOVES this quick and easy Garlic Parmesan Rice! It's the perfect side dish recipe!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
15 Responses
  1. Jessica Parker

    I just made this and your last minute chicken. I cant describe how great it tastes. I doubled the recipe and made exactly as you wrote…except for adding a tiny bit more cheese. Thank you for both recipes!

  2. Becca

    Delicious!! This was a hit! I used a little more cheese than the recipe calls for, but otherwise stuck to the instructions and it turned out so good.

  3. Stacia

    I want to try this! Have you ever transferred the browned rice to a rice cooker for the rest of the cook? My range runs hot and routinely burns rice–there’s no setting for a low simmer. So I use a rice cooker instead.

  4. Pam

    This sounds wonderful! I have a couple questions….Do you use the Parmesan out of the can or grated fresh? Also, do you put the lid on the pan or cook it with the lid off? Thank you!

    1. I use shredded parmesan cheese, but I’m sure the canned stuff would work too. You’ll cook it with the lid on, giving it a stir every once in a while and covering it back up.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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