French Onion and Beef Consomme Rice

White rice is enhanced with Beef Consomme, French onion soup and a stick of butter to make a side dish that’s full of flavor!

Close up of a fork digging into a pile of buttery brown rice with bits of baked French onion on a white plate.

Beef Consomme Rice Recipe

Buttery with the right amount of salty and beefy flavor with a French onion undertone this Beef flavored rice always disappears quickly.

Since two delicious ingredients mix together to make this recipe it is sometimes called French Onion Rice and other times Beef Consomme Rice.

Similar to our Sausage Fried Rice, but with with much less effort anyone can make this delicious side dish.

Also known as brown butter rice or butter stick rice, this recipe pairs best with red meat like beef and pork.

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Cans of campbells beef consomme and French onion soup in a hand with a full butter stick over top of a dish of baked brown rice.

Chicken tastes fine too either chopped and mixed in the rice or served as a whole piece of meat alongside the French onion rice.

Why This Recipe Works

  • In less than 5 minutes you can have a flavor packed side dish to pair with almost any meat.
  • This brings a different flavor than a more traditional Rice Pilaf or Yellow Rice and Beans that pairs well with plain meat.
  • Easy enough for my kids to make to go along with an easy family dinner.
  • Stick of butter rice is a simple way to freshen up the menu with very little effort.
Serving spoon of buttery brown rice with consomme over top of a dish full of rice baked in consomme and French onion soup.

Ingredients Needed

  • Beef Consomme – Richer and more concentrated than beef broth, this product has a distinct and enjoyable flavor.
  • French Onion Soup – A simple liquid naturally sweetened by brown onions adds a special touch to the recipe. Substituting a can of plain beef broth is fine if you prefer not to have the added texture of the slices of onion.
  • White Rice – We use long grain, but Jasmine works fine too. Definitely use white rice, even though this is known as Brown Butter Rice because the beef consumme turns the rice brown.
  • Butter – A whole stick is popular, but half of a stick is plenty in our opinion.
  • Garlic Powder – Is an optional addition, some people also add paprika and pepper, these are personal preferences.
Long grain white rice, garlic powder, butter, French onion soup and Beef consomme on a brown wooden counter top.

Do You Need A Full Stick of Butter?

Butter adds a wonderful richness to this rice and makes the leftovers easy to reheat without sticking together. While the recipe is called Stick Of Butter rice I think using half of a stick with one cup of dry white rice works fine.

Using a whole stick is really personal preference. More butter does make it easier to reheat and add other plain meat or veggies.

What To Serve With Butter Stick Rice

Shredded up bits of beef from a Crock Pot Roast or use leftover Shredded Beef to blend protein into this flavorful rice.

Serve with green vegetables and Baked Pork Chops.

Add flavor to leftover Thanksgiving turkey for an entirely different meal later in the week.

Baked rice enhanced with consomme, French onion soup and butter on a plate with a fork and the casserole dish in the background.

How To Make Consomme Rice

Lightly grease a 9 x 13″ baking pan or slightly smaller 2 1/2 quart dish.

Spread one cup of plain, uncooked white rice fairly evenly across the bottom.

Uncooked long grain white rice in the bottom of a white baking dish.

Open and pour the can of Beef Consumme across the rice gently.

Rice in a dish with consomme can in a hand over top of the dish on a brown counter.

Season with garlic powder and any other desired spices like pepper or paprika.

Can of garlic powder held over top of dish of consomme rice before baking.

Then pour the can of French Onion Soup over the dish.

Can of Campbells French Onion Soup poured over rice in a white rice in a white dish on a brown counter top.

Then slice up half to a whole stick of butter and lay the slices or pats of butter evenly spread out over the top of the liquid.

Cover with foil and bake in an oven preheated to 400℉ for 50 minutes to an hour.

Richly flavored slices of French onions from soup baked on top of buttery white rice in a dish on a blue and white napkin.

Once the beef consomme rice is tender and finished baking stir well.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Beef Consumme has a beef broth base with other flavorings added and is reminiscent of Worcestershire sauce with the salty, soy flavors.
  • Some people set a whole stick of butter in the center to bake, but I think slicing helps spread out the flavor a bit more evenly.
  • Stir the rice well before serving for the best brown butter rice recipe.
Silver serving spoon stirring French onion soup and beef consomme together to create a deep brown rice that's coated with butter in a white dish on a bright blue and white napkin.

Instant Pot Prep Option

Set Instapot to saute and add stick of butter. Add beef consomme, French onion soup and garlic powder and stir well.

The add rice, but do not stir.

Seal lid and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Allow pressure cooker to natural release for 10 minutes and then quick release to open. Stir the rice and serve warm.

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Broccoli, Bacon and Cranberry Salad has a touch of dried fruit with savory bacon to create a great vegetable side dish.

Velveeta Shells and Cheese is a copycat version of the popular box mix.

Hand holding butter, cans of beef consomme and French onion soup over top of brown rice in a white dish.

French Onion and Beef Consomme Rice

Servings 6 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
White rice is enhanced with Beef Consumme, French onion soup and a stick of butter to make a side dish that's full of flavor!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 cup white rice uncooked
  • 10.5 ounce can beef consomme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 10.5 ounce can French onion soup
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 400℉.
  • Lightly spray a 9 x 13" pan with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle a layer of white rice across the bottom of the dish.
    1 cup white rice
  • Pour a can of beef consomme and French onion soup over the rice.
    10.5 ounce can beef consomme, 10.5 ounce can French onion soup
  • Sprinkle garlic powder over the rice.
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Slice a stick of butter and arrange slices evenly over the dish.
    1/2 cup butter
  • Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes to an hour.


Calories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 708mgPotassium: 263mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 473IUVitamin C: 0.003mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.3mg

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  1. Mark Mitchell says:

    5 stars
    Tried this yesterday paired with some broasted chicken. Went well together and this recipe is super easy to prepare! Only change I made was to use the rice mode on my instant pot / electric pressure cooker.

    1. How long in Instant Pot, and did you do it in a container on the rack in the IP or directly in the pot? Thanks!

    2. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Using inspiration from this Instant Pot recipe I added some details in the article . Cook for 6 minutes on high directly in the pot. Please let us know how this works for you. Thanks!

  2. Jill I Barnes says:

    If you doubled this recipe, would you double the soups and butter???

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Great question – I haven’t tested this, but here are my thoughts – I would definitely double the rice and the soups, but I would probably only increase the butter by half a stick. This is a personal preference, but I will say there’s a lot of butter flavor in the single batch. Hope you enjoy 🙂

  3. Ann Adams says:

    My niece is famous for this recipe… Everyone always loves it at family gatherings. I have a question – has anyone ever used brown rice? I would think it would work the same but maybe has to be cooked longer?

  4. charlotte s seigle says:

    Do you wash the rice?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Good question! I do not, but you can. Hope you enjoy!

  5. 5 stars
    Love this rice so much! I also add chopped water chestnuts to it gives it a nice crunch as well.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoy the recipe and love this feedback! ~Jennifer

  6. We live in Canada and I cannot find French Onion soup. Could you use 2 Beef Consumes’.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Yes – this variation should work fine. Hope you enjoy!

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