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Broccoli Rice is the perfect side dish: creamy, cheesy, healthy, and filling. Plus, it’s quick and easy and all made in one pot in just over 30 minutes. |

Broccoli Rice

  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Broccoli Rice is the perfect side dish: creamy, cheesy, healthy, and filling. Plus, it’s all made in one pot! Melty parmesan cheese, fluffy rice, and tender bite-sized broccoli come together to make this quick and easy recipe an excellent addition to almost any meal — and sure to please even the pickiest eaters.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium-high until the hot oil sizzles, about 1 minute.
  2. Add onion and garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add rice and broth. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and let the rice simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Add olive oil, broccoli, and Parmesan cheese and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes until the broccoli is tender and the cheese has melted, stirring constantly.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


How to store: Transfer cooled broccoli rice into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

How to reheat: Reheat in the microwave on high in 10-second increments until heated through or on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warm.

How to freeze: Transfer the cheesy broccoli and rice into a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating in the oven or microwave.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: broccoli rice, rice with broccoli