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Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice recipe

Among the Texas Roadhouse recipes, its seasoned rice is easily one of its most delectable. Here’s our sought-after copycat recipe and more!

Whenever I can, I’d consume a lot of rice. I find it to be fulfilling, if not downright suitable, whenever my diet is carbo-based! 

And whether it’s white, brown, or even basmati, I see to it that I enjoy it; thoroughly so that I found myself with the seasonings one day.

In my quest to find the best way to season rice, I see myself in places where I could find one –  check it out and learn how it’s done. One of those which got me heading back and forth is the seasoned rice from Texas Roadhouse.

While I may have not been able to perfectly replicate the Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice recipe, I’ve discovered a few tips along the way! 

I uncovered some useful ways about browning rice and I’m sharing this with you below. Also, I even have a simple tip on how to make the gluten-free version of the Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice.

What does browning rice before cooking do?

Like toasting nuts and spices, browning rice grains before cooking can also enhance their nutty depth to an extra layer of flavor to your final dish.

Essentially, the act of browning changes the composition of the starch on the rice’s surface. This also reduces the starches that cross-link and make the rice sticky when it is cooked conventionally.

Have you ever thought why rice is cooked in such a way that its grains are noticeably separate? We’ve got browning as the suspect.

But, how does browning rice add flavor to the final dish? When rice is toasted, say in a dry saucepan over moderate heat, its grains’ starches get caramelized. 

This also adds oil, which can carry flavors of its own. Finally, this helps in distributing fat-soluble flavors in other ingredients.

This explains why the Texas Roadhouse has this oomph to its taste!

And so: Is browning rice different from “fried rice?” When it comes to the final texture, yes. For fried rice, its starches are already cooked and gelatinized before frying.

Is Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice vegan?

A source from Texas Roadhouse revealed some of its dishes that are not vegan-friendly; its seasoned rice is named one of them. Accordingly, the dish is cooked in chicken stock.

Other items that aren’t for veggie-lovers are baked and sweet potatoes, which are both baked with bacon grease. On the other hand, mashed potatoes are cooked in chicken broth, while its rolls are brushed with butter.

Texas Roadhouse gluten-free menu in 2020

Texas Roadhouse has a gluten-friendly menu. There are tons of choices to eat if you end up there. Just make sure that you let your waiter know that you need to eat the gluten-free version.This is the Texas Roadhouse gluten-free menu:

Entrees:

Sides:

  • House salad. (Limit dressing to oil and vinegar. No croutons)
  • Fresh vegetables (Limit seasoning to salt and pepper)
  • Baked potato (Limit seasoning to salt and pepper)
  • Sweet potato (Limit seasoning to salt and pepper)

Dinner salads:

  • Grilled chicken salad (No chicken marinade or croutons. Limit dressing to oil and vinegar)
  • Steakhouse filet salad (No Texas Roadhouse seasoning on filet. Limit dressing to oil and vinegar)

So, Texas Roadhouse doesn’t have a gluten-free version of its seasoned rice, right?

Don’t fret, though, as there’s still a fun way to make the Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice gluten-free. It’s practically the same recipe we’re about to share, except for its gluten-free chicken broth! 

How to cook the Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice

This copycat recipe is for the Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice.

Ingredients:

  • ½ stick salted butter
  • 1 c uncooked white rice
  • 2 c chicken stock
  • ¼ soy sauce
  • 1/3 parsley
  • 1 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 T garlic powdered
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1 T paprika
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Mince the onion and parsley. Set aside separately (Don’t combine).
  2. Using a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir often to keep it from burning.
  3. When the butter is melted, add in the rice. Cook for about 6 minutes while stirring often. Note that it should be browned evenly.
  4. Add in ¼ cup of the minced onions. You may add more or less, depending on your taste.
  5. Cook for 3 minutes while stirring often.
  6. Add in all of the remaining ingredients then bring them to a boil.
  7. Boil for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  8. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes until the rice is tender.

The Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice is best paired with some buttered shrimp or a sizzling steak. 

Or if you want to bring the whole Texas Roadhouse shebang, you may also want to try it with another copy recipe, the Texas Roadhouse Prime Rib.

How to cook the Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice (gluten-free version)

Here, you will need:

  • 2 c long-grain white rice
  • 1 stick no salt added butter
  • 4 c chicken broth (gluten-free)
  • ½ c chopped curly parsley and tamari
  • 2 t paprika
  • 1 t cayenne pepper
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 large diced onion
  • ¼ t pepper
  • ½ t salt

Instructions:

  1. Using a big pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add in the rice and stir it often until it becomes golden brown. This may take around 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Mix the garlic powder, paprika, diced onions, pepper, and salt. Cook and stir.
  4. Add tamari and chicken broth; again, stir well.
  5. Turn down the heat to medium-low. Cook until the liquid is absorbed or when the rice gets tenders for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Your gluten-free Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice is now ready to serve!

The Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice doesn’t only take the rice game to the next level, thanks to its bold flavor; it can also be put easily using ingredients that you may probably already have at home.

The process it takes to come up with this recipe doesn’t only give us interesting tidbits in the process, like browning rice; it also allows us to change some ingredients in it that may attract other practices, like veganism.

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