Buttery Herbed Rice

Buttery Herbed Rice

The recipe name doesn’t lie — this rice is buttery. And that means it’s delicious. We pack it with lots of flavor from onions, garlic, chicken stock, and a mix of tender herbs.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.


Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.

To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

22 mins

Free Time

to do some pushups


  • ¼ (50g) medium size onion, diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup (145g) basmati rice
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs (parsley, tarragon, and chives), chopped
  • salt, to taste


  1. Add the onion, garlic, rice, salt and water to the Anyday dish. Stir and spread rice in an even layer. Cover with the lid (knob lifted). 
  2. Cook in the microwave at Power Level 4

    Certain foods cook best in the microwave at lower power levels. 

    Different microwaves have different settings. See your microwave manual (or look it up online) to learn how to change your microwave’s power level.

    For many microwaves: enter the cook time, press the “Power” (or “Power Level”) button, and select a number between 1-10. Other microwaves may require selecting the Power Level first, and then entering the cook time.

    Microwaves list power levels in different ways. Here’s a guide to help you adjust:

    PL 10 = 100% = High (default)

    PL 9 = 90% = High

    PL 8 = 80% = Med-High

    PL 7 = 70% = Med-High

    PL 6 = 60% = Medium

    PL 5 = 50% = Medium

    PL 4 = 40% = Med-Low

    PL 3 = 30% = Med-Low

    PL 2 = 20% = Low

    PL 1 = 10% = Low

    You will know if the power level has been successfully changed if you hear periodic changes in the microwave’s tone after it begins cooking.

    for 22 minutes, or until rice is cooked through and tender. Once cooked, let the rice rest for 5 minutes with the lid still on.
  3. Add the butter and the herbs and mix to combine. Season with salt to taste.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • If it’s taking longer than expected, increase the power level by 1. If it’s bubbling over or the lid is lifting, decrease the power level by 1. 
  • Serve with your favorite roasted vegetables or protein of choice!
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.