Easy French Onion Brown Rice in the Aroma Rice Cooker


This easy French onion brown rice in the Aroma rice cooker is a healthy (but equally yummy) version of “church lady rice” or mushroom rice that is LOADED with butter!

 easy French onion brown rice in the Aroma rice cooker

I’ve made this easy French onion brown rice for years, and my family and friends are all making it now. It is the easiest and yummiest brown rice you’ll likely ever make. I created this recipe after a childhood favorite that I call “church lady rice.”

Those of you who are my age (50ish:-) and who grew up going to church in the South know exactly what I mean when I refer to “church lady rice” or “mushroom rice.” This rice was always on the menu at church potlucks. It was delicious, but most recipes called for two full sticks of butter! Yikes!

After several tweaks, I mastered my healthy and easy version of church lady rice. It gets full beefy and oniony flavor with way less fat. It is the perfect rice to go with any meat. We love it. I use it for everything that goes well with rice. Below, I served my Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Garlic Butter, Lemon & Herbs over this French Onion Brown Rice. Looks fancy, right? It is the easiest meal ever!!! (Recipe for the hens coming soon!)

 easy French onion brown rice in the Aroma rice cooker

The Aroma rice cooker is literally the way I’ve been making rice for the last 5-6 years. I do have an Instant Pot but still prefer using my Aroma rice cooker for rice. The delay timer allows me to throw the rice, water, and seasonings in the cooker, set the timer for when I want rice to be ready to eat, and come home to perfect rice every time.

The Aroma rice cooker makes any kind of rice~white to brown. It is the easiest and most fail-proof way that I’ve found to make rice. When we have game day parties, I’ll always take a pot full of rice to put out for chili, soups and stews.

I purchased my Aroma rice cooker at Costco, but the same one can be found on amazon.com and walmart.com. It is one of the kitchen tools that I can’t live without; I highly recommend it if you love rice and want it when you want it.

In the video below, I share how easy it is to program this yummy French onion brown rice in an Aroma rice cooker and come home to hot, ready to eat goodness!

Cook’s note: This recipe uses a rice cooker, so for those who don’t have one, simply adapt this to your cooking method.  I’ve used this Aroma rice cooker for so long that I don’t even remember how to make rice any other way!

I hope this post is helpful and that you try this recipe. If so, I’d love to hear what you think. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

easy French onion brown rice in the Aroma rice cooker

French Onion Brown Rice: Easy, Delicious & Make Ahead!


  • plain brown rice (not instant or quick cooking)
  • beef consommé (beef broth can be used but is not as rich)
  • Lipton dry onion soup
  • 2-3 TB butter, melted (I sometimes use EVOO instead but the taste isn't "buttery")


  1. For 6 cups of brown rice, put 3 cups brown rice into the cooker insert.
  2. Add the beef consommé, onion soup, and melted butter. F
  3. ill water to the #3 line marked inside of the rice cooker insert.
  4. Put the insert into the cooker, stir rice well, and close lid.
  5. Press "delay timer" once for every hour that you want to wait until rice is fully cooked. (If you want rice ready to eat in 4 hours, press delay timer 4 times).
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 122Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 24mgSodium 246mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 2g

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  1. The recipe sounds interesting. However, the addition of the consomme is a bit confusing. A can of consomme is 10+ oz. If one adds water to the #3 line and 10 oz. of consomme, there will be more fluid than is specified. Does the cooking time need to be extended to assure the rice absorbs all the fluid?

    Note: I’m guessing #3 should read, “Fill water … “.

  2. Ann, thank you so so much for your sweet words!!! I am thrilled that you love it. My life’s joy comes from helping others make family life better. Your feedback made my day (and more). Blessings!!! XoXo

  3. My family and I love this filling and affordable recipe. Such a nice combo of flavors. This has quickly become a staple in our home. It’s always a life saver for those days when I don’t wanna spend time cooking. It’s so easy and quick to prepare.
    Jamie, thank you so much for sharing this and all of the useful tips. I’m sure the info you provide will help your readers a lot. Look forward to your new recipes. I’m so lucky to have stumbled across your blog. Keep it up!

  4. Hi tammy!! I used brown rice in this video so you would press brown rice. If using white—just press white!! Hope you enjoy!! Let me know how it turns out!!

  5. Hi! I have the Aroma rice cooker and want to try this. It’s the first time I will use it. Would I just use the “white rice” button to cook this? Thanks!

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