Peanut Butter Rice


Peanut Butter Rice is a delicious twist on the classic fried rice dish. What do you get when you combine peanut butter, Sriracha sauce (also known as the rooster sauce), and rice? If you don’t like peanut butter or spicy food, this isn’t the recipe for you. If you do like peanut butter and spicy food, and are looking for a quick meal that combines both flavors, then this recipe is definitely for you.

Peanut Butter Rice

I know what you’re thinking…

Peanut Butter in Rice?

Not only is peanut butter good on PB&J sandwiches. Additionally, you may use it in delectable savory foods! Various cultures, from Thai to African, have savory dishes that contain nut butter.

Brown rice with peanut sauce

Peanut Butter Rice

This recipe for Peanut Butter Rice is ideal if you’re looking for a quick side dish or a way to use leftover rice. A small amount of peanut sauce gives a subtle peanut flavor, a dash of cayenne heat, and sweetness from brown sugar. My kids eat it up! This recipe for peanut sauce incorporates full-fat coconut milk, which gives it a flavor reminiscent of Thai peanut sauce. You can use water, whole milk, or a nut milk replacement if you don’t have that on hand. I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Peanut Butter Rice

How Do You Make Peanut Sauce for Rice?

Peanut sauce is extremely easy to make at home. In a medium-sized pot, combine:
1/3 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
3 tablespoons brown sugar
dash of cayenne together
Cook for 4-5 minutes at a simmer over medium-low heat. As it cooks, sauce will become thicker. Remove from heat and serve once it has reached the appropriate consistency.

peanut sauce
Peanut Butter Sauce that is a little thick. Add more water or milk if it’s too thick

Serving ideas: 

With grilled or baked chicken that has been lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and Chinese five spice, I believe this peanut butter rice pairs best. The food is simple but nonetheless good. I frequently prepare additional peanut sauce to serve with the chicken. The peanut sauce goes well with shrimp, fried rice, roast pork, spring rolls, fresh veggies, and as a dipping sauce.

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Brown Rice with Peanut Butter Sauce

Disney Inspired Recipe

The Florida-based Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Boma restaurant served peanut butter-infused rice. Classic African delicacies including Bobotie, Duran Chicken, Pap (cornmeal mash), Chicken Sadza, and their renowned Zebra Domes are served at the African restaurant Boma. They serve basmati rice with peanut sauce as their “African Peanut Butter Rice.

” We aim to eat here at least once per trip whenever my family and I go to Disney World. We may make this cuisine at home and think back on earlier travels.

Brown Rice with Peanut Butter Sauce

Cooking with Brown Rice

I use brown rice quite a bit when cooking. Brown rice has a nuttier flavor, a harder texture, and more fiber than white rice, which is why I like it. Compared to regular white rice, it is thought to be healthier. The only drawback is that cooking brown rice takes longer.

rice cooker with brown rice

I’ve been using a rice cooker to cook all varieties of rice for more than ten years. It removes the element of chance from consistently producing flawless rice. The cooking time for your rice will vary depending on how you prepare it or whether you use leftover rice, thus the directions below will call for cooked rice.

Peanut Butter Rice

This recipe for Peanut Butter Rice is ideal if you’re looking for a quick side dish or a way to use up leftover rice. A dash of peanut sauce adds a subtle peanut flavor, as well as a hint of spice from the cayenne and sweetness from the brown sugar.

In Zimbabwe, it is commonly consumed and is offered by practically all food vendors and establishments. The preparation is also quite simple. Although many people choose smokey party jollof rice, it might be good to branch out and try something new occasionally.

What Is Peanut Butter?

A food that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein, peanut butter is also very nutrient-dense. It is frequently used as a spread on bread, toast, and crackers and is used to make sandwiches (notably the peanut butter and jelly sandwich).

Additionally, it is used in many breakfast and dessert dishes.

What Is Peanut Butter Made From?

Roasted and ground peanuts are used to make peanut butter. You can also add things like sugar, salt (sodium), fats (oils), and chemicals that stop separation.

Can We Use Peanut Butter For Cooking?

Knowing that peanut butter melts quickly makes it simple to include into dishes while learning how to cook with it. For instance, it can be used as a basic dipping sauce, as well as in baked goods, stir fries, and soups and stews.

Where Does Peanut Butter Rice Come From?

Old-fashioned peanut butter rice, a rice dish from Zimbabwe, is frequently served with beef or chicken stew and fried greens.

Is Eating Peanut Butter Rice Good For You?

Rice with peanut butter has many benefits, and it tastes much better when cooked over an open flame (using firewood), turning into smokey Peanut Butter Rice, which, as we all know, elevates this dish to a whole new level.

While brown rice lacks the sodium and fat that wheat bread does, it has almost the same number of calories when eaten with peanut butter and honey.

How To Make Peanut Butter Rice

Rice with peanut butter is a delicious treat and a personal favorite. The ingredients are reasonably priced and easily accessible. You can make a pot of beautifully fragrant rice that not only adds a bit of protein to your dinner but also serves to temper the heat of a hot curry, if you’re serving one, by simply adding some natural peanut butter and salt to the water used to cook the rice.

Cooking Suggestion

  • For added flavor, add any meat or fish to this rice.

Serving Suggestions

  • This style of rice, in my opinion, goes best with any stew, fried greens, and grilled or baked chicken.
  • In addition, the peanut sauce can be used to make roasted pork, fried rice, spring rolls, a dipping sauce for garden-fresh veggies, and shrimp.

Peanut Butter Rice

Peanut butter rice, a special delicacy and my favourite. It is widely eaten in Zimbabwe and sold by almost every food vendor and restaurants. Easy to prepare. The ingredients are readily available and affordable. Can take up to 5 servings.


COOK TIME30 mins




  • 2 cups long grain rice or brown rice
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 to 4 tbsp peanut butter



  • Place the rice in a pot and add water
  • Add salt and oil and cook normally till all the water is finished
  • Fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Add peanut butter and turn with a spoon.
  • The rice should be a bit sticky in appearance.
  • Add more peanut butter according to your taste.


This Peanut Butter and Honey Rice bowl is the perfect anytime snack, on-the-go breakfast or sweet treat after a long day and is ready in under 5 minutes.

Cooking timePREP TIME2 mins


Ready inTOTAL TIME2 mins


  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • butterscotch chips (optional)
  • slivered almonds (optional)


  • Peanut Butter? Yes! Honey? Yes! All you need is Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice and you’ve got a satisfying snack or dessert in no time. If you want to make it sweeter, add in some butterscotch chips for yummy, melty goodness.Step 1
  • Heat rice according to package directions.Step 2
  • Stir honey and peanut butter into hot rice. Blend well. Top with butterscotch chips and nuts, if using.Recipe TipsTry changing up the toppings for this simple dessert. Try it with honey-roasted peanuts or fresh fruit, such as sliced bananas, strawberries or blueberries. Sprinkle the finished dish with ground cinnamon or, add in mini chocolate chips or toffee bits in place of the butterscotch chips.Substitute in Minute® Ready to Serve Multi-Grain Medley or Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa to give your bowl more whole grains and protein.

Anytime Snack

When you want something savory, filling, and invigorating, make this peanut butter and honey rice. Perfectly portioned and microwaveable at any time, these cups make a delicious on-the-go breakfast, sweet treat, or afternoon pick-me-up.

The best part is that you probably already have everything you need to prepare this ooey, delectable dessert. Keep a few packets of our Minute® Ready to Serve Rice cups on hand for when the craving strikes, just to be safe.

Make this your post-workout or afternoon pick-me-up snack. For a protein recharge, choose between Minute® Instant Whole Grain Brown Rice and Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa. Add organic peanut butter, dark chocolate, and any additional chopped nuts you’d like.

The Minute® Ready to Serve cups are perfect since all you need is a microwave to make a warm, filling rice meal in just one minute.

Sweeten things Up

Here, there is no end to the possible combinations. Use your preferred fruit, such as sliced bananas, strawberries, or any other seasonal fruit, to add a delicious touch. Crumble graham crackers and little marshmallows on top of this dish if you’re in the mood for a summertime s’more.

Easy Peanut Butter Rice

This easy quick peanut butter rice makes for a delicious side dish. Pair it with some sauteed greens or peas and a protein for a satisfying meal, or whip it up to impress dinner guests instead of plain white rice.

A round mound of rice mixed with peanut butter on a white plate.

Why you’ll love it

  • No chopping or dicing is required.
  • You’ll just mix most of the ingredients together, walk away while the rice steams, and add in the peanut butter.
  • It’s dairy-free and egg-free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
  • It’s tasty as is, and tastes even better the next day!
  • It’s satisfying and filling.
  • It’s a great way to change up your menu and break out from eating plain rice all the time.

Ingredients and substitutions

For this dish, you only need a few simple items that are simple to locate; you can quickly review them in the image below. If you want to know the specifics and find out if there are any ingredient substitutes you can make, go down below it.

Labelled ingredients including rice, peanut butter, vegetable stock, and onion powder.

Rice: I advise utilizing long-grain rice. You can also use rice with a medium or short grain. This dish would taste fantastic with brown rice, but brown rice may be difficult to prepare and requires a lot more water, so proceed with caution, stick with a brand you trust, and modify the amount of liquid.

Soy sauce: Soy sauce and peanut butter were designed for each other, and this recipe benefits greatly from their umami flavor. Choose ordinary soy sauce (not light or dark), and be aware that you might need to add more salt afterward if you use a low-sodium kind. If you have a soy allergy, coconut aminos can be used in place of soy.

Peanut butter: Use premium peanut butter, the sort that is produced solely of peanuts and has oil on top. Although it does thicken after sitting, tahini would also work incredibly well in this recipe. As a result, you might need to add a bit more water to loosen the rice and make it more “saucy.”

Onion powder: This adds a ton of taste, but you can eliminate it if you don’t have any or don’t like it. I do not advise using onion granules as a substitute because they will add a gritty feel.

Garlic powder: If you don’t have any, smash two cloves and add them to the stock instead. This is highly advised.

A mound of brown-colored rice on a pale grey plate with green peas.

Cayenne: For a mild burst of heat, omit if you prefer.

Smoked paprika: Use just smoked paprika; normal paprika will produce a claggy flavor, therefore I don’t advocate using it. Use high-quality smoked Spanish paprika Pimentón de la Vera, either spicy or sweet, if you can.

Vegetable stock: You can prepare some with bouillon or a stock cube or use plain vegetable stock. As long as you think it will work, you can replace this with any stock you have on hand. Water can be substituted for stock if you don’t have any, although you might need to add additional salt at the very end.

How to make it

Stick to the instructions below because this is a really basic rice dish. If you have any doubts, check in with the process photos to make sure you’re on track.

  1. First, give the rice a thorough rinsing—at least three times, or until the water runs clear—and then drain all the extra water. Add the rice that has been rinsed along with the cayenne, paprika, ground onion, and garlic powder to a medium pot. Well combine with the rice (this will stop the spices from clumping together when the stock is added).
  2. Mix well after adding the soy sauce and vegetable stock. The combination should be heated to a vigorous simmer in a pan with a tight-fitting lid. Then, turn the heat down to the lowest setting and let the mixture sit for about thirteen minutes, or until all the stock has been absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat after thirteen minutes, then wait another ten.
Collage of rice with spices, rice in a dark stock, cooked rice with peanut butter, and brown mixed rice.
  1. With a fork or rice paddle, fluff the rice after removing the pan’s lid. Add the peanut butter after measuring.
  2. Rice should be thoroughly coated in peanut butter after being mixed with it. Salt as desired (I usually add a quarter teaspoon but this will depend on how salty the vegetable stock and soy sauce were).

Your lovely peanut butter rice can be served right immediately, but I like to wait a little while and enjoy it warm or at room temperature. Although I also enjoy it with peri peri tofu or vegetables in peri peri sauce, it goes well with greens and a protein.

If you’re hosting, you may dress up your brown rice combination with some red chili flakes or chopped parsley sprinkled on top.

You can also use a pastry brush to lightly grease a round bowl, add some of the rice, set a flat plate on top, then invert the bowl to create a gorgeous rice mound (I did this for the other images on this page).

Equipment notes

What you’ll need:

  • Measuring spoons.
  • A wooden spoon or whisk for mixing.
  • A medium non-stick pan with a tight-fitting lid.
  • A fork or rice paddle

Expert tips

  • When steaming rice, you may simply cover the steam valve in your pan’s lid with some sticky tape to ensure that none of the steam escapes.
  • A sheet of aluminum foil can be sandwiched between the pan and the lid if the seal isn’t tight enough or the lid is too large.

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