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Carolina Gold Rice

How to make absolutely perfect Carolina Gold Rice the traditional way.
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Basil and Bubbly


  • 6 cups water
  • ½ Tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup Carolina Gold Rice
  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh herbs optional


  • In a large stock pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil with the salt.
  • While the water is coming to a boil, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or foil.
  • Add 1 cup of Carolina Gold Rice to the water and stir. Bring the water back up to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer between 12 and 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender. If you are really using Carolina Gold Rice, it will take about 15 minutes. If you've decided to ignore the instruction to use this very specific, very special rice, you'll only have to boil it about 12 minutes.
  • Drain the rice in a colander or fine mesh sieve and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
  • Spread the rice onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake the rice for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and dot the rice with 2 Tablespoons of salted butter and sprinkle the black pepper over it. Bake for 5 more minutes.
  • Stir to combine the melted butter, pepper, and rice, and serve immediately.


Mix the fresh herbs in after the final roast of the rice. I love a mix of fresh basil, thyme, and parsley.
USE YOUR LOGIC when rinsing the rice. A colander with ½" holes is NOT suitable for straining rice. All of the rice will strain out with the water! Pick a colander with small holes!