cheesy rice in a grey bowl topped with parsley

Cheesy Rice

Cheesy Rice is a delicious side dish that is perfect for any meal! It is cheesy, creamy and a little tangy. This cheesy rice recipe is made a little healthier with the use of plain Greek yogurt.
Instructions available for stove top, Instant Pot, frozen rice or cauliflower rice!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy cheesy rice, healthier cheesy rice, instant pot cheesy rice, keto, simple cheesy rice, stove top
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author Susie


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped (about 2 stalks)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cups white long grain rice can use other rice types, just cook according to package instructions
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Optional add ins:

  • 8 oz can water chestnuts drained and chopped
  • 6.5 oz can mushrooms drained and chopped



  • In a saucepan saute the onions, celery and 1/2 tsp salt in 1 tbsp oil until soft, about 5 minutes.
    Note: Make sure you use a pot that has a tight fitting lid to cook the rice correctly.
  • Stir in the 1 cup rice and pour in the 2 cups chicken broth. Bring the pot to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook according to package instructions.
  • While the rice cooks whisk together the greek yogurt, mayonnaise, milk, cheese, and garlic powder. Set aside.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork.
    Optional: Stir in the chopped mushrooms and chopped water chestnuts.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the rice and stir to coat. The rice should be hot enough to melt the cheese.
  • Serve as a delicious side dish!


  • On saute mode soften the onions, celery, and salt in the olive oil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Turn off saute mode.
  • Stir in the chicken broth and rice. NOTE DIFFERENT AMOUNTS - 1 cup white rice and 1 1/2 cups chicken broth.
    Set to cook on rice mode for 12 minutes.
  • Do a quick release of pressure.
  • Optional: Stir in the mushrooms, water chestnuts.
  • Whisk together the mayo, yogurt, milk, cheese, and garlic powder.
    Pour over the rice and stir to combine.
  • Serve as a great side dish!


  • In a skillet saute the onions and celery in 1 tbsp of oil until they are completely softened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Warm 3 cups of frozen rice in the microwave, per package instructions. Then add to the celery and onion mixture.
  • Prepare the cheese sauce by mixing together the milk, cheese, yogurt, garlic powder and mayo. Pour over the rice and stir to coat.
  • Serve!


Can also use cauliflower rice:
 If using a frozen cauliflower rice, use 3 cups and follow the instructions for Frozen Rice.
If using refrigerated cauliflower rice warm it in the skillet with the onions and celery- then follow the Frozen Rice instructions above.


Serving: 0.5cup