Asparagus and Rice with Lemon Butter Sauce

Topped with a zesty lemon butter sauce, asparagus and peas, this tasty whole grain brown rice dish makes a fresh and flavorful side dish.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 10 Mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 20 Mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 30 Mins


  • 1 bag Success® Brown Rice
  • 1/2 lb asparagus, woody ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh-shelled peas
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped


  • Try this delicious and zesty dish, ready in under 30 minutes, for your next family gathering, a dinner side or a filling vegetarian lunch!

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Add asparagus and peas to boiling water with rice for the last 2 minutes of cooking, or until fork tender. Drain well.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan set over medium heat, bring cream to a boil and reduce to about 2 tbsp. Reduce heat to low and remove pan from heat. Add butter, one cube at a time, allowing each piece to incorporate before adding the next one. Place saucepan back and forth on heat as needed, until smooth, creamy consistency, about 3 to 5 minutes. (If the heat is too high the sauce will separate.) Stir in lemon juice, shallots, salt and pepper.

    Step 3

  • Stir asparagus and peas into butter sauce. Spoon over rice and sprinkle with chives and dill.


    Substitute dill with parsley, tarragon or basil.

Side Dish Upgrade 

This hassle-free side dish is a step above the classic asparagus covered in a lemon butter sauce. With added whole grain brown rice, peas and shallots you’ll be feeling more satisfied with each flavorful bite. 

Wondering what you can serve this dish with? This delicious side goes well with your choice of fish such as salmon, chicken, roast ham, lamb or whatever meat-free alternative you’d like such as tofu or tempeh. 

Looking for more tasty and whole grain sides? Try out this Sesame Brown Rice Salad topped with an Asian-inspired sesame and soy sauce vinaigrette.

The Secret is in the Sauce 

One of the key elements to this tasty dish is the creamy lemon butter sauce simmered to perfection with a little patience and a lot of taste. To make the best sauce yet we suggest you have all of your ingredients ready to go alongside your saucepan so that you can focus your attention. Also, using Success® Boil-in-Bag Brown Rice, you can make this quick side without having to worry about over or undercooking your rice. 

Once it has reached that creamy, smooth consistency and you’ve added in the lemon juice, shallots, asparagus, peas, salt and pepper it’s time to pour over your fluffy brown rice, top with herbs and enjoy!