Rice Almondine Marsala

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Rice Almondine Marsala is a side dish that is fast and easy and delicious with any meat you serve.

The buttery toasted almond taste compliments the rice and the sweetness from the Marsala blends is a perfect match to this delicious rice almondine.

Amazingly enough, they will think you took all day to prepare this and it will surprise you on how fast and easy it is.

This side dish is great for serving guests, it's elegant in presentation and very flavorful.

The best part about it, it's super fast and easy to make!

If you're a rice lover, this is going to be your new favorite side dish for sure!

Rice makes such a great side dish and this one is much different than the usual Fried Rice or Mom's Spanish Rice side dishes we also make often.

We love that rice is so versatile we even make a great dessert with it like Grandma's Rice Pudding recipe it's fantastic.

Scroll down the bottom and there is a printable recipe card with the exact measurements needed.

this is a gourmet style rice with toasted almonds, marsala wine, mushrooms in a butter sauce

this is rice, almonds, mushrooms in a marsala sauce in a white plate with basil sprigs on top

Quick and Easy

This is one side dish that goes great with any meat your having.

The rice is very flavorful with a hint of Marsala and garlic and the toasted almonds add a nice crunch to this dish.

It's one my mom made often back in the 1960s and you can see by the simplicity of ingredients, it's so simple to make and take hardly any time!

You can use any kind of cooked rice you want in the recipe, I tend to stay with the long-grain rice and that's what mom used.

this is sauteed sliced almonds in butter

Steamed Rice

I have a steamer, so I make a huge pot of rice and will do other recipes with it during the week.

We love  Baked Rice Balls, Asian Fried Rice, and Spanish Rice, so leftover plain rice is always perfect to make my next meal with.

I like to also mix brown and white rice together for just the colorful presentation it gives.

this is a big pot of white rice in a rice steamer


  • Toast the almonds first in the microwave it's a lot faster than sauteed almonds
  • Always use fresh mushrooms and I boil them first to get all the impurities out
  • Use dry Marsala wine for best results
  • Season the rice with salt and pepper before adding to the pan if desired
  • We like a lot of garlic so I also add 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic powder

these are the ingredients to make rice almondine with marsala wine and mushrooms

Ingredients you will need to make Rice Almondine Marsala

  • white or brown rice cooked( fast or regular rice long grain)
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • fresh minced garlic
  • sliced almonds
  • sliced fresh mushrooms
  • Marsala wine

this is butter with garlic mushrooms and almonds sauteed in a big fry pan

Toasting the Almonds

This is a matter of preference that you like.

I love the almonds toasted and they take a lot longer to saute in butter than if you do them in the microwave or oven first and toast time first.

I like the almonds crispy and browned so I saute mine around 14 to 15 minutes.

In the microwave just lay them on a paper plate and toast 1-minute intervals checking each time and stirring.

The mushrooms don't take too long to cook so add them around 7 minutes into this cooking frame.

If you decide to toast the almonds first just lay them on a cookie sheet on parchment paper on 350 degrees and keep an eye on them, once they are toasted, throw this all together with the butter garlic and Marsala last.

Fold in the rice and that's it!

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Other Suggestions

As I said before this rice dish is versatile and can be adapted easily.

If you're not a fan of mushrooms leave them out and add another vegetable like broccoli steam or carrots.

Also, for nuts allergies try substituting roasted pumpkin seeds.

Hope you enjoy this recipe, let me know by leaving a comment.

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Rice Almondine Marsala

Rice Almondine Marsala

Prep time: 10 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 25 M
Rice Almondine Marsala is an easy side dish that goes great with any meat.
The rice is flavorful with toasted buttery flavored almonds and sauteed mushrooms with a splash of Marsala wine.


  • 2 cups of white rice cooked( fast or regular rice long grain)
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine
  • Optional: toast the almonds first in the oven for a nuttier crispy flavor on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at 350 degrees until lightly browned or toast in the microwave on a paper plate for 1-minute intervals until they're browned, stirring in-between
  • Note add salt, pepper, and granulated garlic powder to taste if desired


  1. In a frypan melt butter and olive oil and saute almonds till lightly brown (or see the notes above about toasting the first), add garlic and mushrooms cook until mushrooms are soft.
  2. Add Marsala last and saute one more minute.
  3. Stir in cooked rice and serve.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2020