Make any meal more satisfying with these easy rice recipes. Rice is always a crowd-pleaser and can be used in so many ways!
Rice is a favorite pantry staple in most homes (including mine).
It’s such a versatile, nutritious grain you can serve as a side dish, main course, afternoon snack, and even dessert!
It’s almost always used as a base for various saucy and savory meals. But now, it’s time to put the spotlight on this glorious grain.
Say goodbye to plain rice because by using a few simple ingredients, you can turn it into a winning meal.
I have 25 rice recipes that will convince you to keep the holy grain in your kitchen forever.
Read on, reinvent, and use any type of rice you like!
For a bowl of delicious fried rice served plain or with chicken, Benihana is one of the restaurants I love to go to.
As much as I adore visiting this gem of a place, it’s so satisfying to recreate their wildly popular fried rice.
I always make this recipe every time I crave Japanese-flavored rice.
With basic ingredients like white rice, eggs, veggies, chicken, herbs, and spices, you can whip up this recipe in 15 minutes!
Risotto is an Italian rice dish cooked in stock until it reaches creamy perfection.
It’s also one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Northern Italy.
This recipe creates a one-pan hit that marries creamy white mushrooms and soft arborio rice.
Constant stirring is a must (and worth it) to achieve the perfect texture.
To deglaze the cooking juices and create more aroma, don’t skip adding a splash of white wine.
Nothing could be easier with this 2-ingredient side dish that stars jasmine rice and a can of coconut milk.
Plus, your rice cooker will do most of the work for you!
Surprisingly, these simple ingredients yield fantastic flavors.
In its basic form, coconut milk rice is buttery, creamy, savory, with a little hint of sweetness.
The coconut milk does a great job of making the rice slightly sticky and much more flavorful.
This dish is the perfect base for tacos, burrito bowls, and fried rice.
Here’s an easy chicken fried rice recipe with a restaurant-quality. You’ll forget about takeout orders!
Making chicken fried rice is quick and easy. Everything will be done in 30 minutes or less. The best part? You can make different variations of it.
Drizzle some sesame oil for an Asian flavor, add a dash of red pepper for a spicy kick, or leave out the chicken to make a vegan dish.
5. Dirty Rice
Sometimes called cajun rice, dirty rice is a classic Creole recipe made with white rice and cajun flavors.
Throw in some diced chicken livers and ground sausage for a comforting and oh-so-filling dinner.
Don’t worry, it’s “dirty” for a good reason. The white rice turns brown after cooking, making it look like, well, dirty.
Not a fan of chicken livers? Swap them out for a combination of ground beef and pork.
Ride out the winter with this chicken wild rice soup recipe.
It’s like an upgraded chicken noodle soup, only creamier. It’s also filled with flavorful rice instead of noodles.
All in all, this dish has the makings of cozy comfort food — velvety, hearty, and satisfying.
It’s loaded with lightly sweet wild rice, tender chicken breasts, fresh veggies, and a perfect mix of herbs.
For warmer winter nights, serve this creamy soup with an unoaked white wine. So exquisite!
This recipe combines sweet and earthy flavors in a comforting side dish.
Although this is super easy to make, cooking the brown rice yourself may add several minutes to your prep time.
If you don’t like the extra work, opt for instant rice. Been there, done that, and the result is still excellent!
Once you get everything ready, all it takes is some mixing and stirring. It’s definitely a no-sweat recipe you will enjoy making.
8. Mexican Rice
Mexican rice is hard to resist if you have taquitos, tacos, or burritos that need a good side dish.
You need not visit a Mexican restaurant because this recipe is super easy to do at home.
All it takes is some stirring to create a light, tomato-packed rice meal.
Like other dishes, you can customize it according to your taste.
Use brown rice for a healthier side dish or add protein to turn it into a complete meal.
Rice balls, anyone? Arancini, it is! These Italian snacks are such a delight to eat. They’re breaded, deep-fried, and loaded with rice and cheese.
These little balls of happiness can also be infused with other yummy ingredients. A cut of pepperoni is by far, my favorite!
During the holidays, this wild rice stuffing is always present at my home.
It’s moist and tasty, with an earthy flavor and a hint of light sweetness. It’s pretty wild! No pun intended.
Whether you’re a stuffing person or not, you’ll come back for this side dish within seconds!
Dried pears are a must-have for this recipe, but sometimes they’re hard to find.
Use dried cranberries for convenience. They work just fine.
11. Salsa Rice
Have a busy weeknight? You can still make a fantastic side dish with this easy-peasy recipe!
If you’re going to use a store-bought salsa (which is totally okay), I promise you there’s no slicing and dicing for this recipe.
The results will still be incredible. You’ll have a light and a little toasty white rice simmered with chicken broth and your choice of salsa.
Adding shredded rotisserie chicken or cooked ground beef can also turn this side dish into a complete meal.
Jambalaya is a quintessential dish coming straight from New Orleans. Inspired by dishes like paella and jollof, this recipe combines West African and Spanish flavors.
Jambalaya is basically a mix of meat, vegetables, and rice. Traditionally, it’s not vegetable-heavy.
You’ll only need the holy trinity of Creole cooking — onion, celery, and green bell pepper.
In terms of meat, you can add two to three types. You’re going the love the burst of flavors coming from sausage, chicken, and shrimp!
13. Arroz Caldo
This Filipino rice dish will warm you up from head to toe! The dish calls for white rice and chicken stock and is cooked until thick and creamy.
In the Philippines, Arroz Caldo is typically cooked with onions and ginger to create complementary tastes.
But what makes this dish fantastic is the pack of condiments starring toasted garlic bits, boiled eggs, and a pinch of calamansi!
For a side dish that goes well with all kinds of meat, you should try almond rice pilaf.
This plump, golden beauty is a speedy side dish that you can make in less than 30 minutes.
The ingredients are easy to spot in your kitchen pantry. I won’t be surprised if this recipe becomes a staple at your home.
Note: You can add pineapple chunks into the rice mix and serve with pork chops, and voila! It’s dinnertime Hawaiian-style!
15. Ginger Rice
Warm, fragrant, and slightly peppery, ginger rice gives comfort at every bite.
The addition of fried tofu skin and soy sauce-based sauce makes this dish incredibly delicious.
So, yes, you can eat it on its own!
To achieve the right flavor and texture, it’s ideal to use young ginger, which is juicier and has a mild taste.
16. Cumin Rice
Cumin rice is an everyday rice dish in North India and Pakistan.
Also known as jeera rice, this recipe requires cumin seeds (jeera in Hindi) and, of course, rice.
You can use any type of rice you like, but jasmine and basmati work best.
If you haven’t had cumin seeds before, expect a peppery dish with sweet and bitter notes.
Serve this with a spicy curry, and you’re in for a flavorful treat!
Colorful, easy to make, and loaded with Caribbean flavors, this rice meal makes carb-eating so worthy!
The dish is basically coconut rice, cooked with pineapple juice, garlic, salt, cayenne, and allspice.
Meanwhile, the “confetti” is a concoction made from bell peppers and onions sautéed in butter.
Serve this tropical delight hot or cold. It’s a fantastic meal at any temperature!
Brown rice, spinach, and cheese in one meal? Even the pickiest eaters will love this!
This recipe strives to create a healthy yet delicious meal with simple ingredients, using just a single pot.
The result is a velvety, tender, and hearty side dish.
Make it extra cheesy by sprinkling grated cheese after cooking. For a little crunch, top it off with some pine nuts.
Cheese definitely makes everything better. If you’re not convinced, this recipe is another proof.
It combines half rice, half vegetable, and Parmesan cheese, creating a light yet flavor-packed side dish.
Of course, you can also turn this into a complete meal by adding grilled proteins.
Want a vegetarian version? Replace cheese with nutritional yeast and add more butter.
Garlicky and buttery without being over the top, this recipe is what you need for the perfect garlic butter rice.
Depending on your personal taste, you can add extra garlic or butter, or both!
Some countries, like the Philippines, eat garlic rice almost every day. Judging by its taste, it doesn’t come as a surprise.
Plus, you can pair it with any main course from different cuisines. Asian, French, Mexican — you name it!
It’s a handy recipe to learn if traveling to different places.
21. Seafood Paella
Paella is one of the most famous Spanish dishes, originally from the Valencian region.
Traditionally, this rice meal combines white rice, chicken, vegetables, and saffron.
But for this recipe, you’ll use seafood! Take your pick from shrimps, lobsters, fish fillets, clams, or mussels.
Your choice of rice is also important. You wouldn’t want creamy rice. Leave that to a risotto recipe.
Paella, on the other hand, should have dry, separated rice.
Dinner and dessert in one meal? I present to you this recipe for coconut sticky rice with mango.
Using only four ingredients, this recipe creates a pair of warm sticky rice and chilled mango. It’s a heavenly combination!
Complete the meal by garnishing it with toasted sesame seeds or drizzling the remaining coconut milk on top.
23. Rice Krispies
Crispy rice treats are a must-have for a retro dessert night.
This recipe is what you need if you want to turn your Rice Krispies cereal into something much, much better.
Following the correct ratio of marshmallow to cereal is a crucial step so that your treats are gooey and crisp, but not too crunchy.
Don’t forget the add-ins like chocolate chips, dried berries, or crumbled Grahams cereal. The kids will love it and finish everything in seconds!
24. Rice Pudding
A warm bowl of dessert that speaks highly of comfort, rice pudding will bring you cozy and satisfying nights.
This dessert is renowned in various parts of the world and thus has different variations. In some countries, this meal is served cold.
But for me, I love it hot and creamy, infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, and raisins. It’s simply perfect for a chilly night.
Not a raisin lover? You can easily tweak this recipe by adding other fruits, fresh or dried.
For a vegan variation, you can use coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk.
Persian saffron rice, also called Tachin, is indeed a show-stopper. It has a lovely golden crust with vibrant yellow rice within. But that’s not all.
It’s loaded with barberries and infused with yogurt mixture to achieve authentic Persian flavors. You can eat it plain because it’s that tasty!
If you feel like having a Persian food party at home, serve this baked rice with lamb shawarma or chicken doner kebab.
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