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21 Easy Rice Recipes

Easy Rice Recipes

In this Easy Rice Recipes collection you will learn how to turn this humble staple into a culinary canvas for creativity showing how rice can make every entree or side dish a delightful part of your meal whether it’s sweet or savory. Brown rice, Spanish rice, mango rice, cilantro rice, all rice dishes can take on the flavor of anything you add them!

1. Perfect Cilantro Lime Rice

This perfect cilantro lime rice, which contains cilantro, garlic, and onion, is fluffy, easy to make, full of flavor, and only takes 35 minutes to make! It’s best served as a side to enchiladas, grilled chicken, or inside a warm burrito.

2. Mama’s Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice

Arroz con Pollo is a delicious meal and a Puerto Rican staple that’s full of bold flavor thanks to the adobo seasoning. It only takes 40 minutes to make, but remember that you should only use basmati rice if possible.

3. Arancini Rice Balls Recipe

These easy rice balls are crunchy on the outside, but soft and warm inside with their rich, cheesy, and creamy center. An iconic Italian dish, a rice ball is rolled in breadcrumbs and then deep fried; they taste even better reheated!

4. Baked Rice Pudding

Made with cooked rice and cinnamon, this baked rice pudding is one of the best desserts out there and is ready to eat in as little as an hour. Add raisins, cinnamon sticks, or fresh fruit as garnish before serving.

5. Perfect Brown Rice

Brown rice goes with so many meals, including chicken, pork, steak, and inside a burrito, so it’s a recipe worth knowing how to make. Just add brown rice to boiling water with a little seasoning and you’re ready to serve!

6. Homemade Spanish Rice

If you’re serving Mexican food like tacos, burritos, or enchiladas, this homemade Spanish rice makes the perfect accessory. Ready to eat in just 10 minutes, long-grain rice gets its bold color from the addition of tomato sauce.

7. Blackened Shrimp Bowls

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy cooked shrimp, try serving them on top of brown rice, along with lime juice, fire-roasted corn, and thinly sliced avocado. This bowl is full of flavors you will love!

8. One Pot Chicken and Rice

This one-pot chicken and rice recipe is perfect for those cold winter nights when you want to make and enjoy something hot and fast. Minced garlic, long-grain rice, chicken breasts, and chicken broth combine to create a soup-like dish that’s ultra-comforting.

9. Mango Sticky Rice

This mango sticky rice is famous for being one of the best desserts in Thailand, and it’s best served with almond topping! Full of refreshing flavors, the rice is cooked in coconut milk for an extra dose of creaminess.

10. Yellow Jasmine Rice

Inspired by Cambodian and Laos cuisine, you’ll want to serve this yellow jasmine rice with meat, and seafood, or even enjoy it by itself as an afternoon snack. The recipe calls for cinnamon, which adds an extra dollop of unique flavor, as well as turmeric for its vibrant yellow color.

11. Cranberry Rice Pilaf

Bursting with tart and refreshing orange zest and cranberries (and some savory dry thyme), this cranberry rice pilaf is a unique Thanksgiving side dish all your guests will love. Forget about mashed potatoes for once.

12. Easy Bacon Fried Rice

We all know that bacon makes everything taste better, including fried rice. With all the best elements of fried rice like peas, carrots, green onions, and scrambled eggs, the addition of bacon gives it a smoky flavor for a twist on the classic recipe.

13. 15-Minute Sheet Pan Chicken Fried Rice

This recipe is a healthier alternative to fried rice and is best served as a side or in an egg roll for a quick and easy lunch! Just toss your carrots, chicken, and rice onto a pan and bake for 15 minutes!

14. French Onion Rice

Bursting with all the savory flavors of French onion soup, this quick rice recipe will become a huge hit even with the pickiest eaters. All you need is some rinsed basmati rice, onion soup mix, butter, water, and beef bouillon.

15. Delicious and Easy Red Beans and Rice in the Slow Cooker

This is a meal bursting with flavor and one you can just toss in the slow cooker and focus on the rest of your day. Made with pepper, hot sauce, red beans, and andouille sausage, I recommend you serve with warm white rice.

There you have it: 15 easy rice recipes that will be perfect for the whole family! Whether served by themselves as an afternoon snack or as the star of your meal, you won’t be able to resist these easy rice recipes.