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    The 35+ BEST Brown Rice Recipes

    If you’re new to cooking with brown rice, or just looking for some new ideas, this collection of Brown Rice Recipes is for you!

    We’ve compiled this list of great brown rice dishes to show you just how versatile your favorite whole grain can be, whether you’re looking for mains or side dishes.

    You’ll find cozy soups, healthy sides, hearty casseroles, easy one skillet dinners, and so much more in this brown rice recipes list!

    Cook your way through all of these great brown rice recipes, so you’ll never have to wonder “how to cook brown rice?” again!

    How to cook brown rice - 35 brown rice recipes.

    The Best Brown Rice Recipes:

    1. How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice

    We’re starting this list with a basic guide on how to cook brown rice. It’s a great starting point for beginners.

    Once you perfect this simple method, you’re all ready to cook any brown rice recipe.

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    2. Fried Brown Rice

    Fried rice is always a great way to use up leftover rice, and makes for a quick and tasty side dish.

    This recipe replaces white with brown rice for extra nutrition, flavor and texture.

    Get the Recipe @ thewoksoflife

    3. Brown Rice Jambalaya

    Jambalaya is classic southern food. The three stars of this recipe are chicken, shrimp and your good old sausage.

    All these are mixed with brown rice and tons of colorful veggies, and don’t forget the Cajun spices.

    Get the Recipe @ simplyhomecooked

    4. Spicy Fish Taco Bowls

    We love tacos in all forms, even taco bowls!

    These brown rice fish taco bowls are full of hearty and nutritious ingredients like corn, black beans, red peppers and avocados. You’re going to make them again and again.

    Get the Recipe @

    5. Turkey Stuffed Peppers

    We just love these stuffed peppers, which are filled with lean ground turkey, brown rice, and great seasonings.

    It’s an easy and healthy dish your whole family will love.

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    6. Chicken Rice Soup

    Chicken rice soup is one of those classic comfort foods, perfect for chilly days or when you need a pick me up.

    Loaded with chicken, brown rice and veggies, it’s pure cozy in a bowl.

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    7. Sausage Zucchini and Brown Rice Skillet

    This skillet is one of the easiest complete meals you will ever eat!

    With brown rice, smoked sausage, black beans and tons of veggies, this one dish meal is a keeper for sure!

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    8. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

    These surprisingly easy stuffed cabbage rolls are a Polish inspired dish that is bursting with flavor.

    The cabbage leaves are filled with with ground beef, brown rice, and seasonings, then drenched in marinara sauce and baked. YUM!

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    9. Fiesta Chicken Rice Bowls

    We love bowl meals, and these Fiesta Chicken Rice Bowls are no exception.

    They have a Tex Mex theme with corn, peppers and cilantro. Plus, they’re great meal prep.

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlonbloor

    10. Brown Rice Biryani

    Biryani is one of the most popular and celebrated foods in India, and one of the most flavorful dishes in the world.

    This brown rice version features your choice of beef or lamb, and an amazing array of great spices.

    Get the Recipe @ myheartbeets

    11. Broccoli Brown Rice Casserole

    This creamy, cheesy broccoli brown rice casserole has a crispy, buttery topping.

    Even the pickiest eaters won’t mind getting in their day’s worth of veggies with this classic treat!

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    12. Brown Rice Sushi

    Sushi is such a popular dish, but often people don’t try to make it at home. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

    This recipe shows you how to make it a fun dinner night with your own homemade sushi.

    Get the Recipe @ minimalistbaker

    13. Chicken Veggie and Brown Rice Bowls with Peanut Sauce

    These Chicken Veggie and Brown Rice Bowls are full of nutritious ingredients like lean protein, whole grain, sweet potatoes and more.

    We just love the awesome peanut sauce that goes with it!

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    14. Brown Rice Mujadara

    Mujadara is a famous Middle Eastern recipe layered with lentils and rice with caramelized onions.

    This brown rice version has extra nutrition without sacrificing flavor.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    15. Dirty Brown Rice with Shrimp

    Dirty rice is a popular Cajun side dish, where the rice is made “dirty” by the addition of ground beef, veggies and plenty of seasonings.

    This recipe adds in shrimp, for a hearty and delicious complete meal.

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    16. Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano

    Risotto is a popular Italian rice preparation, though some find it intimidating.

    This recipe shows you how to make perfect brown rice risotto, which is enhanced with mushrooms and fresh oregano.

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    17. One-Pot Stuffed Pepper Casserole

    This recipe takes all the great flavors you love in stuffed peppers and converts them in to casserole form.

    It’s a one pot dish the whole family will want again and again.

    Get the Recipe @ eatingbirdfood

    18. Cheesy Zucchini Brown Rice

    If you want to sneak some veggies in for your picky eats, a great strategy is to add cheese!

    This recipe has plenty of nutritious ingredients, and just enough cheese to make it kiddo friendly.

    Get the Recipe @ reciperunner

    19. Almond Butter Brown Rice Crispies

    Everyone has fond childhood memories of rice crispy treats.

    This healthier version swaps our the rice crispies for brown rice and the peanut butter with almond, but the kids are still going to love them.

    Get the Recipe @ loveandlemons

    20. Mexican Brown Rice

    Mexican brown rice is the perfect side for your tacos, enchiladas, grilled meats and more.

    It’s an easy dish that only takes a few minutes of your time, then the oven does the rest.

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    21. Ginger Coconut Chicken Brown Rice Soup

    Ginger Coconut Chicken Brown Rice Soup is a cozy, flavorful dish that you will love making in the winter.

    It has nutrient-dense ingredients like turmeric, ginger, whole grain, and coconut, and it tastes divine.

    Get the Recipe @ ambitiouskitchen

    22. Cheddar Cheese & Brown Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

    We love stuffed portobello mushrooms for a hearty side, meatless main, or nutritious lunch.

    This recipe stuffs our favorite fungi with brown rice and cheddar cheese, then tops them with a yummy balsamic reduction.

    Get the Recipe @ krumpli

    23. Brown Rice Pulao

    Pulao is a popular Indian rice preparation, simpler than biryani.

    It’s a versatile dish that can be a side or main., with meat or meatless.

    Get the Recipe @ whiskaffair

    24. Mexican Casserole

    Mux up your taco Tuesday with this easy Mexican brown rice casserole.

    It’s packed with ground beef, refried beans, veggies and plenty of cheese. This is going to be one of your new favorites!

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    25. Indo Chinese Fried Rice

    Indo-Chinese cuisine is a spin on traditional Chinese, but altered to fit the Indian palate.

    This fried brown rice is a perfect example, loaded with veggies and tons of ginger and garlic.

    Get the Recipe @ honeywhatscooking

    26. Stuffed Pepper Soup

    It can be so fun to soupify your favorite dishes. This time, it’s stuffed peppers.

    In this recipes, you’ll find all the flavors and ingredients you love like ground beef, peppers, and of course, brown rice.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    27. Jollof Rice

    Chicken Jollof Rice is a colorful and tasty one pot meal from West Africa. It’s a simple preparation, but full of flavors.

    Impress your guests with this easy and exotic treat!

    Get the Recipe @ healthiersteps

    28. Cauliflower Brown Rice Meatballs

    For a healthy and nutritious alternative to regular meatballs, these cauliflower brown rice meatballs are a must!

    The prep time is surprisingly quick, and they go great in a variety of dishes.

    Get the Recipe @ lordbyronskitchen

    29. Spanish Brown Rice

    Spanish brown rice is one of our new favorite side dishes. It’s full of tomatoee flavor and warm spices.

    It’s very easy to make and tastes great!

    Get the Recipe @ vanillanadbean

    30. Chicken Fried Rice

    Skip the takeout, it’s so easy to make your own fried rice in your own kitchen!

    This chicken fried brown rice is full of protein, veggies and whole grain for a nutritious meal the whole family will love.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    31. Mediterranean Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

    Stuffing veggies is always a great way to make a fun side dish or meatless main that is sure to impress.

    These tomatoes have brown rice and Mediterranean ingredients for a great flavor combo.

    Get the Recipe @ giveitsomethyme

    32. Veggie Burgers

    Make your cookouts healthier with these easy veggie burgers, which feature brown rice, walnuts, black beans and plenty of seasonings.

    These will become your new summertime meatless Monday favorite!

    Get the Recipe @ minimalistbaker

    33. Southwest Turkey Vegetable and Rice Skillet

    Here’s another quick and easy one skillet dinner for your busy weeknights.

    Featuring lean ground turkey, tons of veggies, cheese and great Southwest flavors, your family will love this one!

    Get the Recipe @ reciperunner

    34. Breakfast Fried Rice

    Who says fried rice is just for breakfast? This recipe has bacon, eggs and avocado for a fulfilling and easy way to start your day.

    Get the Recipe @ howsweeteats

    35. Brown Rice Pudding

    With just a few ingredients, you can make this healthier spin on traditional rice pudding.

    Your family is going to love this sweet treat for breakfast, dessert, or an anytime snack!

    Get the Recipe @ tastesbetterfromscratch

    36. Brown Rice Nasi Goreng

    This is just not your regular fried rice. Nasi Goreng is a national dish of Indonesia, for good reason. It is a simple yet flavorful fried rice with an intriguing blend of ingredients, techniques, and traditions.

    Get the Recipe @ georgieeats


    So there you go, thirty five great brown rice recipes for you to try. Don’t they all look delicious? Which ones will make their way into your regular rotation?

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    35+ BEST Brown Rice Recipes

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 35 minutes

    This collection of easy Brown Rice Recipes includes many sides and mains to cook with your favorite whole grain.


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