Rice is such a versatile grain, and is one of my favorite ingredients. That’s why we decided to compile this great list of Rice Recipes from GypsyPlate and around the internet.
This collection includes great rice side dishes, as well as hearty one pot rice mains. The variety of rice ideas are amazing!
From casseroles and soups to famous rice dishes like jambalaya and paella, you’ll find something to satisfy every taste.
There’s no need to ever wonder “how to cook rice?” again, this Rice Recipes list has it all!
If you’re on the lookout for a perfect company meal to feed a crowd, this Jambalaya recipe is it!
One of America’s most iconic dishes, this rice comes fully loaded with sausage, chicken, shrimp, veggies and a whole world of big flavors.
It may look intimidating, but trust me, you’ll master our surprisingly easy jambalaya recipe in no time!
2. Arroz con Pollo
Arroz con Pollo, meaning rice with chicken, is a popular staple in Caribbean kitchens. There are plenty of variations, but this one made using authentic Puerto Rico seasonings is our favorite.
This flavorful and hearty Arroz con Pollo recipe is a great family meal.
3. Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng from Indonesia is one of the tastiest fried rice dishes you will ever eat. The addition of shrimp paste and kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) add tons of flavor. Top it with a fried egg for a complete meal. It’s one of our favorite rice recipes.
4. Salmon Rice Bowl
This Salmon Rice Bowl is a great way to use leftovers, and it only takes moments to prepare.
If you have some leftover salmon and rice in the fridge, this is the best and easiest way to repurpose it for a quick lunch.
5. Hawaiian Pineapple Fried Rice
Aloha! Is that what this bowl of Hawaiian Pineapple Fried Rice is saying to you? This colorful, pretty little bowl is loaded with so many flavors.
Sweet? Yup. Savory? Yeah. Umami? Oh boy!! All this from a few left over ingredients lying around your house.
6. Saffron Rice
Elevate your basic side dish with this simple and easy Saffron Rice recipe. You’ll be amazed how much flavor your humble grain can have.
7. Asopao de Camarones (Shrimp and Rice Soup)
Asopao de Camarones… A tasty, flavor bomb of Shrimp and Rice Soup. Soup that is thick and hearty, almost like a stew.
This one is jam packed with all the Latin flavors of adobo, sofrito and sazon, the trinity of typical Puerto Rican cuisine.
8. Greek Lemon Rice
Looking for a way to take your plain white rice to the next level? Try out this simple and delicious Greek Lemon Rice recipe!
A touch of refreshing lemon juice brings all the flavors together for a side dish that is anything but boring. It’s the perfect side for many of your favorite Mediterranean dishes, boosting your meal’s flavor profile to another level!
9. Katsudon (Japanese Pork and Rice Bowl)
Katsudon is a popular Japanese rice bowl featuring a fried pork cutlet that gets simmered with eggs and onions in a savory sauce.
It’s one of the most common variations of their “donburi”, or rice bowls. One of our favorite Japanese recipes.
10. Thai Basil Fried Rice
Here’s a little spin on your regular fried rice with a huge flavor upgrade!! This Thai Basil Fried Rice is infused with such amazing spicy and umami flavors that you will wonder how simple fried rice can be so tasty.
With unique flavoring from Thai basil, and loaded with plump shrimp, this is one of our favorite fried rice recipes.
11. Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian Fried Rice)
Give your fried rice a South American makeover with this Arroz Chaufa recipe! A fusion of cuisines, this Peruvian fried rice is your easy weeknight dinner that’s packed with flavor.
With rice, protein and veggies, it can be a complete meal, or act as a flavorful side dish. The perfect way to use leftover rice, you can have this on the table in about 25 minutes!
12. Arroz con Gandules
This Arroz con Gandules recipe may be my new favorite rice dish! Tender rice with pigeon peas, generously flavored with salted pork, sofrito, tomato sauce and some great Latin seasonings.
Along with pernil (roasted pork), this is the national dish of Puerto Rico. It’s such a great side dish to have in your repertoire, as it goes well with so many things.
13. Red Beans and Rice
Red Beans and Rice is a classic New Orleans recipe. The beans are generously seasoned, and full of hearty and flavorful andouille sausage. It’s a real budget friendly comfort food.
14. Cilantro Lime Rice (Chipotle Rice Recipe)
With just the tiniest but of effort, you can take your basic rice to new heights. This Cilantro Lime Rice is based off of that made popular by Chipotle’s, and tastes just as good.
This is one if the easiest rice recipes you’ll ever cook.
15. Chicken Jollof Rice
Jollof is one of our favorite rice recipes. This colorful and tasty one pot meal is a West African classic. Simple preparation, then in the oven it goes. Impress your guests with this easy and exotic treat! Very unique yet very delicious rice recipe all the way from Africa.
16. Hibachi Fried Rice
If you’re a rice lover like me, this easy Hibachi Fried Rice recipe is a must! It’s so quick to make, and the taste is just too good.
Made famous by Japanese steakhouses like Benihana, it’s the perfect side dish for any of your favorite stir fry dishes.
17. Dirty Rice
Dirty Rice is a famous dish in Creole and Cajun cuisines. White rice gets a “dirty” color from bits of meat and a generous dose of seasonings.
It’s a super delicious recipe that’s packed with flavor. And although it’s usually served as a side dish, we love it as a main.
18. Pork Fried Rice
The quintessential Chinese takeout side dish, Pork Fried Rice, right in your own kitchen!
It’s literally a breeze to throw together this easy fried rice recipe, and it’s the perfect use for leftover rice.
Tender pork, an array of colorful veggies, and the perfect balance of sauces make this recipe even better than takeout. All in about 20 minutes!
19. Jambalaya Soup
Jambalaya Soup! This hearty rice soup is boldly flavored with great Creole seasoning and is loaded with meats and veggies. It’s great on the stovetop, or in a slow cooker or instant pot.
20. Mexican Casserole
Yes, you can call this dish Taco Casserole or Mexican Rice Casserole or Taco Tuesday Casserole…
However you address it, it’s cheesy and gooey, jam packed with all the Mexican staples like corn, salsa, black beans and plenty of their earthy spices.
21. Jamaican Rice and Peas
Jamaican Rice and Peas is a super tasty side dish flavored with coconut milk, aromatics and spices. It’s a must alongside Jerk Chicken.
22. Green Rice Casserole
This green rice casserole can be great addition to your holiday spread or an easy quick meal on meatless nights. Creamy, cheesy goodness with spinach and peppers, this might become your new favorite rice dish. Great way to use leftover rice.
23. Chicken Biryani
Biryani will take your time and attention, but the end result is so so worth in every single morsel. Biryani is your favorite chicken curry buried under a mound of delicately spiced fluffy rice, all made in one pot.
Once you make this, you are coming back to this one again and again. My all time favorite rice recipe.
This easy seafood paella recipe is the perfect way to feed a big family. A flavorful paella base with vegetables, crispy rice (thanks to the cast iron skillet), layered with shrimp, clams, and mussels on top.
This shrimp, clam, mussel, and chorizo paella recipe is a flavor party in a skillet, and is one of the very best rice recipes.
25. Rice Pilaf
Think of Rice Pilaf takes your basic rice to a new level, making an amazing side dish. It’s well seasoned and gets topped with nuts and dried fruit.
26. One Pot Italian Chicken and Rice
This Italian Chicken and Rice is a great one pot meal. It gets a ton of flavors from veggies, sun dried tomatoes and olives. YUM!
27. Sushi Bowl Recipe
Enjoy your favorite sushi in easy bowl form! Just gather all of your favorite sushi ingredients and arrange them in a bowl. Don’t forget the wasabi and soy sauce!
28. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is so cozy and creamy. Your whole family will be asking you to make this one again and again. One of our favorite rice recipes.
29. Greek Meatballs with Lemon Dill Rice
This Greek Meatballs with Lemon Dill Rice is a wonderful one pot meal with beef meatballs that are flavored with lemon, garlic and oregano. Baked with rice, it’s an easy dinner to put on the table!
30. Chipotle Chicken and Avocado Rice Soup
This Chipotle Chicken and Avocado Rice Soup is another wonderful rice soup. The avocado really takes this one over the top!
31. Mexican Rice
This authentic Mexican Rice recipe is a great side dish for all your favorite Mexican dishes, as well as grilled meats or seafood. You’ll be amazed how just a few extra ingredients can add so much flavor.
32. Creamy Mushroom Risotto
Risotto is a famous Italian rice preparation. Many find it intimidating, but you’ll be amazed how easy it is when following this recipe. Packed full of mushrooms, it’s a great side dish.
33. Mochi (Japanese Rice Cake)
Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made from a special glutinous rice. It’s popular year round, especially New Years.
It can also be stuffed with a variety of things, making it a fun and versatile treat.
34. One Skillet Sausage and Rice
This one skillet rice dish with sausage and peppers will be ready to go on your table in 30 minutes. Sounds good to my ears and eyes.
35. One Pot Mediterranean Chicken & Rice
One Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Rice is about to be your new favorite easy peasy weeknight dinner! Made in one skillet, this recipe brings big, fresh flavor with plenty of herbs and bright lemon. You just might want to serve it at your next dinner party after trying these beautiful flavors!
36. Greek Stuffed Tomatoes
These Greek Stuffed Tomatoes, or yemista, are full of good stuff like rice, potatoes, olives, pine nuts, feta cheese, and plenty of fresh herbs.
They’re a great side dish, or meatless main.
37. Stuffed Bell Peppers
Stuffed Bell Peppers are always a fun dinner. These are loaded with ground beef, tomato sauce and rice, then topped with cheese and baked to perfection.
They’re a great family dinner you’ll keep coming back to.
38. Chimichurri Beef and Rice
If you’ve never had chimichurri, you’re going to be blown away by these flavors. This rice dish is made up of instant rice, ground beef, bell peppers and lots of fresh herbs. One of our favorite rice recipes!
39. Tahdig (Crispy Persian Rice)
Persian Rice, or Tahdig is an amazing dish you have to try! The rice if fluffy on top, but the bottom gets nicely crispy. The addition of dried cherries and pistachios really take it over the top.
40. One Pan Greek Lemon Chicken and Rice
This Greek Lemon Chicken and Rice is a delicious, yet light, one pot meal. You’ll surely get compliments from your family!
41. Thai Mango Sticky Rice
Have you heard about mango sticky rice? It’s a popular, delicious Thai dessert made with warm coconut sticky rice along with fresh mango slices. You would love to round up your Thai meal with this creamy, sweet dessert, wouldn’t you?
42. Paneer Pulao
This Paneer Pulao recipe is an Indian dish with plenty of seasonings, along with veggies and paneer, which is a type of Indian cottage cheese.
43. Egyptian Koshari
Koshari is one of the national dishes of Egypt, and is beloved at home and as a street food.
It features lentils, rice, vermicelli, chickpeas, tomato sauce, cumin sauce and savory crispy onions. Although it has a long list of components, it doesn’t take much hands on time.
44. Mujadara (Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions)
Mujadara is hearty lentil and rice dish, also known as Lebanese rice. It’s a favorite classic meal from the Middle East. Mujadara is an easy and flavorful make-ahead meal, loaded with fabulous spices and topped with crispy fried caramelized onions!
45. Chicken and Mushroom Clay Pot Rice
Chicken and Mushroom Clay Pot Rice recipe is total Chinese comfort food. It’s packed full of tender chicken and mushrooms, and is beautifully seasoned with a variety of Chinese sauces.
Wow, so many great ways to cook rice! Who knew that humble grain could be so versatile?
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- 2.5 cups cooked basmati or long grain rice
- 10oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 medium size green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 4 scallions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup sour cream
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 2 quart casserole or cast iron pan and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice, about three-quarters of the cheddar, ricotta, sour cream, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Mix till well blended.
- Add in spinach, bell pepper, and scallions and mix till well blended.
- Scrape the mixture into the prepared casserole. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese evenly over the top and bake till golden, about 30 minutes.
- Rest for 5 minutes and serve.
- Let me know which recipes you try, I love hearing from you!
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