Rice is such a simple pleasure. Whether you have a go-to Mexican rice recipe for taco night, heap brown rice in your stir-fry, or enjoy spicy red beans and rice, there are endless options. Maybe you grew up eating instant rice from a box (shudder) but these days, there are more types of this versatile grain available, and lots of great ways to use it. What you see on supermarket shelves is just a fraction of what's out there - at farmers markets and specialty stores you can find unique heirloom varieties in striking colors with fancy pedigrees. But for most meals, you can find what you need at the market. Basamati rice, traditionally eaten with Indian food, has a long thin grain and an intensely nutty aroma. Jasmine rice, often served with Thai dishes, is very fragrant, with a flavor that's almost floral. So get creative: A pilaf is nice, but what about wild rice studded with toasted almonds? Or a rich, creamy mushroom risotto made with short-grain Arborio rice? Long-grain varieties cook up light and fluffy, perfect for serving alongside a dinnertime stir-fry. And for dessert? Rice pudding, of course.

See Popular Rice Recipes

Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto

Swanson Broth & Stock

It's easy to make this flavorful risotto right in your own kitchen...it's super-simple and flavorful. Walnuts and peas add great taste and texture to the dish.

Total: 40 mins

Chicken with Apricots and Dried Plums

Better Homes and Gardens

Meaty chicken pieces simmer with dried fruit in a spiced wine mixture for a richly flavored winter dish.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Sweet and Spicy Barley

Ladies' Home Journal
Total: 1 hr

Roasted Spring Vegetable Risotto

Swanson Broth & Stock

Creamy risotto, Parmesan cheese and a colorful array of roasted spring vegetables combine to make a flavorful side dish.

Total: 1 hr 10 mins

Spring Risotto

Diabetic Living
Total: 45 mins

Creamy Wild Rice Pilaf

Diabetic Living

Cheese Crackers

Better Homes and Gardens

Make the dough for these cheesy, savory appetizer crisps as much as three days before baking. Serve them fresh from the oven.

Jerk Chicken & Rice

Family Circle

Jerk seasoning adds its famous spicy kick to this chicken, bean, and rice main-dish recipe.

Basmati Rice Pilaf with Pistachios

Fine Cooking Magazine

Chicken Alfredo and Rice Casserole

Midwest Living

Looking for a yummy casserole recipe? This old-fashioned chicken and rice main dish is truly comfort food at its best.

Caramel Popcorn

Diabetic Living

This caramel popcorn recipe includes lower-fat margarine and light popcorn to make a sweet snack that kids and adults love.

Multigrain Pilaf

Diabetic Living

Garden Fresh Quinoa

Diabetic Living
Total: 30 mins

Creamy Carrot Rice

Martha Stewart

Carrot juice, which replaces some of the broth in this recipe, adds a subtle sweetness that goes well with the nuttiness of the Parmesan cheese.

Carol's Wild Rice Dressing

Family Circle

Browned sausage infuses flavor into each and every bite of this rice and bread stuffing (or dressing, you might say, since it's cooked in a casserole pan.

Wheatberries with Fragrant Spices, Currants & Almonds

Fine Cooking Magazine

You can serve this dish as a pilaf-like side dish or as a vegetarian main dish. I also use it to stuff poultry and vegetables, such as baked red peppers and tomatoes.

Pistachio-Apricot Biryani

Food & Wine

Many Indian restaurants call any spiced rice dish biryani, but Suvir Saran insists, "Biryani must be layered." Here, he boils rice like pasta to make it fluffy, then layers it in a casserole dish with yogurt, pistachios, and apricots.

Total: 2 hrs
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