Popular Rice Recipes

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.

Curried Chicken

A jalapeno provides the heat in this flavorful chicken main dish. The robust flavor of curry is enhanced by the sweet, chewy raisins and aromatic garlic.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Curried Chicken

Chicken and Lentils in Apple-Curry Sauce

Apples lend sweetness to this healthy chicken curry dinner that includes heart-healthy lentils and spinach.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken and Lentils in Apple-Curry Sauce

Spicy Rice and Red Bean Salad

Chili powder, hot pepper sauce, and jalapenos provide the spicy heat for this healthy, high-fiber side dish.

From Midwest Living

Spicy Rice and Red Bean Salad

Walleye Wild Rice Cakes with Wasabi Dressing

From Midwest Living

Walleye Wild Rice Cakes with Wasabi Dressing

Sweet and Spicy Wasabi Snack Mix

Dried apricots offset the spicy peas to give this snack a balanced mix of sweet and spicy. Pull this recipe out for your next game night.

From Diabetic Living

Sweet and Spicy Wasabi Snack Mix

Spiced Bran Muffins with Dried Apricots

The bran cereal and white whole wheat flour in this sweet muffin recipe ensure that this breakfast has staying power. Pair with a piece of fruit or a cup of yogurt for a filling morning meal.

From Diabetic Living

Spiced Bran Muffins with Dried Apricots

One-Skillet Pork with Wild Rice and Herbs

From National Pork Board

One-Skillet Pork with Wild Rice and Herbs

Quinoa Salad with Seared Tuna

Protein-packed quinoa gets the Mediterranean treatment when combined with tomato, cucumber and feta cheese.

From Diabetic Living

Quinoa Salad with Seared Tuna

Roasted Vegetable Tabbouleh

Bulgur is a quick-cooking whole grain that packs fiber, flavor, and nuttiness. It soaks up other flavors, making it the ideal base for roasted vegetables.

From Diabetic Living

Roasted Vegetable Tabbouleh

Turkey Wild Rice Salad

Chopped apples, dried cherries, and toasted pecans sweetly flavor this lean meal. Tip: Use chicken instead of turkey if you prefer.

From Diabetic Living

Turkey Wild Rice Salad

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

From Midwest Living

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

Sausage and Vegetable Risotto

From Johnsonville Italian Sausage

Sausage and Vegetable Risotto

Spring Vegetable Risotto

From Family Circle

Spring Vegetable Risotto

Slow-Cooker Chicken with Cashews

If you have a craving for Asian food, why not turn to the slow cooker instead of your wok? This recipe brings together chunks of chicken, carrots, snow peas, pineapple, and cashews in a ginger-flavored soy sauce.

From Family Circle

Slow-Cooker Chicken with Cashews

Cranberry-Orange Wild Rice Muffins

These tart-sweet muffins are low in sugar and rich in whole grains, which makes them a perfect grab-and-go option for busy weeekday mornings. (Bonus: They are equally delicious alongside holiday roasts!)

From Midwest Living

Cranberry-Orange Wild Rice Muffins

Mushroom Risotto with Peas

A few minutes of prep work turns restaurant-favorite mushroom risotto into an easy slow-cooker dish.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mushroom Risotto with Peas

Fruited Multigrain Pilaf

Your slow cooker does all the work when you combine three grains, cranberries, sweet potatoes and more, creating a perfect fall side dish or vegetarian meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fruited Multigrain Pilaf

Herbed Wild Rice

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herbed Wild Rice

Squash, Corn, and Barley Succotash

Whether as a side for a holiday meal or a simple main dish, this recipe is filled with flavor—and filling fiber. Try vegetable broth instead of chicken to make it vegetarian.

From Diabetic Living

Squash, Corn, and Barley Succotash

Lentil & Bulgur Pilaf with Green & Yellow Squash

Based on a traditional Lebanese Lenten dish, this recipe makes a terrific meatless meal. Serve with warm whole-wheat flatbread or pita and a dollop of tangy plain yogurt.

From EatingWell

Lentil & Bulgur Pilaf with Green & Yellow Squash

Roasted Red Peppers Stuffed with Kale & Rice

You can vary the filling by substituting robust mustard greens or collards, or milder greens, such as spinach, escarole or Swiss chard. (Cook the greens until just tender in Step 2.)

From EatingWell

Roasted Red Peppers Stuffed with Kale & Rice

Mushroom Risotto

Although traditional risottos use refined arborio rice and require constant stirring, you can achieve excellent results with this oven-baked version using short-grain brown rice, taking advantage of its whole-grain benefits.

From EatingWell

Mushroom Risotto

Green Tea Rice

Japanese short-grain rice is sweet, pearly and sticky enough to pick up with your chopsticks. (Look for the excellent Nishiki brand of rice, available in most Japanese markets.) Do not skip the rinsing and soaking process: the initial rinsing rids the rice of the powdered bran and polishing compound, while the soaking plumps the grains with water to render them tender and slightly tacky.

From EatingWell

Green Tea Rice

Barley & Wild Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate Seeds

This pilaf melds the chewy texture of barley and wild rice with the richness of toasted pine nuts and the sweet-sour crunch of pomegranate seeds. The elegant dish is perfect for entertaining.

From EatingWell

Barley & Wild Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate Seeds

Vegetable & Sausage Skillet Supper

This satisfying supper is a great way to use up leftover rice and those pesky bits of leftover vegetables that always manage to clog the crisper. Serve with some grated cheese on top and some warm cornbread alongside.

From EatingWell

Vegetable & Sausage Skillet Supper

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