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.

Thai-Style Vegetable Rice

Top this Thai rice dish with grilled chicken or shrimp for more protein.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Thai-Style Vegetable Rice

Cranberry-Chipotle Chicken

Double this slow cooker chicken recipe on the days right after Thanksgiving when you still need to feed a crowd (and have leftover cranberry sauce handy).

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry-Chipotle Chicken

Tunisian Dried Fruit, Chicken and Bulgur Pilaf

Bulgur, a cracked whole grain, acts as a neutral base for this heavily-spiced slow cooker chicken dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Tunisian Dried Fruit, Chicken and Bulgur Pilaf

Figgy Chicken and Wild Rice Blend

Golden Calimyrna or dark purple Mission dried figs both work to offer additional sweetness to this slow cooker rice side dish.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Figgy Chicken and Wild Rice Blend

Red Beans Creole

Red beans and rice is a classic Creole combination. This just-spicy-enough recipe comes together in the slow cooker after just 25 minutes of prep work.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Red Beans Creole

Wild Rice Pilaf with Squash

Whether you serve it with fish, chicken or beef, this nutritious slow cooker pilaf will be a hit at your dinner table.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wild Rice Pilaf with Squash

Garlicky Shrimp and Rice

It takes just 5 minutes to grill up these Garlic Shrimp! Scoop a few on top of our easy pea pilaf for a no-sweat dinner.

From Parents

Garlicky Shrimp and Rice

Rice and Red Bean Salad

Chili powder and cumin flavor this hearty, nutritious Tex-Mex dish from The Spice House in Milwaukee.

From Midwest Living

Rice and Red Bean Salad

Walleye Wild Rice Cakes with Wasabi Dressing

From Midwest Living

Walleye Wild Rice Cakes with Wasabi Dressing

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

Once assembled, these fresh vegetarian appetizers benefit from allowing the surface to dry a little, so making them an hour or so in advance of serving is a good idea. The recipe comes from chef Kevin Shinn of Bread and Cup in Lincoln, Nebraska.

From Midwest Living

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach

Packed with whole grains and flavorful vegetables, these cheesy stuffed peppers make for a satisfying and simple vegetarian dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa and Spinach

turkey & curried vegetables

For this easy dinner recipe, a turkey breast cooks with vegetables and dried fruit in a slow cooker. Serve with rice and your meal is complete.

From Family Circle

turkey & curried vegetables

Asian Beef Stew

You may be more likely to encounter these ingredients in a stir-fry, but they're equally appealing when combined in your slow-cooker.

From Family Circle

Asian Beef Stew

Jambalaya

Making this Cajun recipe in the slow cooker allows the flavors of the various ingredients to mingle and develop into a zestfully robust meal.

From Family Circle

Jambalaya

Cajun Chicken With Dirty Rice

The rice is "dirty" because it's mixed in with the chicken and vegetables instead of being served plain. Try this quick low-fat meal when you crave Cajun food.

From Fitness

Cajun Chicken With Dirty Rice

Grilled Chicken and Rice Salad

Antioxidant-loaded artichokes combine with cruciferous cabbage and carotenoid-rich carrots to make this healthy thyme-scented chicken and wild rice salad.

From Fitness

Grilled Chicken and Rice Salad

Chicken Jambalaya

Served straight from your slow cooker, this main dish is low in fat because it uses chicken breasts and turkey sausage.

From Fitness

Chicken Jambalaya

Stuffed Pepper Soup

From Diabetic Living

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Smoked Turkey and Bulgur

From Diabetic Living

Smoked Turkey and Bulgur

Savory Bean-Spinach Soup

This vegetarian soup is made in the slow cooker. It's a great side dish for a sandwich at dinner or on its own as a light lunch.

From Diabetic Living

Savory Bean-Spinach Soup

Spinach, Chicken, and Wild Rice Soup

Use leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey for this main dish soup--or stop by the deli. Suitable for diabetic meal plans, this low-calories slow cooker soup develops flavors with minimal attention from the cook.

From Diabetic Living

Spinach, Chicken, and Wild Rice Soup

Paella with Chicken and Shrimp

From Diabetic Living

Paella with Chicken and Shrimp

Multigrain Pilaf

From Diabetic Living

Multigrain Pilaf

Lamb and Rice

From Diabetic Living

Lamb and Rice

Herbed Wild Rice

From Diabetic Living

Herbed Wild Rice

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