Rice is a true pantry staple for oh so many people. It makes a quick and easy side—can be dressed up with herbs, sauces, and nuts—or take on the starring role. Toss it into soup or salad to bulk up a lighter meal, stuff it into veggies, use it as a base for curries, stews, and stir fries—the opportunities feel endless. That being said, there’s something about rice that can sometimes feel a bit, well, blah too.
I always keep my kitchen stocked with several different kinds of rice. Shorter grains can get creamier during cooking (depending on how you cook them), while longer grains stay separate after being cooked. Different kinds of rice work best for different preparations—make sure to check the recipe and follow the recommendation if you’re not familiar with cooking with different kinds.
Here, we’ve rounded up 30 recipes to make with rice—and not a single one could be considered boring.
2. Lemon Rice
20. Arroz con Pollo
24. Jollof Rice
26. Vegan Burritos