30 Non-Boring Recipes to Make With Rice

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.

 

1. Mushroom Risotto

 

2. Lemon Rice

 

3. Sticky Pomegranate Meatball Bowls

 

4. Vegan Arancini

 

5. Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

 

6. Black Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables

 

7. One Pan Apple Cider Glazed Roasted Butterflied Chicken with Rice

 

 8. Kimchi Fried Rice

 

9. Jeweled Rice with Cranberry and Almonds

 

10. Bacon Fried Rice with Shallots

 

11. Harvest Wild Rice Skillet

Source: Pinch of Yum

 

12. Salmon Caesar Salad Rice Bowls

 

13. Jamaican Rice and Peas

 

14. One Pot Lemon Artichoke Chicken and Rice

Source: Budget Bytes

 

15. Honey Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli

 

16. Broccoli Rice Casserole

 

17. Cameroonian Coconut Rice

Source: Precious Core

 

18. Wild Rice and Carrot Soup

 

19. Red Beans and Rice

 

20. Arroz con Pollo

 

21. Garlic Kale and Brown Rice Salad with Lemon Dressing

Source: Pinch of Yum

 

22. Pumpkin Rice Stuffed Chicken Breast

 

23. Instant Pot Cheesy Southwestern Lentils and Brown Rice

 

24. Jollof Rice

 

25. Green Rice with Poached Fish and Herbed Brown Butter

 

26. Vegan Burritos

 

27. Spicy Tomato Chickpea Sauce and Baked Chicken

 

28. Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Parmesan Rice

 

29. Pressure Cooker Veg Pulao

Source: My Food Story

 

30. Peruvian Fried Rice (Arroz Chaufa)