Food & Drink

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


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


30. Peruvian Fried Rice (Arroz Chaufa)