14 Easy Rice Recipes
Rice for every meal? Don’t mind if we do. Rice is so easy to prepare, and so versatile, that you can eat it constantly and (probably) never get sick of it. Plus, most rice dishes are simple to execute and take more time than effort to pull off successfully. From breakfast to dessert, here are a few of the best easy rice recipes to celebrate your love of all types of rice.
1. Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this brunch-inspired fried rice is perfection. Want to really wake up in the a.m.? Add a healthy dose of Sriracha.
2. Avocado Rice
Everything is better with avocado…and prettier. You put it on top of your eggs, your toast, so why not on rice? Sprinkled with lime zest and cilantro, this green dish is an especially fabulous side for taco night.
3. Vegetarian Sushi Cups
Before you search Amazon for sushi-rolling mats, you should know: There is no rolling required to make these seriously impressive sushi-rice based appetizers. The trick? Muffin tins. Don’t tell Jiro.
4. Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
A set-and-forget soup recipe you’ll be fantasizing about all day as it cooks up its flavorful goodness in your Crock-Pot.
5. Greek Skillet Chicken
Whoa. Did someone secretly hire a chef? Nope. But you did just discover a recipe that’s a main course and a filling side all in one. Score.
6. Baked Spinach Zucchini
Ina Garten’s recipe makes basmati rice the perfect base for this cheesy, veggie-packed casserole. (Reheat your leftovers for lunch the next day.)
7. Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice
This classic Creole staple gets a modern twist—it’s called the slow cooker. Make this weeknight dinner in the morning and have supper ready as soon as you get home.
8. Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Rice
Sub in brown rice to make this super cheesy dish a little healthier. Warning: You won’t be able to stop eating it.
9. Soft Scrambled Japanese Tamago Rice Bowl
Memorize this recipe for when you’re too lazy to grocery shop but want a quick fridge-to-mouth dinner. We promise it’s way more decadent and tasty than you’d ever assume.
10. Slow-Cooker Herbed Chicken and Rice Pilaf
This flavorful riff on chicken and rice comes together easily and feeds a group. The wild rice makes this dish extra hearty and homey.
11. Brown Butter Scallops With Parmesan Risotto
At-home date night is a synch with this scallops and risotto pairing that comes together quickly…we promise.
12. Coconut Rice Pudding
For when you need some decadence, but you’re trying to be healthy, this recipe has coconut milk, condensed milk and whole milk unite to make one hell of a rice pudding.
13. Wild Rice and Stone Fruit Salad
If you haven’t mixed fruit and rice before, now’s your big chance. It’s! So! Good! Try to go for fruits that are in-season for peak flavor.