How To Cook Rice: 10 Savory Rice Recipes

Below you will find 10 flavorful ways for how to cook rice. If you’re tired of eating plain rice then this roundup of rice  recipes is for you. Eat them as a main dish or side dish, either way they will satisfy your palette. In lieu of the plain rice you can liven it up with Spanish or Asian inspired ingredients. Looking for a way to use up those cans of beans? Create an easy beans and rice dish! Below you will find options for all of the above.


Spanish-style Rice Dishes

Paella Rice Salad Enjoy a saffron infused rice with fresh raw vegetables in this cool spin on a traditional paella dish.

Spanish Rice (step-by-step photos) chop up some green bell pepper, red bell pepper, onion and jalapeno top it off with flavorful spices and you’re all set with a fabulous side dish for your Spanish inspired meal.

Spanish Rice with Chorizo Add the smoky, spicy flavor of chorizo to complete this traditional spanish rice dish and you have a tasty entree or a side dish.

Rice with an Asian Flare

Japanese-style rice and Sushi rice {How-to} Interested in learning how to make traditional japanese-style rice? How about the method for taking that rice and making it into sushi rice? Use the step-by-step photos and instructions in this post to help you reach that goal.

Sesame Shrimp Fried Rice The toasty flavor of sesame with garlic and shrimp make this simple recipe complete with it’s broccoli slaw.

Japanese Curry Rice (Video and recipe notes) Curry isn’t just used in Indian dishes! An unknown fact, Japanese dishes are often infused with curry – while it is a bit milder and thicker than traditional indian curry according to the blog author. Additionally he shares that Japanese curry is sweeter because they add some honey or another like ingredient. Watch the short 10 minute video or simply use the recipe notes below to create this flavorful Japanese spin on rice.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Create this indonesian dish by using the broth from the accompanied chicken dish as well as some fish sauce and sesame to finish it up.

Beans and Rice

Beans and rice can be boring in my opinion but I have found a few recipes that are changing my mind. Take these common pantry-stocked ingredients that many of us have on hand  and use them to create an easy, tasty rice and bean dish. Enjoy!

Spicy Smokey Red Beans and Garlic Brown Rice Brown rice with garlic is enhanced with a spicy red beans recipe that includes ingredients like liquid smoke, chipotle peppers in it’s accompanied adobo sauce, corona beer and Tabasco – how can you resist such a tempting spin on an otherwise blah red beans and rice dish? Your welcome.

Brazilian Beans and Rice A rice dish topped with pinto beans spiced up with some chile, garlic and cumin makes for adds an easy brazilian flare to your rice and beans dish.

Canellini Beans and Rice Super simple beans on rice dish with garlic, red pepper and onions. Why go plain when you can add some flavor?

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This post contributed by Nicole at Moments that Define Life. Nicole is a stiletto wearing, Cabernet sipping Mama to three girls. She has spent the bulk of her life being a bad cook. But, she has reformed her ways and vows to improve her skills each day in an effort to keep her husband. Her efforts are lost on her children, who respectfully prefer chicken nuggets and PB&J’s.


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  1. There is actually a herb? mix called fine herbs and most spice companies sell it. You can also choose to use a mix of your favorite herbs… such as a mix of thyme, basil, savory and sage.

  2. I am quite fond of rice. While I do not like sushi or shrimp with rice, I love the mexican way of cooking rice. I am particularly fond of kidney beans. Will give the brazilian rice and beans a try if I can summon the courage to experiment with it myself.

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