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Discover 12 Rice Dishes from Around the World

Surp-rice-ing ways to use this humble grain
Rice September 2023

You can do so many things with rice beyond serving it as a side dish. Its starchy base is the perfect canvas for many flavor-packed dishes. You can add ingredients to enrich it or turn it into something completely new. This might be why it’s a staple grain in many cultures around the world. Its mild flavor and chameleon-like ability to take on many forms make it a fantastic  budget-friendly pantry standby to keep on hand.  Break out your kitchen passport and get inspired by this tour of rice dishes from around the world.

Instant Pot® Chicken and Rice Porridge

This affordable recipe is a riff on congee or jūk, a comforting rice porridge found in Southeast Asia. The Instant Pot® lets you get this bowl of comfort made with chicken and fiber-rich brown rice onto the table  in a fraction of the time.

Kimchi Fried Rice with Fried Eggs

Inspired by Korean cuisine, this 15-minute weeknight recipe uses kimchi to infuse ordinary jasmine rice with tons of punchy flavor. Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made of salted and fermented vegetables, like napa cabbage or Korean radish. It’s spicy, tangy flavors elevate a plain bowl of rice with the addition of fried eggs for a satisfying meal you can enjoy morning, noon, or night. 

Broiled Sausages with Cheesy Tomato Rice

This fusion meal with Italian flavors borrows a technique from  Mexico, where rice is often toasted in a pan and then cooked in a bright tomato sauce. Our version adds sweet sausages and   Italian cheese blend for even more flavor and protein.  

Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions

This take on the Middle Eastern dish mujaddara works as stand-alone vegetarian meal or a stellar side dish that’s both filling and affordable. A combo of lentils and rice gets layers of savory flavor from caramelized onions and a blend of warm spices. Did we mention how yummy it is, too?

Chicken and Broccoli Fried Rice

Stir-fried  dishes, commonly found in Chinese cuisine, are a great way to vamp up leftovers. In fact, day-old rice is the secret to getting that chewy, slightly crisp restaurant-quality texture because the rice will crisp up in the pan more easily (less moisture, better texture). Our version with chicken and broccoli uses just six ingredients for a low-lift dinner that doesn’t skimp on  flavor.  

Arroz Con Leche

When you’re talking rice, don’t forget dessert. This comforting cinnamon rice pudding is a favorite throughout Latin America. Five ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need to turn leftover rice into a delectable treat the whole family will love.  

Spam Fried Rice

Spam has been a staple ingredient in Hawaiian culture since World War II when it was commonly served to soldiers. This blending of Polynesian and American cultures created Spam fried rice, an easy meal-in-one with a perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors. 

Chicken and Rice Burritos

Another reason to love rice: it can make a good dish even tastier and more satisfying, too. Here it adds nutritious bulk to protein-packed burritos made easy with rotisserie chicken and store-bought guacamole, so you can have dinner on the table in a jiffy.  

Dominican-Style Coconut Rice with Pigeon Peas

This recipe inspired by a Dominican favorite blends pigeon peas and rice to create a fiber-packed dish that works as a standout side or meal-in-one. Coconut milk adds a pop of tropical, mildly sweet flavor. 

Curried Chicken and Rice with Minted Yogurt

Rice with curry is a match made in heaven, and this Indian-inspired dish is here to prove it. A delicious sauce infused with garam masala is served over a bowl of fluffy rice with refreshing mint yogurt, allowing the grains to soak up all those irresistible flavors.  

Quick Bibimbap Rice Bowl

Bibimbap, a Korean rice dish that roughly translates to “mixing cooked rice,” is a traditional comfort food. Thanks to a few supermarket shortcuts, our version is ready in just 20 minutes.  

Mexican-Style Rice Horchata

Did you know you can DRINK your rice? The combo of uncooked rice, milk, sugar, and cinnamon is equally delicious served warm or over ice on a hot day.  

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