Rice Side Dish Recipes

Easy rice recipes with few ingredients to complement your meal. Fried rice, brown rice, Spanish rice, Mexican rice, and more!

Staff Picks

Easy Oven Brown Rice

Rating: 5 stars 162
I am a terrible rice cook, but once I tried this method I can be confident that it will turn out every time!

Cashew Raisin Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.5 stars 130
Very good low-fat rice pilaf. This dish is very good with poultry and pork dishes.

Persian Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 90
I believe I've posted a few fool-proof methods for cooking perfect rice, but this Persian version takes the grand prize, and it's not even close for second. The beauty of this method is that it doesn't rely on any specific measurements, or even exact times. This will make some of you very nervous, but just go with it.


Rating: 4.5 stars 88
An Italian rice ball made with white wine risotto, and a gooey mozzarella center. Fantastic for lunch or dinner - can be frozen.

Baked "Fried" Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 50
If you don't have cold leftover rice around, this easy oven method will produce something very similar to the classic fried rice, with the perfect texture every time. Just like rice pilaf, the grains of rice get coated in fat before absorbing the cooking liquid, ensuring plump, tender, separate grains with no sticky clumps. Just adjust cooking time if using a different kind of rice or pan size. Garnish with green onions and serve with a runny poached egg on top if desired.

Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

Rating: 4.5 stars 559
I got this recipe from a friend who is from Bethlehem. The flavors are just delicious. The possibilities of add-ins are endless.

Sarah's Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.5 stars 1104
A flavor-packed rice with nutty orzo, aromatic onion and garlic, and broth.

Lemon Basmati Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 155
A delicious and easy side dish, goes great with fish!

Best Spanish Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 3119
The combination of picante sauce and chicken broth makes this easy recipe very tasty!

Asian Coconut Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 759
This coconut rice is fluffy and tender, just like you get at restaurants!

Lime Cilantro Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 828
Easy and delicious! Great with salmon, chicken, or turkey tacos.

Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Rice shaped in triangles or balls filled with your favorite ingredients. Common fillings are pickled plums or salmon but just about anything salty will work and plain is also very tasty. A tasty alternative to the American sandwich and a staple for any bento (Japanese boxed lunch). Store in the refrigerator.

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Cook Rice: Tips and Recipes
Learn how to make perfect rice every time. We'll show you tips for cooking white rice, brown rice and more.
Arroz Rojo (Mexican Red Rice)
Rating: Unrated 79
Rice cooked in chicken broth with grated plum tomatoes, onion, and garlic.
Gourmet Mushroom Risotto
Rating: 5 stars 3422

Authentic Italian-style mushroom risotto goes with any main course.