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4 Easy Irish Rice Recipes

Updated on April 17, 2009

I am not someone who really enjoys cooking and I definitely don’t do well in the kitchen when it comes to complicated recipes. Nevertheless, I think that it’s healthiest to eat at home using fresh foods so I do a lot of simple cooking at my place. One of the things that I really love to cook on a regular basis is rice. There are so many different ways that rice can be cooked to give it many different flavors and textures and yet making a rice-based recipe is almost always a simple task to complete. I primarily tend to cook either Asian rice recipes or Spanish rice recipes because both of these tend to be spicy and flavorful which I love. However, I’m interested in learning about new types of rice recipes as well. In my research, I’ve discovered that there are four different Irish Rice Recipes which may be worth trying.

Simple Irish Rice Recipe

Since the best recipes for me are the ones that are easiest to make, I find myself most drawn to trying out this easy Irish Rice Recipe which I found over at Recipezaar (a great site for finding many different types of recipes). It includes ingredients that I already have in my kitchen and I don’t think it looks hard to make at all.

Here are the basic steps of this recipe:

• Saute one quarter cup margarine and one chopped onion until the butter is melted and the onion is brown.

• Combine this with one cup of Minute Rice (an ingredient I truly love even though it’s not the healthiest rice option available), one can of cream of mushroom soup and one package of frozen broccoli.

• Bake in an oven at 350 degrees for forty five minutes.

I’m not quite sure why this is considered an Irish Rice Recipe but that’s what it’s called and it definitely sounds like a rice dish that could be tasty.

A Fancier Version of the Simple Irish Rice Recipe

Another recipe that I found (this time over at which is another great site for recipes) is basically a dressed-up version of the first recipe.

Here are the basic steps for this type of Irish Rice:

• Saute four tablespoons of butter, one quarter cup of chopped onion and one quarter cup of chopped celery until the butter is melted and the onion and celery are browned.

• Combine this with one cup of cooked instant rice, one can of cream of mushroom soup, one package each of frozen broccoli and frozen cauliflower, one small jar of Cheez Whiz and one quarter cup of water.

• Bake in an oven at 350 degrees for one hour.

As you can see, this recipe was really similar to the first one but it includes more vegetables and it needs to be cooked longer as a result.

Irish Dunmurry Rice: A Fresher Option

These recipes for Irish rice sound really simple which appeals to me but I have to admit that I’m a little bit turned off by the fact that they rely on frozen and canned ingredients. I would really prefer to use fresh ingredients in my cooking since it’s much healthier to eat fresh foods than frozen or packaged foods. As a result, I’m intrigued by this recipe that I found over at (a site that’s new to me but which looks promising) even though it’s a bit tougher to make.

Here are the basic steps for this one:

• Saute two tablespoons of butter, one small chopped onion, one cup of sliced mushrooms and one cup of converted rice until the butter is melted and the other ingredients have browned.

• Add two and one half cups chicken broth, two tablespoons chopped parsley and a bit of salt and pepper to the ingredients on the stove top. Cover and cook for twenty five minutes.

• Cook Irish tomatoes to go along with the rice. There is a recipe for this on the same site. Serve the rice in a dish surrounded by the tomatoes.

I’m not a big fan of tomatoes so I’d probably skip that second part of the recipe if I was going to make this rice dish. I’m interested in trying this one since it seems fairly simple and yet it’s fresh and it’s not baked.

Irish Rice Pudding

You can’t do a search for different Irish rice recipes without coming across loads of different recipes for Irish Rice Pudding. I don’t ever really make rice pudding myself but I do like to enjoy it sometimes. It’s a really great dessert and it’s a lot healthier than many of the other dessert recipes out there so maybe it would be a good thing to learn how to make at home.

A simple Irish rice pudding recipe that I found over at Suite 101 has the following basic steps:

• Heat four cups milk, one teaspoon of vanilla and two thirds cups heavy cream over the stove top until it boils.

• Add two thirds cups each of short grain rice and sugar. Cook for thirty minutes.

• In a separate bowl combine ½ cup Irish cream and two beaten eggs. Whisk while stirring in one half cup golden raisins. Add to the first mixture.

• Pour everything into a buttered 9x9 pan. Add one teaspoon each of cinnamon and lemon zest to the top. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for seventy five minutes.

• Make a caramel sauce for the top of the pudding. This is done by heating one half cup of sugar on the stove until it starts to carmelize. Add in four tablespoons of butter and one quarter cup of heavy cream and whisk together. Stir in one quarter cup of Irish cream. Add to the rice pudding.

I don’t know about that recipe because it sounds a little complicated for me but it’s supposed to be a St. Patrick’s Day favorite so many it’d be worth trying out.


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    9 years ago

    these are completely random and not particularly irish!! well maybe the rice pudding but the first two?

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    Mark Patrick Dempsey 

    9 years ago

    'Twould be square for ye to try real Irish grub for a chance... 'n stop callin' us 'paddys'

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    Holle Abee 

    9 years ago from Georgia

    Wish I had found these in time for St. Paddy's Day!

  • Dave Cald profile image

    Dave Cald 

    10 years ago

    I was looking for some simple Irish recipes to serve for St. Patty's Day, and your Irish rice dishes sound easy and delicious! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  • Lgali profile image


    10 years ago

    thnaks for all nice recipes

  • Teresa McGurk profile image


    10 years ago from The Other Bangor

    Who knew? I've had rice pudding, but hadn't heard of the others. Did your research turn up any Irish curry recipes? Dang. Now I'm hungry for Irish pizza. . . (dough=scone dough, rises really high, bacon, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese on top).


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