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Easy Rice Dishes Recipes

Updated on August 26, 2015
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Ham fried rice.  Click for the recipe.
Ham fried rice. Click for the recipe. | Source

This article answers the question "What is the easiest rice dish to make?" from milleramanda53.

Rice is an easy, quick, and healthy dish to prepare and can be paired with many different vegetables and meats. Whether you are looking for a simple option to use up leftover rice or you are interested in preparing it as part of a side or main dish, there is something here for everyone.

How to Cook Rice - The Ultimate Method


You can mix and match these ingredients for fried rice.

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Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of the most popular methods for using up leftover rice. Combine it with other leftovers in the fridge or whip up some stir fried vegetables and meat to pair with it. In my recent quest to explore new recipes with tahini, I've started adding to to my homemade fried rice. Tahini and soy sauce is a great combination for this dish.

I make the rice pudding recipe from Living the Gourmet that I've linked below.
I make the rice pudding recipe from Living the Gourmet that I've linked below. | Source

Rice Pudding

As I would rather be baking than cooking, rice pudding is one of my favorite recipes for leftover rice. Since I've started making this recipe from Catherine at Living the Gourmet that has dried cranberries and lots of cinnamon, I haven't made any other rice pudding recipe. Rice pudding is wonderful cold or hot and can make a great breakfast, side dish, or dessert.


Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice is one of the most popular searches for rice recipes, including chicken and rice soup. This is a great comfort food and perfect for winter when you're looking for a rich, warm meal that will keep your kitchen toasty and smelling delicious all evening. There are also some good chicken and rice crock pot recipes.


Mexican or Spanish Rice

The term Spanish rice is not used in relation to any Spanish cuisine [source], but many people refer to Mexican rice as Spanish rice so I've included the terminology here. Take the step up from boxed Mexican rice and make it yourself. The combination of fresh tomatoes and cilantro is delicious. Alternatively, consider Mexican green rice recipes with spinach and cilantro. Serve this as a side dish for any Mexican meal or add a few more ingredients to make it into a main dish.


Rice Salad

Rice is a great base for a wide variety of hot and cold salads. If you're ready for a change from pasta salad, try a rice salad. Many rice salad recipes call for specific types of rice, such as brown or black, but you can substitute another kind as you prefer.

Betty's Cheesy Broccoli-Rice Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

This is a classic casserole dish that many people have sampled at some point in their life. Although it is a popular choice for meals with kids, including potlucks, don't discount it for a meal at home with your significant other either. If you want a change from the traditional white rice and cheddar cheese recipe, experiment a little.


Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers may look complicated, but the oven does most of the work for you. Don't feel limited to green peppers either. Switch it up with red, orange, or yellow peppers or use a couple different colors to create a colorful platter. You can easily customize these recipes with favorite vegetables, spices, and herbs.

Click for the recipe.
Click for the recipe. | Source

Stir Fry

Swap your leftover rice or a favorite rice in for the required pasta in just about any stir fry recipe. You can mix the rice right into the vegetables and/or meat combination that you've prepared or serve it on the side.


Rice Porridge

There are sweet rice porridge recipes that are perfect for breakfast or dessert and savory recipes that are great for lunch or dinner. This is comfort food at its best any time during the fall or winter. Now that quinoa is all the rage, there are a number of quinoa porridge recipes out there. You can easily substitute rice for almost any of these recipes.


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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Om!

      krsharp, thanks! Let me know if you give any of these a try.

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      Kristi Sharp 

      8 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Fantastic ideas for rice. I've never done anything but plain brown or white rice. I'm going to have to try some of these out! Thanks for sharing. -K

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the lovely recipes. I grew up eating rice almost every day and have never got bored of it. :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Rusticliving!

      LatThings, thanks! You're right about the versatility of rice. You'll have to give rice porridge a try sometime.

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      8 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      These are some great ideas. Rice is very versatile and you have given us some awesome choices here. I specially like the rice porridge. Never heard of it,must try it..... Thanks.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Wonderful layout and great recipes for rice. Beautifully illustrated! Thumbs up and shared. Lisa

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Kelley! That's great.

      Thanks for the pin, Julie! There are so many great ways that you can vary your rice dishes.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      8 years ago from Clinton CT

      Definitely worth pining! I'm always looking for ways to dress up rice. Thank you! :)

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      8 years ago

      Now I'm hungry. I love all the ideas you presented here all together in one place. I'll bookmark this for the future. Thanks! Kelley

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Anamika! You'll have to let me know if you try any of these recipes.

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      Anamika S Jain 

      8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! Awesome Recipes... I would love to try some of your leftover Rice Recipes. Hub voted up and useful.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Shalini! I'm glad.

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      shalini sharan 

      8 years ago from Delhi

      this looks really delicious, you have taught us some new dishes

      thank you

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, ShootersCenter! Thanks!

      Carol, yes, for sure. Thanks!

      Janine, you're definitely right. That's great. Thanks for the shades and votes!

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      Janine Huldie 

      8 years ago from New York, New York

      Rice is truly a very easy side dish to incorporate in many meals that can be cooked. That said we happen to love rice and already have a few recipes, but will be adding these to my recipe book. Have pinned, shared and voted too.

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Great ideas. Rice is cheap and versatile---two good things in today's world. Everything here looks delish..Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Florida

      I use many of the same meals with rice, just had pork fried rice yesterday. Good job on the hub.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Josh! No, that is not a good combination when you don't have a break coming up to get food. You'll have to try some of these recipes some other time!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania


      You are making me hungry and I am at work! Not a good combination! :) Great ideas; I love rice!


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