Rice is a great pantry staple to have, not only because we like to eat it, but also because it's good for emergencies. It lasts just about forever and a little goes a long way in feeding people! So it's useful to know some good rice recipes so that you can cook up a satisfying and comforting meal any night of the week.
Here are some rice recipes you might consider making while you're spending extra time at home! Several are quite simple to make and are good one-bowl meals, sure to satisfy and comfort. Click on the titles or the photos to get to the corresponding recipes.
And while I am at it, I have included a recipe at the bottom of this post on how to make plain rice. 🙂
Tasty, tender beef and onions simmered in a soy sauce/tamari-based broth and piled on high on some steamed rice. It's a one-bowl meal that's full of flavor and comfort.
Ingredients: rice, thin sliced beef, onions, dashi broth granules, tamari (or soy sauce), mirin, honey
This one-bowl meal comes together lickety-split. While the rice is cooking, you just need to fry up the beef with some diced onions and garlic, add the sauce and green onions, and voila! Take it up a notch by adding a poached or over-easy egg to your bowl.
Ingredients: rice, ground beef, onion, garlic, oyster sauce, soy sauce, mirin, honey, sesame oil, tapioca starch, white pepper, green onions, eggs (optional)
Create the taste of dim sum right in your own home! A bowl of this delicious sticky rice will fill you up...the only hard thing is trying to stop when you're full because it's just that good! This is one of the most popular rice recipes on my blog!
Ingredients: glutinous rice, ground pork, Chinese sausage, dried shiitake (Chinese) mushrooms, shrimp, oyster sauce, tamari (soy sauce), ginger, garlic, sesame oil, white pepper, tapioca starch
This humble Japanese dish brings with it a whole of lot of comfort and flavor in a very homey meal. It's a no-fuss meal that fills you up and the pork is almost melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Ingredients: rice, thin sliced pork belly, onion, dashi broth granules, tamari (or soy sauce), mirin, honey
This rice salad is a great meal to make ahead and serve straight from the fridge when you want to eat NOW. It's another complete meal in one, with tasty rice, tender chicken, and some green. Top it with some chopped nuts and Parmesan and it's a medley of a meal you've love eating.
Ingredients: rice or wild rice blend, chicken breasts, garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, paprika, snap peas (or broccoli or peas), chopped pecans (optional), grated Parmesan (optional)
Enjoy a hot and delicious meal straight from the skillet! Thin slices of beef cooked up with rice, corn, peas, butter, and pepper, and drizzled with a garlic soy sauce makes for a fast and filling meal.
Ingredients: rice, thin sliced beef, canned corn, frozen peas, black pepper, butter, tamari (or soy sauce), garlic, honey
Nothing says comfort like a bowl of rice congee. It's a go-to whenever someone is down with a cold or flu in our house, but you don't have to be sick to enjoy the comfort this humble porridge-like soup brings.
Ingredients: rice, chicken stock/broth, ginger, onion, dried bean curd
I always keep salmon filets in the freezer so I can whip up this family favorite any night of the week. Flaked salmon cooked with a light solution of mirin, sake, and salt and eaten with hot steamed rice is so simple, yet so good. Of the rice recipes I have up my sleeve, this is my boys' favorite.
Ingredients: rice, salmon, mirin, sake, green onions
When it comes to rice recipes, it's good to think outside the box! This rice pizza is hearty, sturdy enough for your favorite toppings, and a great gluten-free alternative to regular pizza crust.
Ingredients: rice, eggs, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, your favorite pizza toppings
If you can manage to score some sushi take-out, you can throw together homemade poke bowls in no time. While this asks for salmon sashimi, you can also make poke bowls with a big variety of ingredients like cooked shrimp, chicken, fruit, corn, edamame beans, mushrooms, etc.
Ingredients: rice, sashimi salmon, cooked shrimp, corn, pineapple, mango, edamame beans, tofu, etc, tamari (or soy sauce), rice vinegar, sesame oil
This is an incredibly simple dish that is also very comforting and satisfying. The tobiko (fish eggs) are optional if that isn't your thing, and you can dress this dish up with some green onions, furikake seasoning, fried garlic, or a bit of tamari (or soy sauce).
Ingredients: rice, salmon, tobiko, green onions
Dishes That Go Nice(ly) With Rice
A good stirfry doesn't seem quite complete without piling it on top of a serving of rice. This stirfry is easy to make with simple ingredients and is ready to eat in less than an hour.
Ingredients: rice, chicken breasts, baking soda, broccoli, onions, garlic, ginger, chicken broth, oyster sauce, tamari (or soy sauce), honey, tapioca starch, white pepper
Let your slow cooker do the brunt of the work and you can enjoy a healthy serving of this teriyaki pulled chicken over a bowl of rice. Tasty and tender, you could also stuff it into a bun.
Ingredients: rice, chicken breasts and thighs, tamari (or soy sauce), honey, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, tapioca starch, white pepper
There's no need to order Chinese take-out when you can make egg foo young right in your own kitchen. The bean thread noodles I've included in this recipe is based on how my mum used to make it, but you can also leave them out.
Ingredients: rice, eggs, bean thread noodles, BBQ pork (or chicken), green onions, tamari (or soy sauce), tapioca starch, white pepper, chicken broth, oyster sauce, honey
A good curry is always welcome in my house and this coconut milk based chicken curry is always satisfyingly good. You can always substitute the pumpkin out for regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, and daikon also works great.
Ingredients: rice, chicken thighs, chicken broth, coconut milk, fish sauce, coconut sugar, curry powder, onions, garlic, pumpkin (or sweet potatoes or potatoes), tapioca starch
I always have salmon filets in the freezer and one of the ways I love to prepare them is coated in a miso sauce and broiled. Miso can be used in more ways than just in soup and this is a tasty example. Served with plain rice to balance the flavor, it's a quick meal welcome any night of the week.
Ingredients: rice, salmon filets, sesame seeds, miso paste, mirin, tamari (or soy sauce), garlic, ginger, honey
Recap of Rice Recipes
- Japanese Gyudon Beef Bowls
- Asian Ground Beef Rice Bowls
- Rice Cooker Chinese Sticky Rice
- Japanese Butadon Pork Bowls
- Chicken Rice Salad Medley
- Pepper Beef Rice Skillet
- Chinese Rice Porridge Congee (Jook)
- Flaked Salted Salmon Rice Bowls
- Rice Crust Pizza
- Do-It-Yourself Salmon Poke Bowls
- Poached Salmon Tobiko Bowls
- Chinese Chicken Broccoli Stirfry
- Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pulled Chicken
- Mom's Noodle Egg Foo Young
- Creamy Chicken Pumpkin Curry
- Broiled Miso Salmon Filets
And as promised, I've included a recipe here on how to make plain rice, for your convenience. 🙂
- 1 cup uncooked rice jasmine, pearl, basmati, long-grain
- 1 ½ cups water
- Rinse uncooked rice in a few rounds of cool water until water is mostly clear (it does not have to be perfectly clear).
Rice Cooker Method:
- Place washed rice and 1 ½ cups water in the rice cooker pot.
- Turn rice cooker on and let it complete its cook cycle.
- Let rice sit, uncovered for another 5-10 minutes.
- Fluff rice with chopsticks before serving.
- Place washed rice and 1 ½ cups water in pot on stove and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, uncovered.
- Let boil for about 30 seconds and then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover pot with lid.
- Simmer rice for 15 minutes. Do not remove lid.
- Remove pot from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Do not remove lid.
- Remove lid and fluff rice with chopsticks or fork before serving.
- This recipe uses a standard 1 cup measure, not the measuring cup that comes with a rice cooker (which is not a standard cup).
- Rinse the rise either in a bowl, pouring the water out after each rinse, or rinse using a colander and running tap water.
- Rinse rice, using your hand(s) to swirl the rice and rub the grains together.
- If you are cooking more than 1 cup of rice, you may need to rinse the rice more.