Looking for a new and delicious way to serve rice?
It can be hard to come up with new ideas about what to serve with rice, especially when you are in a hurry.
That’s why we’ve come up with a collection of some of our favorite recipes just for you.
So go on, read on, and be inspired with what to serve with rice.
Rice is such a versatile ingredient that can be used in so many different ways. You can enjoy it plain, mix it with other ingredients, or even have it as a side dish. The possibilities are endless.
Whether you are hosting a dinner party, cooking for a weeknight dinner, or simply packing a lunch, rice can be a quick and easy base for many dishes that are sure to please.
If you are after a crowd pleaser or something a little different for a family dinner, we’ve got you covered.
So go on, scroll down and be inspired with these collection of delicious recipes of what to serve with rice.
What rice should I use?
First off, lets start with some basic rice recipes. There are many different types of rice, and depending on what you cook, it can change what you serve it with.
Some of the most common types of rice include:
- Basmati rice: This is a long grain rice often used in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. It has a light and fluffy texture and a nutty flavor. Basmati rice can be cooked in many ways, including on the stovetop and in the Instant Pot.
- Sushi rice: This is a type of short grain rice. It is often used to make sushi or for rice bowls (poke bowls). It has a sticky texture. Sushi rice can be made both on the stovetop and in the Instant Pot.
- Brown rice: There are many different types of brown rice. For example, you can get brown basmati rice or even brown jasmine rice. Brown rice has a slightly nutty flavor and a chewy texture.
- Jasmine rice: This type of rice is very fragrant and is often used in Thai cuisine. It has a soft and sticky texture. Jasmine rice can be made on both the stovetop and in the Instant Pot.
- Arborio rice: This is also known as risotto rice. It is a type of short grain rice that has a high starch content. This gives the rice a creamy texture when it is cooked.
With flavored rice dishes, you can pair them with other side dishes.
For example, with cilantro lime rice as a base, you could make this Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl.
31 Delicious Recipes to Serve with Rice
Slow cooker Hungarian goulash is a flavorful and hearty dish perfect for both busy days and those cold winter nights.
Tender beef chunks are slow cooked along with vegetables and spices to create a warming and delicious dish.
This Hungarian goulash is complemented perfectly with rice and helps to balance out the richness of the beef.
Comforting Purto Rican picadillo. This dish when served over a bed of fluffy white rice. The spiciness of this dish is balanced perfectly with plain rice and the rice helps to soak up the delicious sauce.
Take pork chops to the next level with this tasty pork chops recipe with a flavorful and creamy sauce made with cream, mushrooms, and bourbon.
Serve over freshly cooked rice for a hearty and satisfying meal. Rice provides the perfect base for this dish as it soaks up all the juicy and delicious flavors of the pork.
Chorizo shakshuka is a twist on this classic Middle Eastern dish. It features spicy chorizo, eggs, and tomatoes, all cooked with a delicious sauce.
Chicken adobo is a traditional Filipino dish which features chicken cooked until tender in a tangy and savory sauce.
With a few simple ingredients, this Filipino chicken adobo is an easy meal perfect for a weeknight dinner served with aromatic rice.
After something quick and delish? Then you have to try this grilled buffalo chicken.
Chicken is marinated in a spicy buffalo sauce and then grilled to perfection.
After something a bit spicy? Then why not try this spicy Korean chicken bulgogi. This dish is a classic in Korean cuisine.
Braised pot roast, a classic comfort food. This simple yet delicious recipe is perfect for a cozy dinner or special occasion any time of the year. Balance out the richness of the beef with a bowl full of rice.
Chicken liver curry anyone? This bold and tasty curry is great if you are looking for something different.
This recipe involves cooking chicken livers in a creamy and spicy sauce until they are soft and tender.
How about something simple? Vegetables are roasted with herbs and spices until tender. This spicy roasted vegetable is a delicious dish that is filling.
It’s a quick and easy dinner or even a side dish for a dinner party.
Slow cooker Hawaiian pork lion is a tropical inspired dish which is a mix of both sweet and savory flavors. Pork loin is rubbed with a spice mixture and then cooked until brown.
Then, it is mixed into a delicious sauce made with onion, pineapple, and other tasty ingredients.
This curry is a classic recipe in Fijian cuisine. It’s chicken seasoned with a variety of spices, and then simmered in a creamy and satisfying coconut milk sauce.
Beef in black pepper sauce features strips of tender beef cooked in a delicious black pepper sauce.
Served over a bed of rice, this mango chicken curry is a must! It’s aromatic, fruity, and creamy.
Mango chicken curry is a healthy meal that is ready in no time. Did we mention it’s also dairy free, gluten free, and packed full of veggies?
Teriyaki chicken. A classic. Teriyaki chicken is always great when served on it’s own, or as some would argue, even better when served with rice.
This teriyaki chicken on a stick is great for an easy dinner or even a party appetizer.
Italian inspired meatballs. These chicken marsala meatballs have all the good flavors of chicken marsala rolled into a meatball.
Serve these with rice at a holiday gathering like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or even for a weeknight dinner.
What about a roast? This simple and flavorful lemon roasted chicken is great for a quick and easy dinner.
Simple yet delicious lemon chicken. This recipe makes a delicious creamy and tangy lemon sauce accompanied with herbs and spices.
By serving this chicken with rice, it balances out the tanginess of the chicken and makes the meal even more filling.
Grilled tofu steaks. They’re delicious, healthy, and packed full of flavor. This recipe is great if you are after something vegetarian or just a simple lunch or dinner recipe to serve with rice.
20. Beef Picadillo
Beef picadillo is a classic comfort food. This recipe is a take on the classic beef picadillo and features seasoned ground beef, salty olives, potatoes, and a rich tomato based sauce.
This hearty curry is made with lamb trotters. The trotters are cooked with herbs and spices until they are both full of flavor and tender. When served with a bowl of rice, these lamb trotters are delicious.
This chicken and gravy is made on the stovetop. It’s a simple one pot dish. You can make this recipe with either leftover chicken or even fresh chicken.
23. Mongolian Tofu
This recipe for Mongolian tofu is a vegan version of the classic Mongolian beef. It’s healthy, packed full of protein, and has a delicious sauce.
Flavorful and healthy. This orange chicken made with chickpeas is vegan friendly. Chickpeas are coated in a sweet and tangy orange sauce to make this tasty dish.
This twist on a classic Chinese takeout pairs great with rice. It’s great for a weeknight dinner when your in a hurry or even a lazy weekend meal.
Tender beef strips cooked with onions, eggs, tomatoes, and spices. Serve with a bowl of steamed rice and dinner is sorted.
This Chinese tomato, beef, and egg stir fry is a must for a weeknight dinner. It’s perfect for the whole family and ready in about 30 minutes.
26. Butter Chicken
Classic butter chicken. This Indian dish is something you have to try. Tender chunks of chicken are cooked in a creamy tomato based sauce.
It’s rich, fragrant, and most importantly delicious.
This is one if you are after something vegetarian. Paneer tikka is a recipe that is packed with flavor and is great for meatless Mondays.
Paneer cheese is cut into cubes and then marinated in a spicy yogurt mixture. It is then grilled until slightly charred on the outside but still tender on the inside.
Simple, yet elegant. This cast iron skillet salmon is a great addition to rice. It’s crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside.
Salmon is seasoned with spices and herbs to create a delicious dish perfect for any time of the year.
Cubes of paneer cooked in a creamy tomato based sauce. This paneer butter masala is a delicious dish which is great to serve with rice as a side dish.
This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.
Hawaiian shoyu chicken is a delicious chicken dish featuring tender chicken marinated in a mixture of shoyu (soy sauce), sugar, ginger, garlic, and green onions.
Sometimes salads just really work well with rice. Like this spicy cucumber salad. It’s easy to make and refreshing.
This cucumber salad features crisp cucumbers, marinated feta, radish, red onion, all seasoned with a citrus dressing.
This recipe is perfect to serve at a summer barbeque with rice or even at a dinner party.
Some food that goes well with rice include curries, stir fries, stews, roasted vegetables, and meats.
Plain white rice can be served with many different things, such as stir fries, simple toppings (such as furikake), roasted vegetables, or grilled meats.
Yes, you can.
You can add some seasonings and flavorings to make your rice more tasty. For example, you could add some seasonings to the cooking water or to the cooked rice, such as vegetable broth or chicken broth.
You could even use some butter, spices, or coconut milk.
Vegetables and even protein such as shrimp can be mixed through rice to make it taste better.
What to Serve with Rice
- Slow cooker Hungarian Goulash
- Puerto Rican Picadillo Recipe
- Pork Chops with Creamy Bourbon Mushroom Sauce
- Chorizo Shakshuka
- Filipino Chicken Adobo
- Grilled Buffalo Chicken
- Spicy Korean Chicken Bulgogi
- Braised Pot Roast
- Chicken Liver Curry
- Spicy Roasted Vegetables
- Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Loin
- Fijian Chicken Curry
- Beef in Black Pepper Sauce
- Mango Chicken Curry
- Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick
- Chicken Marsala Meatballs
- Lemon Roasted Chicken
- Creamy Lemon Chicken
- Grilled Tofu Steaks
- Beef Picadillo
- Lamb Trotter Curry
- Chicken and Gravy
- Mongolian Tofu
- Vegan Orange Chicken
- Chinese Tomato, Beef, and Egg
- Butter Chicken
- Paneer Tikka Recipe
- Cast Iron Skillet Salmon
- Paneer Butter Masala
- Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken
- Spicy Cucumber Salad
- Choose your favorite recipe from the list above.
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Follow the recipe directions and cook up something delicious with rice.