Flavorful Rice Recipes to Complete Your Dinner Menu

Buttered Sweet Pea Rice
Photo: Blaine Moats

Don't underestimate rice recipes. Rice is a stunning vehicle for spices and herbs, and even fruit and nuts. There are so many fantastic side dishes made with rice, like fried rice and Mexican rice recipes. You'll want to try adding pomegranate or orange to your rice after reading these recipes for an easy rice dish for a potluck. And we're not just talking white rice, we have brown rice recipes, wild rice, and more.

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Spiced Rice with Pickled Quince and Pomegranate

Spiced Rice with Pickled Quince and Pomegranate
Blaine Moats

This flavored rice recipe has it all with a blend of spices including cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, and turmeric plus tangy pickled quince and a smattering of pomegranate seeds and pistachios. It would make an incredible side dish for a potluck. Make the pickled quince up to a week in advance to save time when prepping the full dish.

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Mexican Green Rice

Mexican Green Rice
Blaine Moats

For a rice side dish that's almost as impressive as your main course, try our green Mexican rice, sauced with homemade salsa verde. The jalapeño-spiced salsa, loaded with avocado and tomatillos, also makes a tasty dip. This easy rice recipe is the perfect addition to taco night or other Mexican-style dinners.

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Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice
Carson Downing

Coconut rice is a stunner of a rice side dish recipe with minimal ingredients. The coconut milk adds a nice richness. Feel free to toast the coconut or scallions on the grill if you already have the grill fired up, or simply toss the coconut flakes in a dry skillet until they are brown and fragrant.

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Mexican Red Rice

Mexican Red Rice
Andy Lyons

This Mexican rice recipe is easy, flavorful, and packs the right amount of heat. Use store-bought salsa to make it a quick weeknight dinner or try your hand at our roasted salsa roja. Snip cilantro on top for the perfect finish to this red rice recipe.

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Asian-Style Fried Rice and Beans

Asian-Style Fried Rice and Beans
Emily Hemmingsen and Jake Sternquist

This stir-fry rice recipe can certainly be a side dish, but with the addition of fiber-filled garbanzo beans, it's also hearty enough to be an entrée. The juicy sautéed pineapple adds a hint of sweetness to the dish. Try freezing fresh ginger so you always have some on hand when you need it.

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Rice Pilaf with Oranges and Walnuts

Rice Pilaf with Oranges and Walnuts
Kritsada Panichgul

This one-pot rice dish studded with bright citrus and crunchy toasted walnuts is the perfect pairing for fish or poultry. Use a long grain and wild rice mix, complete with seasonings, to create a super simple seasoned rice dish.

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Vegetable Fried Rice with Red Curry Nut Sauce

Vegetable Fried Rice with Red Curry Nut Sauce
Andy Lyons

Transform your choice of white or brown rice into a flavorful red rice recipe with the addition of some red curry paste. Thanks to eggs, peanuts, and edamame, this dish satisfies like an entrée. If you're looking for something less filling, simply omit those ingredients or serve up smaller servings (more like ½ cup servings instead of the 1⅓-cup servings called for).

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Pomegranate Rice

Pomegranate Rice
Andy Lyons

With cinnamon and ginger-laced jasmine rice paired with pops of pomegranate seeds, salty pistachios, and lemon zest, this colorful side dish recipe is sure to impress. To make it easy, use already plucked purchased pomegranate seeds.

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