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21 RICE DISH RECIPES FOR EASY MEALS AND SIDES

Whether you’re hoping to serve creamy herbed chicken and rice or matcha mochi at your next get-together, rice can lay the groundwork for an assortment of entrées, side dishes and desserts. Read on to see rice recipes for any time of day and learn more about the best ways to choose, use and store rice. 

RICE DISH RECIPES FOR BREAKFAST

Breakfast may not be the first meal that comes to mind when you think of rice, but this versatile ingredient can transform into a myriad of dishes for any time of day. Browse the recipes below for inspiration on how to work rice into your morning meal.

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1. LIME COCONUT RICE PORRIDGE WITH RASPBERRIES

Kick off your morning with this flavor-packed porridge made with lime zest, minced ginger, shredded coconut and cooked brown rice. KitchenAid® blenders streamline the process to quickly cream ingredients together.

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2. CAMP COOKING SAUSAGE AND RICE

This savory dish features breakfast staples like crispy bacon and seared kielbasa sausage combined with sautéd bell peppers, onion and celery. A foundation of hearty, white rice will help keep you full while spices like dried thyme, paprika and cayenne pepper bring the flavor for a mouthwatering morning.

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RICE DISH IDEAS FOR LUNCH

Rice at lunch can help fuel your body for the rest of the day and provide a flexible canvas for a variety of entrées. See the rice recipes below to find light and fresh salads, vegan dishes and twists on go-to classics.

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3. LENTIL CARROT AVOCADO SALAD

Treat yourself to a tasty and nutritious blend with this lentil carrot and avocado salad. Toss fibrous and filling lentils and brown rice with fresh veggies like radishes, carrots and arugula. Then, top with flax seeds, sunflower seeds and an olive oil and lemon juice drizzle for a satisfying mid-day meal.

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4. SUSHI BURRITO

Try this twist on sushi that combines the crisp of bell peppers, cucumber and carrots with soft, tangy pineapple for a refreshing blend of flavors and textures. Balance each bite when you use the KitchenAid® Flat Beater with your KitchenAid® stand mixer to evenly blend ingredients.

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5. EGGPLANT MAPO TOFU

Enjoy this dish featuring eggplant and tofu coated in a zesty sauce combining Sichuan pepper, hot bean paste and a spicy bean sauce. Rest the tofu blend on a bed of brown or white rice for a filling and flavorful lunch.

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6. VEGAN HAWAIIAN POKE BOWL WITH TERIYAKI SAUCE

Invigorate your taste buds with a burst of fresh ingredients. Top a bowl of mixed, black or brown rice with grilled tempeh and pineapple, julienned carrots, cucumbers, edamame and red onions. Make quick work of ingredient prep when you use the KitchenAid® Food Processor Attachment to slice, julienne and dice vegetables.

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7. SPICY TUNA ROLL

Keep lunch classic with a spicy tuna roll. Use the KitchenAid® Flat Beater with your KitchenAid® stand mixer to combine premium grade Japanese rice with rice vinegar powder to lay the foundation for your sushi roll, then top with sliced tuna and avocado, roll it up and top it off with a spicy mayonnaise drizzle.

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8. ASPARAGUS AND SHRIMP COCONUT CURRY

Warm up on a chilly day with this lemongrass and fresh ginger infused curry. Effortlessly blend rich ingredients into a smooth, creamy dish using a KitchenAid® cordless hand blender, pour the curry over rice and garnish with pieces of golden brown shrimp.

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9. ROASTED WINTER VEGETABLE BOWL

Enjoy this combination of brown rice and roasted vegetables topped with a marinade of soy sauce, kecap manis, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. 

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RICE SIDE DISH RECIPES

From backyard barbecues to Greek food theme nights, rice can transform into a hearty and flavorful sidekick to any main dish. See the recipes below for more ways to use rice alongside your favorite entrées.

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10. SWEET POTATO FORBIDDEN RICE ROLLS WITH GINGER MISO SAUCE

Complement any entrée with a black rice and coconut milk mixture wrapped in delicate sheets of sweet potato. Use the KitchenAid® Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment to quickly create thin, even sheets of sweet potato for the right texture.

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11. SHREDDED CARROT, ARUGULA AND WILD RICE SALAD

Toss pomegranate, toasted almonds, carrots, shallots, baby arugula and wild rice for this refreshing and nutritious side. Use a KitchenAid® blender to prepare a sweet and citrusy drizzle for an appetizing blend of flavors. 

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12. SESAME VEGETABLE STIR FRY

This Asian-inspired dish combines brown rice with baby bok choy, broccoli, tamari, ginger and more for a balanced combination of flavors and textures. For an extra kick, you can top your stir fry with chile flakes, scallions or sriracha.

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13. GRAPE LEAVES

Give your guests something to talk about when you prepare this popular Mediterranean and Middle Eastern side stuffed with ground beef, basmati rice and a host of herbs and flavors.

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14. EMPANADAS

Put a Spanish twist on your favorite entrée with these golden brown pastries. Whip up the empanada mixture of beans, rice, and seasonings using a KitchenAid® stand mixer, then stuff the pastry dough and fry to golden perfection. 

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RICE DINNER IDEAS

Rice is an adaptable and reliable side, but it can also serve as the foundation of an excellent dinner dish. Keep reading to find recipes that feature rice as a main ingredient.

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15. SLOW COOKER BEEF BIBIMBAP

Try your hand at this Korean rice dish packed with succulent veggies like shiitake, kale, beansprouts, carrots and more. Then, add vegetable topping and slow cooked beef to rice and serve with a side of savory gochujang.

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16. CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

Bring the fragrant spices of garam masala to your table with this chicken and basmati rice dish. Streamline sauce preparation with a KitchenAid® hand blender to create smooth results in no time, and round out the dish by whipping up a batch of homemade naan using a KitchenAid® stand mixer.

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17. SIRLOIN TACOS WITH BEET SALSA

Put a twist on taco night with this sweet and savory entrée. Use the KitchenAid® Spiralizer Attachment to prepare thin slices of carrot and broccoli stem to top tender, pan-seared steak slices. Prepare each dish with a side of brown rice, or add it to tacos, to round out the meal.

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18. ROASTED CHICKEN WITH RICE PILAF

Enjoy a medley of flavors when you prepare seared, golden brown chicken thighs alongside basmati rice drizzled with a pistachio pesto.

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RICE DESSERT RECIPES

Rice can help you satisfy your sweet tooth with desserts from rice fritters and mochi to dozens of rice pudding variations. See the recipes below to spark your culinary creativity and help you make the most of your next dessert night.

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19. HOMEMADE HORCHATA

This creamy, cold cinnamon beverage is an ideal sweet treat for warm summer days. Use a KitchenAid® Blade Coffee Grinder to pulverize rice and cinnamon before marinating it overnight in cold water. Before serving, dust ground cinnamon over beverages for an aesthetic finishing touch.

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20. RICE PUDDING WITH CARAMELIZED PEARS

Cater to your craving for sweets with this combination of arborio rice, heavy cream, vanilla bean and sweet additives and seasonings. Allow rice to completely cool then brûlée the pudding to elevate this classic dish.

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21. MOCHI ICE CREAM

Wake up your taste buds with this soft, chilled and chewy Japanese dessert. Use a KitchenAid® stand mixer with the Ice Cream Maker attachment* to create homemade ice cream balls, then prepare a glutinous rice dough to wrap around each ice cream ball to create a sticky rice cake filled with a burst of refreshing flavors.

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HOW MANY TYPES OF RICE ARE THERE?

Rice can be sorted into three unique categories: short grain, medium grain and long grain rice. Short grain rice has a tender, soft and even sticky texture when it’s cooked. This includes types like bomba rice, brown short grain rice, some varieties of sticky rice and sushi rice. Medium grain rice—like arborio or forbidden black rice— is slightly more chewy than short grain rice, while long grain rice has a light and fluffy texture once cooked. Common long grain rice includes sticky rice, long grain white rice, jasmine rice, brown rice and basmati rice. 

WHAT TYPES OF RICE ARE BEST FOR RICE DISHES?

Common Asian recipes like sushi, poke bowls or rice balls are best made using short grain rice that easily sticks together once it’s cooked. Medium grain rice works best for risotto, paella or side dishes, and long grain rice is ideal for casseroles, stir fries, pilafs or bowls.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR RICE DISHES IN THE WORLD?

You’ve likely enjoyed some of the world’s most famous rice dishes, but knowing where they’re from can be a starting point to finding more of what you like. Fried rice, for example, originated in China and is found in varieties like miso fried rice, chicken fried rice and more. Dum biryani, a dish originating in India, is another that’s found its way around the globe. Risotto is a popular Italian rice dish, and simple onigiris is a Japanese rice dish easy to customize to your tastes. You can experiment with Latin American flavors by building on a basic arroz con pollo recipe, a traditional Spanish dish.

CAN I STORE COOKED RICE FOR LATER USE?

Storing cooked food for later use can help you get a head start on meal prep. According to the USDA, safely storing cooked food starts with cooling it to 40° F or below as quickly as possible. You can usually store cooked rice in an airtight storage container for 3 to 4 days, or in the freezer for 3 to 4 months. Reheat frozen rice by removing the lid from the storage container and adding 1-2 tablespoons of water for each cup of rice. Then warm the rice in the microwave—or steam in a saucepan—for 3-4 minutes until it’s hot throughout. Use a food thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of reheated rice is at least 165° F before serving.

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