A subtle lemon flavor infused into perfectly cooked rice, this Lemon Rice is a surprisingly simple way to take your favorite dishes up a notch. We served this rice in Greek Bowls with an Easy Greek Salad on the side, and the flavor combination was fantastic! I just know you are going to think of all kinds of meals you would love served with a side of this Lemon Rice.
Anything chicken or seafood-based would go perfectly with this rice. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Lemon is one of those ingredients that just adds pizazz wherever it goes. The lemon flavor is subtle enough to not take over any of the other flavors, making it the perfect complement and flavor enhancer. 🙂
My house is full of rice lovers, and we eat rice at least once or twice a week. I love having this new simple recipe to add to our growing repertoire of ways we can prepare one of our most favorite side dishes. I can’t wait to try this rice with chicken gravy over it. YUM!
Serve this Lemon Rice with…
- Baked Teriyaki Salmon
- Homemade Creamy Chicken Sauce for Hawaiian Haystacks
- Baked Butter Garlic Shrimp
- Easy Baked Parmesan Salmon with Old Bay and Lemon
- Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs
- Copycat Chipolte Chicken
Step by step pictures for how to make Lemon Rice
Frequently asked questions for how to make Lemon Rice
Can I use MINUTE RICE FOR this recipe?
I have not tried using minute rice with this recipe, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Just bring everything, except the rice, together to a boil before adding the rice. You will also need to add another 1 1/4 cup rice if you use minute rice.
will this recipe work with BROWN RICE?
I haven’t tried this recipe with brown rice. It should work. You will just need to adjust the cooking time according to the instructions for the brown rice. You may also need to add another 1/4 cup of water.
How many servings will this recipe make?
This recipe will serve 6-8 people.
Can I use lime instead of lemon?
I do not recommend using lime in this recipe. If you would like lime-based rice, I have two recipes: Oven Baked Cilantro Lime Rice and Copycat Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice. If you don’t have cilantro, no worries. Just leave it out.
Can I bake this in the oven instead of on the stovetop?
Yes. If you want to make this in the oven, add everything to a 9×13 glass baking dish. (Cut or break the butter up into small pieces, so it will distribute better.) Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
- 2 cups long-grain white rice
- 1 cup chicken broth (I use 1 cup water and 1 tsp chicken bullion.)
- 2 cups water
- 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1¼ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp garlic powder
- 3 tbsp butter
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- Put all ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan that has a tight-fitting lid.
- Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, place lid on pan and cook for 18-20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and rice is easily fluffed with a fork.
- (Refrain from lifting the lid while rice is simmering.)
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