Our Best Rice Recipes
Rice is a grain so ubiquitous in cooking that its versatility and deliciousness is often underestimated. Don't make that mistake. Whether it's long- or short-grained, brown or white, steamed or fried, rice can easily be the centerpiece of the table. Here, our best rice recipes.
This vegetarian version of paella uses eggplant, zucchini, and tomato cooked into the rice dish. The Spanish short-grained rice Bomba is the star here, crisping up on the bottom to make the traditional soccorat, a crackling crust that forms where the rice touches the pan.
A comforting dish made from mung beans, rice, and a variety of spices, this khichdi comes from the Thikse Monastery in Ladakh, India, and employs ginger and garlic alongside turmeric, fenugreek, cumin, and coriander.
Island Jollof Rice
Jollof is a wildly popular dish across West Africa, and there are many regional variations. This recipe, from Chef Eric Adjepong, includes smoked fish, turkey bacon, and scotch bonnet chiles.
Kiribath with Lunu Miris (Coconut Rice with Sambal)
This Sri Lankan dish is traditionally served to mark new beginnings. Coconut rice is gently shaped into diamonds and then topped with a sambal made from fresh chiles, red onion, lime juice, and spices.
One of Restaurant Editor Khushbu Shah's go to meals for comfort and nourishment, yogurt rice combines long grain rice and whole milk yogurt with spices and herbs for a simple but delicious one bowl meal.
Ba Bao Fan (Eight-Treasure Rice)
Sweet glutinous rice forms the backbone of this dessert, decorated by candied and dried fruits. Danielle Chang includes candied orange peel, goji berries, amarena cherries, kumquats, lemon peel, edible flowers, mandarins, lychees, red dates (jujube), maraschino cherries, gooseberries, kiwi berries, pomegranate, dragon fruit, and sliced figs, but you can substitute what you like.
Nasi Goreng Jawa (Javanese Fried Rice)
Nasi Goreng is the classic Indonesian fried rice dish, and this version is one chef and TV personality William Wongso grew up eating.
Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani
A showstopper of a rice dish, this Biryani cooks under a lid of dough to seal in moisture and flavor. Discard the dough lid before digging in.
Crispy Tofu Bibimbap with Mustard Greens & Zucchini
A vegan version of the Korean rice bowl, this bibimbap uses tofu and mustard greens alongside shiittake mushrooms.
Arroz con Pollo
Rice, vegetables, and chicken all cook in the same pot for a fantastic richly flavored one-pot meal. Use dark meat here if you can—it'll amp up the taste considerably.
Sabzi Polo (Herbed Rice)
Traditionally served during Persian New Year, this herb-packed rice dish's signature is the deeply browned crust that holds it all together and gives textural contrast o the interior.
Ginger Crispy Rice with Salmon and Bok Choy
Cooked in a clay pot, this ginger-infused Jasmine rice is an ideal bed for gently cooked fish and vegetables.