White Rice

Thanks to its mild flavor, white rice is super versatile and is even used to make gluten-free rice flour. It can be used to make arancini, veggie burgers and fried rice, and also makes a great addition to soups and salads. We love this recipe for baked tomatoes stuffed with herbed rice—serve them as an impressive appetizer, or alongside grilled shrimp or chicken as a hearty side dish. The rice gets mixed with fresh herbs, nutty Parmagiano-Regiano, salty anchovy butter and chopped red pepper before being stuffed into the fresh tomatoes. Rice pudding is another great way to use white rice—F&W’s guide has dozens of twists on this classic dessert, but this coconut version is our favorite.

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Spanish Rice

Think paella without the animal protein. Tomatoes pureed with onion, garlic and stock give this rice pilaf subtle flavor. It’s a perfect side for spicy dishes like chiles rellenos and pork tamales. Slideshow: More Spanish Rice Recipes

Charcuterie Fried Rice

In this Chinese-Italian mash-up of fried rice, Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple includes salami and mortadella, along with more traditional ingredients like ginger, soy sauce and scallions. Slideshow: More Fried Rice Recipes


These sweet or savory sticky-rice bundles—basically an Asian version of tamales— are often eaten during the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, which takes places near the summer solstice. Here, we stuff ours with a simple filling of red bean paste flavored with lemon and ginger. Both the rice and dried bamboo leaves need to soak overnight, so plan accordingly. Slideshow: More Sticky Rice Recipes

Arroz con Leche

Arroz con Leche, a creamy and comforting rice pudding, is perfumed with cinnamon, finely grated orange zest and pure vanilla extract. Evaporated milk lends a caramel-like sweetness while sour cream offers a tangy finish. Cooking the rice before simmering it with the milks, sugar and aromatics guarantees perfectly tender rice suspended in a thick, creamy pudding. We like our arroz con leche served warm, but it is equally delicious cold, straight from the fridge. Slideshow: More Rice Pudding Recipes

Bacon, Egg and Shrimp Fried Rice

Chef Hugh Acheson’s shrimp fried rice also includes bits of crispy bacon and irresistible bites of fresh tatsoi. It’s a perfect meal in a bowl. Slideshow: More Fried Rice Recipes

New Mexican Rice

For his tangy and fragrant rice, chef Hugh Acheson makes sofrito, a classic blend of onion, peppers and garlic. He adds even more flavor to the dish with tomatillo, diced tomatoes and cumin. Slideshow: More Rice Recipes

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Jasmine Rice

Turn simple jasmine rice into a hearty stir-fry or a sophisticated side dish with just a few ingredients. Here, our favorite recipes.

Crispy Coconut 
Sticky Rice

Joseph “JJ” Johnson, the chef at The Cecil in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood, makes fragrant, lightly sweetened coconut rice, which he pats into a skillet and crisps to serve.  Slideshow: More Sticky Rice Recipes