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Lemon Rice Recipe

This easy Lemon Rice Recipe is bursting with lemon flavor! It’s a delicious way to turn plain rice into an exotic dish and is the perfect accompaniment to any meats and/or veggies.

AN EASY LEMON RECIPE RECIPE

HELLO! What’s up what’s up?! I have very important news. Very. I took almost an entire week away from the blog! I’m shocked at myself. I still worked, but away from home and WITH people!  As in, not by myself in a kitchen creating recipes and taking photos in a 2×4 make-believe studio for 8 hours a day. #foodbloggerproblems

Sneak peek of where I was and what I did:

CLEVELAND BROWNS STADIUM

Will talk to you about it in an upcoming post. EEEP!

I know. You came here for the rice. 

Lemon Rice Recipe - Bursting with lemon flavor, this is a delicious way to turn plain rice into an exotic dish, and it's the perfect accompaniment to any meats and/or veggies.

Have you ever had Lemon Rice?! If not, you really, really, reaaaallllly should! It will change you 4EVA. 

WHAT IS LEMON RICE?

You know what’s in here, right? I mean, besides the lemon. Any ideas? It’s turmeric! That’s why it’s so golden and pretty and SO freakin’ hard to photograph! Yellow food is my enemy. But, who cares… I brought you sunshine in a dish! The rice is amazing and that is all that we need to worry about.

Lemon Rice Recipe - Bursting with lemon flavor, this is a delicious way to turn plain rice into an exotic dish, and it's the perfect accompaniment to any meats and/or veggies.

Now, before my Indian friends notice that there’s no roasted peanuts in here and red chilies, allow me to explain. This is how we, Macedonians, make it: green onions, garlic, lemon zest and as much lemon juice as one needs. I, however, did add a bit of extra: turmeric. In as far as I know, we don’t use turmeric, but I had to stir it in – it’s just too pretty and too good-for-you to pass up.

Lemon Rice Recipe - Bursting with lemon flavor, this is a delicious way to turn plain rice into an exotic dish, and it's the perfect accompaniment to any meats and/or veggies.

Also, the rice is cooked in broth and milk instead of water, which in turn makes the rice a bit creamy and so much more flavorful.

A sprinkle of dill at the end is every.thing. 

Lemon Rice Recipe - Bursting with lemon flavor, this is a delicious way to turn plain rice into an exotic dish, and it's the perfect accompaniment to any meats and/or veggies.

Now, normally, I would sit around and talk to you a whole lot more, but because I took days away from the kitchen, I must hop back in there today and work for the next 12 hours…. on a Friday.  WELP!

ENJOY!

TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS USED IN THIS RECIPE

Lemon Rice Recipe - Bursting with lemon flavor, this is a delicious way to turn plain rice into an exotic dish, and it's the perfect accompaniment to any meats and/or veggies.

Lemon Rice Recipe

Katerina | Diethood
This easy Lemon Rice Recipe  is bursting with lemon flavor!  It's a delicious way to turn plain rice into an exotic dish and is the perfect accompaniment to any meats and/or veggies.
4.80 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 green onions , white parts only, cut into thin rounds (reserve green parts for garnish)
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup half & half (or heavy cream or evaporated milk)
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • chopped fresh dill , for garnish
  • chopped green onions , for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter and heat olive oil in a nonstick pan.
  • Add onions and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in garlic and lemon zest; continue to cook and stir for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Add rice; season with turmeric, salt and pepper, and cook and stir for 1 minute.
  • Stir in vegetable broth, half & half, and lemon juice.
  • Turn up the heat and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer; cover the pan and simmer for 18 to 20 minutes, or until liquid has evaporated.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Fluff with a fork and taste for seasonings; adjust accordingly.
  • Garnish with dill and green onions.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cup | Calories: 302 kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.5 g | Protein: 6.1 g | Fat: 18.4 g | Saturated Fat: 4.9 g | Cholesterol: 20.5 mg | Sodium: 75.8 mg | Fiber: 1.4 g | Sugar: 3.7 g | Net Carbs: 43 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Sides
Cuisine: Macedonian
Keyword: easy rice recipe, lemon recipe recipe
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66 comments on “Lemon Rice Recipe”

    1. Hi!
      I wouldn’t know, but if there’s a vegan substitute for half & half, then I would try using that. You need liquid to boil the rice, so you can just add water or more broth in place of the half & half.

    2. You can use coconut milk, oat milk, soy, macadamia, almond, etc. Of course, you will get some flavor of whatever milk that you are using. I’ve tried coconut milk and everyone thought it was delicious….especially my vegan friend! Thank you for the recipe Katerina!

  1. I came across this recipe during quarantine and it’s become a staple in my house and definitely a comfort food for me. Thanks so much for sharing!
    PS. I add a little bit of sugar in with the salt/pepper/tumeric and it’s amazing 🙂

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    Curt Muhlenberg

    Thought I was going to be original today and make lemon rice, not something I have ever tasted before, and thought it would a great idea to mess around. I then decided to google and see whether anything like this exists. Lo and behold, a lemon rice recipe.

    So I have followed MOST of your recipe, and now eagerly await the outcome. I didn’t use the vegetable stock but did use milk, butter, and cream.

    Thanks for sharing this, (and for blowing my originality out of the park). I am sure I am going to love every morsel of it.

    Curt in Sunny South Africa

  3. Delicious! My Doc wants me eating totally plant-based so I made it with Myoko’s vegan butter and used just water (didn’t want to open a box of veggie broth) and Oatley oat milk Barrista version instead of cream. Turned out with amazing flavor. Everyone loved it! Thanks!

      1. This rice was very good. I am not a fan of lemon in food, but this was fine. My husband enjoyed as well. Will probably add more lemon for him the next time.

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          Katerina Petrovska

          That’s great! I’m very glad you and your husband enjoyed it! Thank you for chiming in! 🙂

  4. I used Heavy Cream and was a bit wary about the Lemon/Cream thing, so I added the Broth, then the Cream, and when it just about reached boiling I added the lemon juice one table spoon at a time and mixed and it was fine.

  5. Very tasty rice. I used a cup of heavy cream and it was a bit much for my taste. I this 1/3 would be better. (Plus 2/3 broth). The lemon flavor was really nice. Lots of garlic too. Yum

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