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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 - 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.

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!

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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
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
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.
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Macedonian
Calories: 302 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
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, evaporated milk, or milk)
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • chopped fresh dill , for garnish
  • chopped green onions , for garnish
Instructions
  1. Melt butter and heat olive oil in a nonstick pan.
  2. Add onions and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in garlic and lemon zest; continue to cook and stir for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  4. Add rice; season with turmeric, salt and pepper, and cook and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Stir in vegetable broth, milk, and lemon juice.
  6. Turn up the heat and bring mixture to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to a simmer; cover the pan and simmer for 18 to 20 minutes, or until liquid has evaporated.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Fluff with a fork and taste for seasonings; adjust accordingly.
  10. Garnish with dill and green onions.
  11. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW Smart Points: 10

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 166
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.4g 28%
Saturated Fat 4.9g 25%
Cholesterol 20.5mg 7%
Sodium 75.8mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 44.5g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6%
Sugars 3.7g
Protein 6.1g 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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32 Responses
    1. Kay Lamb

      would lemon rice go well with a chicken marinated in lime, honey, and rosemary. Or would that be a citrus overload?
      appreciate your opinion and thanks for the recipe

  1. This was delicious and the creamiest rice I have ever had. I used coconut milk instead of 2% dairy and loved it. It was beautiful, tasty and will be made again and again at my house. I am looking forward to trying it with roasted peanuts and chili peppers. I skipped the dill since my husband doesn’t like that.

  2. Marina

    Lemon juice will sometimes curdle milk when added to it when hot. Try adding the lemon juice finally after fully cooking and the heat has been turned off.

  3. Alice

    This rice looks amazing! I’m planning on making it ahead of time for a Christmas shindig. Can I serve it cold? Or does it have to be eaten hot?

  4. Stan

    This Lemon Rice dish looks delicious! I’m going to try it soon. However/ I have a question regarding the Nutritional Information. Is the serving size really (1 g) ?

  5. this was linked in a recent tandoori rice bowl recipe, love it, love this flavor with dill, etc., and I think the photos look great, so thank you for this too!

  6. Alice

    I didn’t have dill but it ended up being the best rice dish I have made in a very long time. Thanks for having shared the recipe. I will definitely do this over and over again. ☝

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