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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58 comments on “Lemon Rice Recipe”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  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.

        1. Katerina - Diethood
          Katerina Petrovska

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

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