Quick Rice Stir-In Ideas

These 8 rice stir-in options are quick and easy to make and serve as a great side dish to a variety of main dish meals.

Easy Rice Stir-Ins

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Easy Rice Stir-Ins

Start with 2 cups unseasoned hot cooked long-grain white rice simmered in water. Choose your favorite flavor, and proceed with the following recipes.

First up is Thai Cilantro and Serrano Rice. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil; swirl. Add 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon sliced garlic, and 2 serrano chiles, seeded and thinly sliced; sauté 1 minute. Stir ginger mixture, ¾ cup chopped cilantro, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt into rice.

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Curry Carrot Rice

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Curry Carrot Rice

Stir ¾ cup grated carrot, 2 tablespoons golden raisins, 1 teaspoon Madras curry powder, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt into rice.

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Golden Saffron Rice

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Golden Saffron Rice

Combine 1 tablespoon hot water and 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads, and let stand 5 minutes; stir into rice. Heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add ¼ cup minced onion; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine rice mixture, onion mixture, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt.

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Double Sesame Rice

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Double Sesame Rice

Stir 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and 2 diagonally sliced green onions into rice.

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Pine Nut, Butter, and Parsley Rice

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Pine Nut, Butter, and Parsley Rice

Stir 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts, 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt into rice.

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Browned Butter and Sage Rice

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Browned Butter and Sage Rice

Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat; cook 1 minute or until butter begins to brown. Stir butter, 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh sage, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper into rice.

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Chile-Spiked Rice

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Chile-Spiked Rice

Combine 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste), 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, ¼ teaspoon ground coriander, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and 3 minced garlic cloves; stir mixture into rice.

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Rum-Raisin Rice Pudding

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Rum-Raisin Rice Pudding

Combine ½ cup raisins and ¼ cup rum in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes; let stand 5 minutes. Stir raisin mixture, 2 (3.5-ounce) vanilla pudding snack cups, 1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, and a dash of ground nutmeg into rice.

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