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Lemon Rice

A few simple ingredients transform regular old white rice into a brightly flavorful pot of lemon rice, which makes a lovely, savory side dish for almost any dinner.


a bowl of lemon rice with lemon zest with a serving spoon

Lemon Rice—There’s Nothing It Can’t Do!

Need to make a baked chicken breast more exciting? Hey—how about lemon rice?! Need a quick side dish you can throw together while your salmon cooks on the grill? Make lemon rice! Fragrant and a bit tart with a hint of garlic, this easy lemon rice recipe is just one of those little life upgrades that are basic and mind-blowing all at once. Why make plain rice when, in the same amount of time, you could make delicious lemony rice? Truly, there’s no going back.

ingredients for lemon rice, lemon zest and juice, butter, chicken stock, salt and garlic

All You’ll Need To Make Easy Lemon Rice

Nothing fancy here. Just easy-to-find, everyday ingredients to take your rice cooking game from boring to superstar status. To make this lemon rice recipe, you’ll need:

  • Long-grain white rice
  • Chicken stock
  • A lemon. You’ll use both the juice and the zest, but one lemon should be enough.
  • Garlic powder
  • Butter or vegetable oil
  • Salt.
rice being rinsed in a fine mesh sieve
butter, lemon juice and zest, chicken stock and rice in a small sauce pan for lemon rice

How To Make Lemon Rice

Our lemon rice recipe is barely a recipe—if you know how to make rice, it’s basically just cooking rice, but with flavor added! Making plain rice into lemon rice is as easy as:

  1. Rinse the rice in a fine mesh sieve, under cold, running water.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan!
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cover the pot until the rice is cooked. Don’t peek under that cover until a full 18 minutes has passed!
  5. Eat up!
lemon rice in a small sauce pan
lemon rice in a bowl with lemon zest

What Goes With Lemon Rice?

This is probably, honestly, more of a “what doesn’t go with lemon rice?” situation. But we’ll share a few of our very favorite things to serve with lemon rice. Try it with:

Tools You’ll Need to Make Lemon Rice

lemon rice in a bowl with a serving spoon

Up Your Side Dish Game!

When it’s this easy to do, why not spice up that side dish? We hope this lemon rice makes you as happy as it makes us. If you make it, let us know how you like it! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

Lemon Rice

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  22 min
  • Calories: 90


  • 1 ½ cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter or vegetable oil


  1. Rinse the rice in a fine mesh sieve.
  2. Add everything to a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover with lid, then turn heat to low and simmer for 18 minutes.
  4. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories90
  • Protein1 g
  • Carbohydrates11 g
  • Total Fat4 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol10 mg
  • sodium193 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Lemon Rice

Questions & Reviews

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  • Mary

    Can this recipe be made in an instant pot?

    Definitely, we will test it to see if anything in the recipe needs changed for an instant pot and add that method. Thanks for asking!

  • jenn

    I had a rotisserie chicken and made this to go with it, oh man! So much better than plain rice definitely going to make this again and again!

    Thank Jenn, glad you liked it!