Easy Rice Recipes

Rice is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of healthy and nutritious recipes that are easy to make. These easy rice recipes are quick, cheap and are something that the whole family will

My favourite easy rice recipes can be used as a light snack, as a starter, as part of a main meal or as a side dish for bbqs and family cookouts.

Easy rice recipes - Curry rice

Out of all the rice dishes curry rice is the easiest to make. The first thing to do is make a curry sauce, which is no more than curry gravy made out of curry powder and water. If you like spicy food use a hot curry powder otherwise use a mild curry powder.

Curry rice is best made using basmati rice, although you can use whatever rice you want. Bring a pan to the boil, add the rice, reduce the heat and simmer until cooked. During the last five minutes of cooking add some frozen peas and some frozen sweet corn and cook with the rice. Once cooked, drain and add to the curry gravy. Curry rice can be eaten hot or cold and is delicious either way.

If you have any left over rice turning it in to curry rice is a great way to use it up.

Easy rice recipes - Egg fried rice

Egg fried rice is a Chinese restaurant favourite and it is a dish that is very easy to replicate at home. In order to make egg fired rice all you need is some long grain rice (about seventy five grams per person), one large egg and half a cup of frozen peas.

Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the rice, reduce the heat and then allow the rice to simmer until cooked. The rice will typically take ten to fifteen minutes, although the exact time will vary on the type of rice being cooked. When cooking rice you need to keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan, otherwise you are going to end up with a right mess. The rice need to be stirred throughout the cooking process. During the last five minutes of cooking add the peas to the rice and continue to cook.

Once the rice is cooked drain and put to the side. Take a non-stick wok or frying pan, add a little oil and heat up. Whilst the oil is warming up crack the egg and thoroughly beat it but not so much that is goes frothy. Once the oil is up to temperature add the rice and peas and cook for a few minutes.
Next pour the beaten egg over the rice and thoroughly stir with a wooden spoon to make sure there is a thin coating of egg over all of the rice and peas. Cook until the egg is cooked through and then serve.

If you want to make the egg fried rice a bit more interesting you can add some chopped ham, chopped chicken, shrimp, prawn, chopped pork or chopped beef. You may also add any combination of the meats and seafood to make it extra tasty.

Egg fried rice can be eaten hot or cold, although I think it works better hot. If you have any leftover egg fried rice you need to make sure you heat it through properly if you decide to have it hot at a later date.

Easy rice recipes - Spicy sausage and rice

This recipe involves a bit more work but it is still easy to do. In order to make the spicy sausage and rice you will need one large pepper, one red onion, two hundred and fifty grams of rice (either long grain or basmati), five hundred millilitres of stock, six cooked sausages, a tub of spicy salsa sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

The first step is to sauté the pepper and the onion in a pan, i.e. cook until the onion turns translucent and are tender. Burnt onion leaves an awful taste that is almost impossible to get rid of so make sure you don’t burn the onion at this stage.

Next stir in the stock, add the rice and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and then leave to simmer until the rice is cooked. The rice should take ten to fifteen minutes to cook, although the time will vary on the type of rice being used.

Once the rice is cooked, drain the excess water. Stir in the salsa, add the chopped sausages and stir thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper, spoon in to bowls and serve.

Easy rice recipes - Spicy leftover rice

As the name suggests this easy rice recipe requires leftover rice. If the rice is stuck together and in lumps either crumble between forefingers to separate or put in a sieve and run under a cold tap for a few minutes and then allow to dry.

For this spicy rice recipe you will need leftover rice, three cloves of crushed garlic, half a teaspoon of mustard seeds, an inch of fresh ginger that is peeled and finely chopped, half a teaspoon of mustard
seeds, half a teaspoon of chilli flakes, half a teaspoon of turmeric and some oil for frying.

Pour some oil in a non stick frying pan or wok and gently heat. When the oil is up to temperature add the garlic and the fresh ginger and cook for a three to four minutes, stirring all the time. Next, add the mustard seeds and as soon as they start to pop add the turmeric, the rice and the chilli flakes. Cook the rice until hot. Whilst the rice is cooking you will need to stir throughout to stop it sticking to the pan or burning.

This spicy rice is a very versatile recipe that you can make as hot or as mild as you like. If you want a really spicy kick add some more chilli. If you like a lot of garlic add some more cloves. There is no right or wrong when it comes to this dish and you can do whatever you want.