7 Best Rice Seasonings


Rinse Rice

1 cup rice (long grain brown rice, long grain white rice, basmati rice or jasmine rice). Pour rice into strainer and rinse under running water until water runs clear.

Toast Aromatics

In a 2-quart pot, heat 1 tbsp butter or oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add 1 diced onion and saute for 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Add 2 cloves garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Add Spices & Stock

Curry rice: 1 tbsp Madras curry powder + 3/4 cup coconut milk + 3/4 cups water or stock

Moroccan rice: 1 tbsp Ras el Hanout + 1.5 cups water

Greek rice pilaf: 1 tbsp Greek seasoning + 1.5 cups water or stock

Saffron rice: Pinch saffron threads, steeped in 1/4 cup hot water + 1.5 cups water or stock 

Mexican rice: 1 tbsp Chili powder + 1 cup tomato sauce + 1 cup water or stock

Dirty Cajun Rice: 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning + 1.5 cups water or stock

Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until the water is absorbed, 18 minutes.

Let Rest

Remove rice from heat and steam, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.


Garnish pilaf, saffron rice, Moroccan rice or curry rice with raisins, pistachios, apricots, almonds. Garnish Mexican rice or cajun rice with diced tomato, cilantro, green onions, lime.


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