Best ever rice recipes

With the UK’s first ever National Rice Week fast-approaching (7th – 13th September), we've put together some of our favourite rice recipes to celebrate this versatile ingredient. Choose from classic rice dishes including our comforting prawn kedgeree, oozy leek and parmesan risotto or Spanish paella. Or go for something less traditional with our rice-stuffed Romano rellenos with chipotle salsa or our Camargue red rice salad with feta and pine nuts

Cheat’s chicken pilaf traybake

Add a bit of spice to your chicken traybake with cinnamon, cumin and turmeric for an easy midweek dinner.

Easy Chicken and Rice Pilaf Recipe

Caramelised onion and courgette pilaf

A jumble of courgette, tomatoes, basmati rice and gentle spices makes for a perfect pilaf.

Vegetable Pilaf Recipe With Perfect Rice

Preserved lemon, spinach and cherry tomato pilaf

Packed with subtle perfume flavours and zesty preserved lemons, this vegan pilaf is a hearty all-in-one midweek meal for the family to enjoy.

Spinach Rice Pilaf Recipe with Tomatoes and Lemon

Thai crab fried rice with prik nam pla

Spice up your rice with crab, broccoli and prik nam pla – a punchy  Thai dipping sauce. Discover more of our best crab recipes here.

Thai Fried Rice Recipe with Crab and Prik Nam Pla

Spiced green bean and tomato rice

Sabrina Ghayour takes a classic Persian recipe, loobia polow (rice cooked with green beans and meat), and made it veggie for a showstopping meat-free main. Check out more our impressive veggie mains here.

Vegetarian Rice and Beans Recipe with (Loobia Polow)

Baked chorizo and squash rice with manchego crust

Make this low-calorie baked rice dish with crispy manchego crust and butternut squash for a filling midweek meal ready in 50 minutes. Check out more of our low-calorie recipes here.

Baked Squash Recipe with Chorizo

Tofu fried rice

Check out our vegan fried rice with smoked tofu. Make this quick and easy recipe for a low-calorie midweek meal for two.

Vegan Fried Rice Recipe with Tofu

Spicy fried breakfast rice

Check out our simple rice dish with spicy red chillis, salty-sweet bacon jam and soft boiled eggs. This low calorie breakfast recipe is quick, easy and ready in 20 minutes.

Breakfast Fried Rice Recipe

Buttery leek and smoked trout kedgeree

Check out our super simple kedgeree recipe with buttery leeks and smoked trout. This flavoursome dish is ready in just 30 minutes, an easy midweek meal for two.

Smoked Trout Kedgeree with Leeks on a grey oval plate served with boiled eggs sliced into quarters

Camargue red rice salad with feta and pine nuts 

Camargue red rice has a nutty flavour and slightly chewy texture. With tangy feta and crunchy pine nuts, this salad is quick and healthy, perfect for lunch or a lighter midweek meal.

Hot-smoked salmon, dill and lemon risotto 

You don’t have to spend hours cooking to make something delicious. This hot-smoked salmon, dill and lemon risotto is full of light, fresh flavours and is ready in just 30 minutes – perfect for a midweek meal.

Wild mushroom coulibiacs

This vegetarian version of the classic Russian coulibiac fills puff pastry parcels with wild mushrooms in the best creamy sauce.

Asian crab rice bowl

This quick and easy Asian-inspired crab rice bowl is light, zingy and packed with flavour. Serve with a squeeze of lime and chopped red chilli. Substitute crab for prawns if you prefer.

Persian rice with lamb

Aromatic basmati rice is flavoured with the juices of lamb shoulder, aubergine, plum tomatoes and combined with sultanas and turmeric.

Supplì al telefono

Supplì are Italian snacks made from a ball of rice, egg and tomatoes – typical of the Roman diet. Here we suggest using leftover cooked risotto to make these gooey, cheesy bites.

Sweet chilli salmon and warm rice salad

This substantial salad combines delightful sweet chilli salmon with rice, carrot and spring onion. What’s more, you’ll be round the table tucking in in just 20 minutes.

Romano rellenos with chipotle salsa 

Stuffed peppers with a twist. These sweet Romano peppers are made to be filled with a spicy rice mix and mozzarella. Served with a chipotle chilli salsa, they are a quick midweek meal or weekend starter.

Broad bean and bacon risotto 

This recipe for broad bean and bacon risotto is a great one to have on hand. The saltiness of the bacon combined with the freshness of the broad beans works particularly well.

Sweet potato and coconut maki 

Sushi street food company Happy Maki (‘sushi from the land’) travels the UK dishing out sushi wraps. Unusually for sushi, everything is ‘fish free’ to raise awareness about unsustainable fish farming. Here’s our version of the Thai sweet potato wrap.

Mushroom and brown basmati pilaf

Our best pilaf recipe is easy as pie and light on the washing up; perfect mid-week. This recipe uses brown rice, mushrooms and cardamon; topped with yogurt and chives.

Olive’s paella 

A spectacular crowd-pleasing dish, our paella uses chicken, chorizo, pancetta and seafood to pack-in tonnes of flavour. Serve from a huge paella pan for extra impact.

Spinach and risotto-stuffed tomatoes 

A simple vegetarian main (as long as you can find a veggie alternative to Parmesan), made from leftover risotto, pine nuts and lots of spinach. Great served with mash and greens.

Lebanese rice and lentils with caramelised onions 

This recipe for Lebanese rice and lentils with caramelised onions is a storecupboard winner and is ready in just 40 minutes, making it a perfect option for an easy midweek meal.

Prawn kedgeree

Kedgeree is a really quick and easy but delivers on comfort. The spicy rice, juicy prawns and boiled eggs come together in a great balance of flavours. It’s perfect for a midweek meal.

Miso mackerel with chilli brown rice

Quick Japanese-style recipe for mackerel. Grilling is an easy way to cook oily fish and the miso-mirin marinade takes minutes to make. Serve with brown rice.

Baked Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo 

A spicy Spanish one pot. Made with chicken and chorizo and plenty of hot smoked paprika, this is a gutsy rice dish that is sure to impress friends and family.

Asparagus, saffron and almond pilaf

This asparagus, saffron and almond pilaf is a lovely spring dish and a great alternative way to use asparagus. It is officially in season on 24 April, but might be in the shops a bit earlier depending on the weather.

Yoghurt-spiced chicken with almond and coriander rice 

Chicken is cooked in madras yogurt spiced with red chilli; served on coriander rice and topped with flaked almonds. A delicious meal for two, ready in just 30 minutes.

Cardamom rice pudding 

Everyone loves creamy baked rice pudding and it makes a great easy sharing dessert to serve up for family after Sunday lunch. This version uses fragrant cardamom for a subtle spiced finish.

Summer lamb and dill biryani

This recipe for summer lamb and dill biryani lightens up an Indian favourite for the warmer months. It’s a great, easy dish to make and put in the middle of the table for guests to help themselves

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