Lemon Rice
Lemon Rice (stove top or rice cooker) infused with bright, fresh lemon and zippy dill and the option of butter and feta!  This recipe transforms regular rice into exotic, tantalizing Greek Lemon Rice Pilaf with just a few ingredients!  It’s wonderfully easy and so good you will be eating straight from the pot.  I’ve included directions for stove top or rice cooker and fun ways to customize your Lemon Rice!
    Servings Prep Time
    6servings 5minutes
    Cook Time
    15minutes plus 10 for resting
    Servings Prep Time
    6servings 5minutes
    Cook Time
    15minutes plus 10 for resting
    Showing how to make Lemon Rice in rice cooker by adding all ingredients to rice cooker
    Ingredients
    • 2tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 chopped onion
    • 1 1/2cups basmati ricewell rinsed and drained*
    • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2teaspoons lemon zest
    • 2cups low sodium chicken broth
    • 1/2cup water
    • 1/4cup lemon juice
    • 3/4teaspoon salt plus more to taste
    • 1TBS EACH fresh dill, parsleyOR 1 teaspoon EACH dried
    • 1/4tsp EACH pepper, dried oregano, ground cumin
    ADD LATER (optional)
    • 1-2tablespoons butteror more to taste
    • 1/4cup feta
    • lemon juice to taste
    Instructions
    1. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan (with a lid) over medium high heat. Sauté onions until soft, approximately 5 minutes.
    2. Add rice, garlic and lemon zest and sauté for one additional minute.
    3. Stir in chicken broth, water, lemon juice and all seasonings. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to LOW, cover, and cook 12-15 minutes, or just until water is evaporated and rice is tender, stirring once at 8 minutes and replacing lid. If your liquid is evaporated but your rice is still quite undercooked (keeping in mind it will steam for 10 minutes once removed from heat), then add a little additional liquid and continue to cook.
    4. Once water is evaporated, remove from heat, stir, cover and let sit 10 minutes.
    5. Taste and add 1-2 tablespoons additional lemon if desired (I add one tablespoon). Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Optional: stir in 1-2 tablespoons butter or more to taste. You can stir feta into entire rice pot or add it to individual servings.
    Recipe Notes
    *I love Basmati rice for it’s fluffy, fine texture and anti-sticky/mushy qualities, but you can substitute with plain long grain white rice.  You can also use brown rice and adjust the amount of water/broth and cook according to brown rice directions.

    Rice Cooker Directions

    Add rice (long grain white or brown), chicken broth, water and lemon juice (adjust water amount according to your rice cooker), 1 teaspoon garlic powder (instead of garlic cloves) and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (instead of onion) and all of the remaining ingredients to your rice cooker except for butter and feta.

    Set rice cooker to white or brown rice cook setting according to which rice you are using. Once rice is cooked, stir in butter to melt followed by feta.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Taste and add 1-2 tablespoons additional lemon if desired (I add one tablespoon).