Delicious Rice Dishes to Impress Family and Friends

Rice is one of the most beloved staples worldwide. This recipe collection will show you some of the most delicious rice dishes from various cuisines.

Nasi Kebuli.

People worldwide enjoy rice in a myriad of different types of cuisines. You can see from these carefully selected recipes that represent many cuisines from all over the globe.

It is easy to understand why. Because rice is a quick, convenient, and affordable food staple, you can cook it in various ways. Look at these delectable recipes full of flavor, textures, and vibrant colors, and give them a go. With these easy-to-make recipes, dinner will be a hit every time!

Bubur Ayam Recipe: Indonesian Rice Porridge With Chicken

Bubur Ayam.
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Bubur Ayam is one of the most sought-after street foods and a comforting breakfast food. The soft rice congee with delicate herb fragrance marries well with flavorsome spiced yellow sauce, soy sauce, and chili sauce. Get the recipe here.

Nasi Kebuli: Arab-Indonesian Spiced Lamb Rice

Nasi Kebuli.
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Nasi Kebuli is the Arab-Indonesian version of pilau rice cooked in spiced meat broth. It’s deliciously fragrant with a deep flavor of meat goodness. Initially introduced by traders from Afghanistan and the Middle East, such as Yemen, Nasi Kebuli is now one of Indonesia’s popular rice dishes. Get the recipe here.

Ayam Hainan: Hainanese Chicken Rice

Ayam Hainan.
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Ayam Hainan is a whole meal consisting of succulent chicken with fluffy-tasty rice and heartwarming soup. It is also known as Hainanese chicken rice or simply chicken rice. Get the recipe here.

Chicken Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng Ayam)

Chicken fried rice.
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Nasi Goreng Ayam is Indonesian chicken fried rice that you can make in less than 30 minutes. It’s a delicious way to use up leftover rice and chicken. This simple dish uses kecap manis as one of the seasonings, packing it with flavors. Get the recipe here.

Nasi Kuning (Indonesian Yellow Rice)

Nasi Kuning.
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Nasi Kuning is Indonesian yellow rice cooked in fragrant coconut milk with turmeric. It’s a dish that people often enjoy on happy occasions and celebrations. But you can have this vibrant-looking rice dish any time. Get the recipe.

Nasi Goreng Tuna (Indonesian Tuna Fried Rice)

Tuna fried rice.
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This tuna fried rice is an easy and quick way to make a nutritious meal from simple ingredients. You get the carb from the rice and protein from the tuna, all on one plate. The best thing about this tuna fried rice is that you can have your meal in less than half an hour. Get the recipe here.

Nasi Uduk (Indonesian Rice Cooked in Coconut Milk)

Nasi Uduk.
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Nasi uduk is rice cooked in fragrant coconut milk. It is one of Jakarta’s most well-known street foods, and people often enjoy it for breakfast. Traditionally, people serve this delicious rice for happy occasions such as birthday celebrations, graduation, etc. Get the recipe here.

Chicken Katsu Bowl

Chicken katsu bowl.
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The crispy chicken katsu bowl is a take on the famous Japanese fried chicken served with a seasoned rice bowl, topped with fresh vegetables, and drizzled with fruity-tangy katsu sauce. It’s a delicious, hearty meal you can make quickly. Get the recipe here.

Teriyaki Salmon Sushi Rice Bowl

Teriyaki Salmon Sushi Rice Bowl.
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This Teriyaki Salmon Bowl with homemade teriyaki sauce is the ideal weeknight dinner option because it’s simple to make and comes together in less than 20–30 minutes. The salmon fillet can be air-fried, baked, or cooked over the stove. Then add to a bowl of cooked rice and your favorite veggies. Get the recipe here.

Lamb Pilau Rice

Lamb Pilau Rice.
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Lamb pilau rice is a savory rice dish cooked in spiced lamb stock. It’s a one-pot dish containing the rice’s comfort carbs with nutritious lamb meat protein. Get the recipe here.

Moroccan Spiced Rice

Moroccan spiced rice.
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This Moroccan Spiced Rice is a basic recipe you can adapt to the rest of your meal with various add-ins. Get the recipe here.

Maqluba (Upside Down Rice)

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Maqluba (also known as Makloubeh or Maklouba) is a traditional Middle Eastern dish made with layers of rice, vegetables, and meat. Get the recipe here.

Jordanian Mansaf

Jordanian Mansaf.
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Mansaf is a traditional Jordanian dish consisting of lamb meat, aromatic yellow rice, and a rich, tangy yogurt. It is one of Jordan’s national dishes, and people commonly serve it at family gatherings and special occasions. Get the recipe here.

Saudi Beef Kabsah

Beef Kabsah.
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Beef Kabsa is a traditional Saudi dish consisting of beef cooked with tomato sauce & different aromatic spices then combined with long-grain rice cooked in a flavorful broth. It is a national dish of Saudi Arabia served during family gatherings and momentous occasions. Get the recipe here.

Egyptian Rice with Vermicelli

Egyptian rice with vermicelli.
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This Egyptian rice recipe is a unique side dish with short-grain rice, vermicelli noodles, vegetable stock, and butter. It’s a staple in Egyptian cuisine and Middle Eastern dishes, but universally, it’s a perfect side dish for almost any main meal. Get the recipe here.

Cold Italian Rice Salad

Cold Italian Rice Salad.
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For a fresh take on salad, try a cold rice salad instead of the same old lettuce recipe. Rice and fava beans are a perfect match in this Italian recipe. The lemon vinaigrette and zest are the acidic punch that brings the dish a gourmet touch. Get the recipe here.

Lebanese Mujadara (Mujaddara)

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Mujadara (or Mujaddara) is a simple yet delicious Lebanese Recipe made with Lentils and Rice and flavored with caramelized crispy onions. This beautiful dish is inexpensive to make, full of nutrition, and gluten-free. Get the recipe here.

Avocado Plantain Rice Bowl Recipe with Edamame Beans

Avocado Plantain Rice Bowl.

This Plantain bowl recipe is the perfect meal for meatless Mondays. You will love this hearty power bowl dish filled with brown rice, edamame beans, and sweet plantains, paired with veggies on the side and topped with a lovely cilantro parsley chimichurri sauce. It’s ivory, a tad spicy, sweet, and simply delicious. Get the recipe here.

Japanese Chicken Onigiri

Chicken Onigiri.
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Chicken onigiri is an easy, delicious, and comforting food for a meal or snack. There is sweet, savory ground chicken with a hint of ginger mixed into warm Japanese rice. Onigiri means rice balls in Japanese, and it is a handy meal you can take around and enjoy, like sandwiches. Get the recipe here.

One Pot Mexican Rice Skillet

One pot Mexican rice skillet.
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This Mexican Rice Skillet Dinner is so simple (with primarily hands-off cooking time), plus we’ve had make-ahead strategies that can help you make this quick, one-pot dinner your whole family will love! Get the recipe here.

Khao Phad Goong (Thai Shrimp Fried Rice)

Thai shrimp fried rice.
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Authentic Thai shrimp fried rice (Khao Phad Goong) is a popular dish in Thai cuisine. The recipe is known for its flavorful combination of rice, shrimp, herbs, and seasonings. It’s quick and easy and ready to serve in half an hour! Get the recipe here.

Chinese Chicken Rice Soup

Chinese chicken rice soup.
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You can make this easy Chinese Chicken Rice Soup in just one pot. Nourishing and warming, it’s the perfect Asian comfort food for the colder weather of fall or winter that the whole family will love! I show you how to make it from scratch using fresh ingredients and a quicker 15-minute hack using leftovers. Get the recipe here.

Author: Devy Dar

Title: Food Writer, Recipe Developer, and Digital Content Creator.


Devy Dar founded So Yummy Recipes and Drizzling Flavor to share her love of food after exploring various cultures and cuisines for more than two decades. Her mission is to help others easily recreate traditional and non-traditional food with readily available ingredients. Her works have been featured in Reader’s Digest, Al Jazeera, MSN, Yahoo, Bon Appetit, and more. 

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