Lemon Rice Recipe
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Lemon Rice Recipe

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This easy recipe pleasantly proves you can dress up regular rice with a few simple additions. Best of all, it can simmer while you're preparing the rest of the meal. These delicately lemon-flavored grains go nicely with fish.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 192 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water, broth, lemon juice and butter to a boil. Stir in rice, basil and lemon peel. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Before serving, sprinkle with lemon-pepper. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Rice in Taste of Home Meals in Minutes Calendar Annual 1997, p3

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JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 243208
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"Huge hit with the whole family. Definitely going into the regular menu rotation, and I'm also going to try it with orange juice/zest and the Taste of Home Great Flavors Orange Pineapple Pepper."

crazy4sushi User ID: 5824124 242689
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"The rice gets it's flavor from the lemon pepper more than anything. Had no lemon flavor until I added the lemon pepper"

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 241910
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"This recipe was easy to prepare and we enjoyed the light lemon flavor. I served it with a roasted lemon chicken, which paired nicely."

rj13 User ID: 6243620 223801
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2015

"This was quite tasty, though the lemon flavor was a bit too strong. I made a few adjustments and when I make it again I'll adjust a bit more. Instead of butter I used olive oil (1.5 tsp is the equivalent amount). I didn't have long grain rice, I had jasmine, so I used that. My husband doesn't care for the taste of basil so I used a couple shakes of Italian seasoning instead. I just used bottled lemon juice so I didn't use the grated peel (and next time I'll use just 1 Tbsp of juice instead of 2). Lastly, instead of measuring out the lemon pepper, I just added a few shakes. I followed the cooking directions and experienced no problems. The rice came out fluffy."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 214632
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Pretty good. I wanted something with a bit more flavor than just plain rice for dinner. I liked this recipe, but I felt like it was still a little bland. Added some seasoning that had salt, garlic powder and pepper which gave it a lot more flavor."

Mikey0411 User ID: 7369448 49744
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"I cook everything with brown rice (because it's healthier) and this did NOT work. I ended up adding almost four times the amount of liquid and had it on the stove for 90 minutes and the rice still wasn't cooked. Flavors were good (but diluted) so it would probably be yummy with white, but I do not recommend making with brown."

JanB. User ID: 7349763 202419
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"I made Lemon Rice this evening with a lime and bacon grilled white fish. It was wonderful! The mild lemon flavor was exactly what was needed to go with this meal. My husband really enjoyed it. This was very easy to make, but would be a meal that I would serve for dinner guests! Thank you for this recipe:)"

dieter's mom User ID: 3847129 48253
Reviewed May. 8, 2013

"We love this recipe. I have never used the lemon peel even though I've made the recipe several times. I've even used the leftover cold rice to make pork fried rice. The lemon flavor is subtle but still perks up the dish."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 24558
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2012

"I made this once before without the grated lemon peel, and it was good. But lemon peel kicks the flavor up dramatically. It went so well with my crab cakes."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 43879
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"I agree with the other reviewers that this rice dish has good flavor. I used brown rice and almost doubled the water and cooking time."

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