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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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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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