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Lemon Rice

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


  • 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 zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning


  • In a medium saucepan, bring water, broth, lemon juice and butter to a boil. Stir in rice, basil and lemon zest. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Before serving, sprinkle with lemon-pepper.

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  • JMartinelli13
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
    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
    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
    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
    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.