5 Worldwide Rice Dishes

Jazz up this pantry staple with 5 fresh ways to prepare rice.

  • Paella Valencia

    Paella Valencia

    Paella, which originally hails from the Valencia region of Spain, is traditionally served with rabbit, chicken, and Arborio rice. Our version features shrimp, chorizo sausage, chicken thighs, and mussels. No matter which meat or seafood you use, however, the beautiful saffron color and savory flavors make this a popular choice for entertaining.
  • Shrimp Fried Rice

    Shrimp Fried Rice

    Fried rice, a Chinese takeout favorite, is incredibly easy to make at home. You'll need to use chilled long-grain rice, which makes this dish a great way to use up leftovers, too.
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    Rita Maas

    Classic Jamaican Rice and Peas

    This classic Jamaican dish is a great accompaniment to jerk chicken, or can stand alone as a light supper. The "peas" are really red kidney beans cooked down in coconut milk, and add tons of protein and fiber to the meal.
  • Coconut Rice with Spicy Tomato Sauce (Nasi Lemak with Sambal Tomat)
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Coconut Rice with Spicy Tomato Sauce (Nasi Lemak with Sambal Tomat)

    Coconut rice is popular throughout Southeast Asia. "Sambal" means "sauce" in Malay, and this spicy tomato condiment is great with rich, sweet rice. Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.
  • Chicken and Rice Casserole with Spinach and Shiitakes
    Charles E. Walton IV

    Chicken and Rice Casserole with Spinach and Shiitakes

    There's nothing more American than a casserole! In this version, the classic combination of chicken and rice is brightened with fresh spinach and a variety of mushrooms for a perfect family supper.
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