30 Super Easy Rice Bowl Recipes
Cut down on time in the kitchen with one of our favorite rice bowl recipes. Whether you're in the mood for an Asian-inspired dinner (like this Korean-Style Pork and Rice) or want to feel like a New Orleans native (may we recommend this Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice?), we've got you covered.
One-Pot Salmon with Snap Peas and Rice
This super easy rice bowl comes together in just under 30 minutes. The best part? It only requires one pot, so cleaning up after dinner is a cinch.
Simple Rice And Beans
Our easiest rice and beans recipe of all time calls for only six ingredients. When you're looking to simplify you're weeknight dinner, you know where to look.
Cuban Black Bean-and-Yellow Rice Bowls
Don’t think you can get a filling, flavorful meal in just one bowl? We’re here to prove you wrong. Brighten up dinnertime with this colorful, customizable meal. Start with bowls filled with yellow rice, black beans, and plantains, and then let everyone add their favorite toppings.
Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice
The classic Creole dish, updated so you can make it in a quarter of the time thanks to the Instant Pot.
Creamy Rice with Scallops
This recipe is impressive enough for company but easy enough for a weeknight. Smoky, salty bacon tastes delicious with naturally sweet foods like corn and scallops. Here, we combined all three ingredients in this sophisticated risotto-like dish made with Arborio rice.
Single Serving Shrimp Fried Rice
Cooking for one doesn’t have to be boring or a hassle. This easy and delicious dinner comes together in one pan and in less time than it takes to go through a drive-thru.
Coriander Chicken and Rice
This dish is inspired by the savory street cart chicken and rice whose fragrance will lure you over from a block away. Though you can enjoy this lunch at room temperature, it tastes best reheated. Rest assured, the food holds up beautifully.
Spiced Tilapia with Coconut Rice
Two pantry staples—black pepper and turmeric—team up to fight inflammation and add bold flavor to this fast-fix tilapia. Dressing up microwave rice with coconut milk is a smart kitchen hack you’ll turn to again and again.
Mango Sticky Rice with Coconut-Lime Sauce
Mango sticky rice is a sweet, creamy, and tangy dessert that's popular street fare in Thailand. Luckily, you won’t have to cross the Pacific to enjoy this Thai treat—we’ve devised an easy way to make sticky rice with mango at home. Find sticky rice, also called Thai sweet rice or glutinous rice, at Asian markets.
Collard Green Creole Dirty Rice
In this recipe, collard greens are paired with rice, another favorite Southern ingredient, to create a savory and flavorful dish hearty enough to be served as a main entrée. This dirty rice gets its flavoring from chicken sausage, paprika, cayenne pepper, and even a poblano chile. Just add a serving of hot cornbread.
Red Beans and Rice
If you want stick-to-your-ribs fare, this dish is it: The beans and brown rice deliver complex carbohydrates and protein, both of which take longer to digest. We love the smoky heat of andouille sausage, but regular smoked turkey sausage links or hot Italian sausage also work.
Sheet Pan Shrimp and Vegetables with Rice
Roasted lemon, garlic, and thyme give this shrimp dinner a heavenly taste and aroma; cooking it on one baking sheet makes assembly and cleanup a breeze.
Jalapeño-Glazed Pork Chops and Rice
Skillet Red Beans and Rice
Look for trinity blend (a mix of onion, bell pepper, and celery) with the prepared produce. Or make your own with 3/4 cup onion, 3/4 cup celery, and 1/2 cup bell pepper.
Cajun Red Beans and Brown Rice with Andouille
This easy, budget-friendly dish delivers classic Cajun flavor with a modern whole-grain (brown rice) twist. We find that soaking the beans overnight yields the best texture, but if you forget, the quick-soak method will work: Bring beans and water to cover by 3 inches to a boil; remove from heat, and let stand, covered, for 1 hour.
Korean-Style Pork and Rice
Gochujang is a spicy, deeply savory sauce made from Korean chiles, fermented soybeans, and salt. It adds a mild heat to the finished dish so kids can still enjoy. Use the sauce as a marinade or baste for grilled meats, a dipping sauce for kebabs, or a stir-in for sandwich spreads.
Duck Confit Dirty Rice
Go next-generation with this Acadian classic by getting “dirty” with shards of prepared duck confit in place of sausage or ground meat.
Steak and Peppers with Rice
This filling and savory steak and rice has the all of the hands-off ease of a slow cooker recipe, but with tons of flavor and texture. The meat and peppers slowly simmer and caramelize with beef stock, soy sauce, and tomato paste in your slow cooker, creating a deep and rich sauce.
Lemon Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl
Chicken, broccolini and rice: What more could you ask for? Our top-rated Asian chicken bowl is flavorful, healthy and comes together quickly for busy weeknights. Pro tip: Double the soy sauce mixture for added flavor.
Shrimp Fajita Bowls
Freezing the shrimp, onions, peppers, and seasonings in the same ziplock bag not only makes this fajita dish come together faster, it also acts as a marinade, intensifying the flavor. To maximize freezer space, lay the prepared bags flat in a single layer in the freezer; when frozen, stack bags to save room.
Chicken and Broccoli Rice Bowl
The whole family will love this cheesy chicken and broccoli rice dish. Don't leave out the almonds—they add flavor and crunch to this one-dish meal. Serve with cremini mushrooms sauteed in butter and white wine and seasoned with fresh thyme.
Tuna-and-Watermelon Poke Bowls
This poke bowl is super delicious and flavorful, complete with umami-soy saltiness and citrus notes. Poke should only be made with sushi-grade tuna, which you can find at specialty stores like Whole Foods or your local fishmonger. If you can’t find yellow watermelon, use cantaloupe—that ingredient’s more about color contrast.
Easy Greek Salmon Bowls
Heart-hero salmon teams up with protein- and fiber-forward quinoa to fill you up; spinach delivers a hit of iron, while green beans and cucumber up the veggie count. Great warm or at room temperature, this also makes a standout packed lunch.
Fall Veggie Bowls with Charred Avocado
Packed with whole grains, plant-based protein, and a bounty of fall veggies and fruit, this nutritional knockout is a fresh take on Meatless Monday. Pick up precooked beets and preshredded butternut squash to save big on prep time.
Instant Pot Adobo Pork Bowl
This flavorful sauce is perfectly rich and delicious, while of ginger and lime make this dish stand out. To save time, you could marinate the pork mixture overnight—it will only make the meal better.
Korean Stir-Fried Beef Bowl
This salty-sweet stir-fry offers a delightful balance of flavor and textures. Cooking the beef in batches allows it to brown properly (if it is too crowded in the pan, there will be excessive moisture that causes the beef to steam—preventing a good sear from being possible), contributing even more robust flavor to the dish.
Lemon Chicken Citrus Bowls
Bowl meals build texture and flavor with layers of nutritious ingredients. Since there’s no center stage in a bowl, a small portion of meat travels far, putting more emphasis on the vegetables and whole grains. The avocado sauce pulls it all together with irresistible creaminess.
Charred corn, seasoned black beans, creamy avocado, tangy pico de gallo, cilantro-lime rice--every bite of this burrito in a bowl is a delicious surprise.
Charred Shrimp and Okra Bowl
This dish keeps the classic elements of gumbo but with a fresh identity. Traditional? No. Completely delicious? Yes!
Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Bowl
Bone-in chicken thighs are pan-seared before being basted with sticky-sweet sauce and slow cooked to fork-tender perfection. Sear the chicken thighs in batches to avoid over-crowding the pan and hindering browning. The real magic in this dish lies within the sauce, which masters the balance of savory and sweet.