Lemon Garlic Rosemary Rice

Lemon Garlic Rosemary Rice is an all-around amazing side dish! Rather than serving plain white rice, change it up with this fresh, flavorful, easy to prepare rice! Use this recipe as a side dish to baked chicken, salmon, beef, or even use it for your burrito bowls!

Lemon Rosemary Rice - an easy, zesty rice recipe that tastes absolutely amazing! Goes great alongside almost any main entree

Ever feel like you want a simple refreshing side dish to go alongside your weekly staples? WELL. This. Just. In.

I consume a lot of rice. We’re talking a lot. While I’m a huge fan of plain jane steamed brown rice or white rice, I’ve gotten creative over the years to change things up.

Just take for instance my Spanish Rice, Rice Pilaf, Pineapple Fried Rice, Basil Fried Rice, and more! There’s no end to the magnificence of the rice!

For this rendition, we’re going zesty and herby with lemon and rosemary. The two work great together, and the addition of ghee, onion, and garlic really infuses rice with such comforting flavor!

Pair this with anything! I brought it to a family dinner where the main dish was ribs, so you know it is versatile.

Zesty Buttery Lemon Rosemary Rice with sauteed onion and garlic is a flavorful side dish for any meal

Ingredients for Lemon Garlic Rosemary White Rice:

Long-Grain White Rice: I like using organic white rice, and I soak it for at least 1 hour (often overnight) prior to cooking. This ensures the rice cooks to a nice fluffy consistency and also removes some of the arsenic.

Yellow Onion & Garlic: Sauteed onion and garlic provide amazing flavor in this rice! You only need to saute them for a couple of minutes to unleash some mega flavor. The flavor cooks into the rice, creating a magical, flavorful dish.

If you’re a mega fan of garlic, consider roasting a whole bulb of garlic and chopping up ½ of the cloves (or all of the cloves) and adding them to the rice.

Avocado oil and ghee (or butter): We use avocado oil and ghee to saute the onion and garlic and add nice rich flavor to the rice. You can swap the ghee out for butter if you prefer.

Dried Rosemary: Rosemary and rice go great together! Rosemary provides a nice rustic herby essence, which pairs beautifully with any rustic chicken, beef or seafood main dish. You can also use fresh rosemary, but I use dried because I always have it on hand.

Lemon Zest: Lemon zest goes a long way in this dish! You only need the zest of 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon worth), and no lemon juice. I find lemon juice is a bit too much as I go for a very subtle zesty flavor, but you can add in lemon juice (I’d start with 1 tablespoon and go from there) if you’re so inclined.

Optional Add-Ins

  • Dried oregano and parsley. Huge fan of herbs? Add in more dried herbs like oregano and/or parsley!
  • White Wine: You can also add ¼ cup white wine. If you do so, add it at the same time you add the water, reducing the water by ¼ cup. Also add a small amount of pure maple syrup, honey, or sugar to offset the zing.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Cheese lover? Stir in 1 cup of grated parmesan, gouda, or gruyere cheese to really make this recipe POP!

Buttery Lemon Garlic Rosemary Rice with onion and dried herbs

How to Make Lemon Rosemary Rice:

Place rice in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Allow rice to soak at least 15 minutes, preferably an hour (up to overnight). When you’re ready to cook, drain the water from the rice.

Heat the avocado oil and ghee in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to sweat, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Pour in the rice and continue sauteeing, stirring constantly, until rice barely begins to brown, about 3 minutes.

Add in the remaining ingredients, cover, and bring to a full boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until rice has cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove rice from the heat and remove the cover. Fluff rice with a fork, then replace the cover and allow it to sit another 5 to 10 minutes undisturbed.

Serve alongside your favorite main entrée.

Zesty Lemon Garlic Rosemary Rice and Chicken Marsala

Note: this makes a pretty sizable batch of rice – it should comfortably feed 6 to 10 adults. If you are serving fewer people and don’t want leftovers, simply halve the recipe.

Main Entrée Suggestions:

May all the rice be with you.

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Zesty Buttery Lemon Rosemary Rice with sauteed onion and garlic is a flavorful side dish for any meal

Lemon Garlic Rosemary Rice

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic, lemon, rosemary, white rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Julia

Lemon Garlic Rosemary Rice with butter and onion is a flavorful unique side dish for any main entree.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups white rice soaked
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp ghee or butter
  • 1 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 1/2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary

Instructions

  1. Place rice in a large bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Allow rice to soak at least 15 minutes, preferably an hour (up to overnight). When you’re ready to cook, drain the water from the rice.

  2. Heat the avocado oil and ghee in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to sweat, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Pour in the rice and continue sauteeing, stirring constantly, until rice barely begins to brown, about 3 minutes.

  4. Add in the remaining ingredients, cover, and bring to a full boil.

  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until rice has cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes.

  6. Remove rice from the heat and remove the cover. Fluff rice with a fork, then replace the cover and allow it to sit another 5 to 10 minutes undisturbed.

  7. Serve alongside your favorite main entrée.

Lemon Garlic Rosemary Rice is an all-around amazing side dish! Rather than serving plain white rice, change it up with this fresh, flavorful, easy to prepare rice! Use this recipe as a side dish to baked chicken, salmon, beef, or even use it for your burrito bowls!

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