15 Best Recipes That Start with Instant Rice
Keep a box of instant rice in the cupboard and quick-and-easy dinners are always within reach. We've gathered together a collection of some of our most popular dinners featuring instant rice. Lots of variety here, with many recipes calling for other pantry items that you likely have on hand. We have lots of one-dish meals, beef stews, quick casseroles, meatballs, rice bowls, and much more. Enjoy!
Pork, Black Bean, and Rice Casserole
"I made this with items in my pantry and it is filling and delicious," says Yoly. "Hubby and I go grocery shopping only once a week because of the stay-at-home order due to the Coronavirus. We got lucky and found a 25-pound pork shoulder roast for $0.59 per pound! Though it's only the 2 of us at home, we could not pass up such a great bargain. We cut the roast up into 2-pound chunks and individually vacuum packed them with our FoodSaver."
Kristi's Special Fried Rice
"This is a recipe that I came up with by combining things that I like to taste in my rice," says kjenks. "The cilantro really kicks up the taste for me. I will add stir fried shrimp and/or chicken if I want to just make the rice the whole meal. If you are using meat, stir-fry it first and sit it to the side."
Porcupine Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
This simple recipe is ready in 45 minutes. "My dad created this recipe in college. And has been a family favorite ever since!" says Publicsafetydan. "For added flavor, add seasoning salt to beef, or use bison."
Rio Grande Especial
This flavorful ground beef and rice mixture makes a great filling for tacos, burritos, and taco salads. "I serve this as a build-your-own taco salad meal," says Kim Grant. "Start with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, shredded cheddar, and crushed tostada chips. Top off with the piping hot meat mixture, kinda toss together, and enjoy!"
Mary's Pork Chops
"This is a one-pot dish that's very simple and extremely tasty," says Helen. "You could substitute chicken for the pork, or use orzo pasta instead of rice. It can also be made ahead and frozen for the days when you don't want to cook."
Sausage and Rice Stuffed Peppers
"Stuffed green peppers with rice and sausage in cheesy tomato sauce," says NANCIENANCIE. "Tomato soup is used instead of tomato sauce. Very, very good."
Chicken Cacciatore with Rice
Here's a quick-and-easy, one-pot chicken cacciatore with instant rice and an aromatic mixture of vegetables and seasonings. "What an easy and delicious recipe!" raves Kim. "5 stars for simplicity alone!"
Easy Chicken Quesadillas
Chicken and black bean quesadillas are an easy weeknight dinner filled with instant rice and Mexican cheese. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
Coconut Curried Rice with Cashews
Curried rice and cashews simmer in coconut water for a flavorful, Asian-inspired meal that's ready in about 20 minutes. "This aromatic rice is full of flavor, with just the right amount of spices!" says bd.weld. " I used Uncle Ben's Basmati rice so the cooking time was closer to 10 minutes."
Mexican Turkey and Rice Bowl
These Mexican-inspired bowls feature seasoned ground turkey and rice, beans, peppers, and tomatoes. "This meal is so delicious! It's super simple to make and doesn't take long at all," says Leah Minnucci. "Whip it up for a family dinner or your meal prep for the week."
Easy Southwestern Chicken
This simple Southwest skillet dish is super pantry friendly! It's made with instant rice, diced tomatoes with green chiles, corn, and black beans. "Easy is an understatement," says AmishMachinist. "This recipe made a simple and filling dinner that the whole family enjoyed. The spices bring just the right amount of heat!"
Salsafied Chicken and Rice
This one-skillet supper features instant rice, chicken, and salsa topped with melted Cheddar. "Simple quick and delicious! Everything in one pan for easy clean-up which was a plus," says Jillian. "I did season the chicken with Taco Seasoning II before browning the chicken."
Easy Hoppin' John
This simplified version of Hoppin' John uses canned peas and instant rice. It's ready in less than an hour. "I make this all the time not just for New Years Day," says grammie. "I also add a can of diced tomatoes with chilis and I use long grain rice."
Beef Stew I
The prep takes almost no time. You'll want to let this beefy stew simmer slowly on the stovetop to develop flavors. "Great recipe," says material_girl. "I didn't change a thing about it. I found it very easy and very tasty."
Easy Baked Fish
In this one-dish dinner, sole filets and sliced tomatoes bake on a bed of fluffy, flavorful instant rice with onions, bell peppers, and peas. "This is my hubby's Favorite Fish Dish!" says Cyndie. "We never get tired of it!! And since there are only 2 of us , I have to store the second half of this EASY meal before we have even eaten because ...it will just disappear somehow."