17 Favorite Side Dishes Featuring Fragrant, Fluffy Jasmine Rice
Jasmine rice is a deliciously fragrant, slightly sticky rice. This collection features everything from Southeast Asian dishes, such as coconut jasmine rice and Thai fried rice, to clever oven-baked rice sides. With these top-rated recipes, you'll discover how to cook jasmine rice perfectly with soft, fluffy grains every time.
Thai-Style Fragrant Rice
This super simple rice side dish is packed with flavor. You'll simply simmer jasmine rice with water, coconut milk, fresh ginger, soy sauce, tender lemongrass, and chopped curry leaves until the rice is tender. Fold freshly chopped basil leaves into cooked rice and serve hot.
Filipino Coconut Garlic Fried Rice (Sinangag)
In this incredibly delicious Filipino version of fried rice, chilled coconut jasmine rice is pan fried with garlic in an even layer until crispy on the bottom. You can flavor the rice with turmeric if you like. Season with a splash of fish sauce before serving.
Jasmine Rice with Bok Choy
Chinese bok choy leaves are stir-fried in butter until soft, then simmered in chicken stock with jasmine rice until the rice is tender and perfectly cooked. Season to taste with a light touch of soy sauce before serving.
Coconut Jasmine Rice
Jasmine rice is simmered in coconut milk with a touch of sugar and salt to make this fantastic rice side dish. "This is a very good rice to serve with spicy foods, says Allrecipes Allstar Buckwheat Queen. "The coconut flavor is not too overpowering. I will definitely be making this again!"
Jeera (Cumin) Rice
This is a very versatile jasmine rice dish that pairs well with lots of Indian curries. Other variations involve adding sauteed onion, ginger, whole black peppercorns, cloves, or a cinnamon stick. "Nice subtle twist to plain rice," says reviewer LILYP. "I used powdered cumin and cooked it in a rice cooker."
Poblano peppers are softened in butter, then simmered in a rich stock with jasmine rice in this 5 star side dish. "Quick and easy version that adds flavor and texture to jasmine rice," says home cook Jody Kronvall. "The poblanos add flavor without adding heat!"
Mango Ginger Rice
This fragrant jasmine rice recipe features dried mango for a touch of sweetness and fresh ginger for a subtle kick of spice. Serve topped with green onions and cilantro alongside grilled fish for a super easy summer meal.
A straightforward pilaf recipe made with jasmine rice and garden peas. "Perfect!" says home cook naples34102. "I needed a simple rice, something beyond just basic cooked rice, but nothing that would detract from the main dish. This was exactly what I wanted. Just enough flavor from the onion and the bay leaf!"
The Very Best Confetti Rice
Add a burst of color and flavor to jasmine rice with this dish that's simply delicious as a side to roast chicken or turkey. It's jam-packed with juicy cranberries, orange zest, almonds, and green onions.
Oven Baked Rice
Let your oven do all the work with this easy baked jasmine rice recipe. "Thanks for the awesome technique for making rice!" says Allrecipes Allstar France C. "I love rice, especially jasmine and basmati, but can never get it just right on the stove. This is perfect!"
Thai Fried Rice
This recipe is a great way to use up leftover or cooked jasmine rice in a dish that comes together in a flash for a family-friendly dinner! If you are feeding a crowd, you could serve a fried egg on top of each portion of rice!
Jamaican Rice and Peas
A super quick version of the classic Jamaican side dish made with jasmine rice, canned kidney beans, coconut milk, and a kick of chili pepper. Perfect for serving alongside any Caribbean-style chili or curry to soak up the sauce.
Golden Rice Cakes with Sweet Potato-Ginger Sauce
Golden pan-fried savory cakes made with jasmine rice, carrot, and bell pepper. Crunchy on the outside, yet moist and tender inside, these rice cakes are so tasty served warm with a smooth sweet potato, coconut milk, and ginger sauce.
Tammy's Turmeric Rice
This pretty yellow jasmine rice side dish flavored with turmeric, garden peas, shredded carrots, garlic and cayenne will brighten up any meal! Garnish with sunflower seeds for some crunch.
Garlic Chicken Fragrant Rice On a Budget
This recipe uses a rice cooker to make fragrant garlic rice flavored with green onion and ginger. Serve the rice as a side dish or add chicken thighs which will steam alongside the rice for a filling complete meal.
Apple Almond Rice
This rich, buttery jasmine rice side dish gets a burst of sweetness from apple, cinnamon, and raisins, as well as added crunch from slivered almonds. It's the perfect accompaniment to pork chops!
Instant Pot® Vegan Rice Pudding
Combine jasmine rice, almond milk, sugar, and salt in a multi-functional pressure cooker for a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free rice pudding. Serve warm with grated dark chocolate and a dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg for extra comfort!