This was the Greek lemon rice that I grew up on. It's simple and flavorful. I hope you all enjoy it.


Recipe Summary

5 mins
40 mins
10 mins
55 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Melt butter in a pot over low heat. Pour in rice and stir to coat in butter. Let simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, until toasted but not burnt, about 10 minutes.

  • Pour chicken broth, lemon juice, salt, and bay leaves into rice mixture. Bring to a rapid boil; continue to boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Nutrition Facts

156 calories; protein 3g; carbohydrates 25.7g; fat 4.4g; cholesterol 12mg; sodium 579.6mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
This is one addicting and flavorful rice. I followed the recipe as written and it's perfect. Thanks BlutoNYC! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I've actually made variations of this very recipe for years. My favorite variations (though this original is my go-to as well): Using canola oil instead of butter (since it's at the start I like canola better than olive oil since it seems to fade into the background better). Adding dried herbs with the broth (I like rosemary and thyme or just oregano with the lemon). Adding garlic to or swapping it with the onion. Deglazing with white wine before the broth and in place of the lemon juice. For me any of these makes this dish almost enough for a midday meal (you could even add in shredded or chopped up chicken to really fill it out) and I almost never cook rice any other way (to turn it into a more subtle side dish replace 1/3 to 1/2 the broth with water). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Cant get over how good this rice tastes! I would make it by itself and eat a whole bowl Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So good and yet so simple! I will definitely do this again, thank you so much for sharing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Loved it! Will make again and again! Read More
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You don’t need to change a thing about this recipe. I have never cared for rice before, this recipe changed that! Amazing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
An excellent recipe! I am looking forward to trying it as an accompaniment with other dishes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is awesome! Love this rice! I’m not sure I’ll ever make rice differently. We coupled this with the Habichuelas Guisadas and the Cuban Marinated Steak which are also on this site. A magical combination! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Perfect thank you! Read More