Rice Main Dish Recipes

Rice is a great grain to build a main dish around -- think fried rice, red beans and rice, or risotto. Try one of 400+ trusted main dish rice recipes for your next dinner.

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 179
This dish combines the nutty flavor of brown rice with the fresh taste of bell peppers, baby peas, and other vegetables.
By dakota kelly

Lemon Asparagus Risotto

Rating: 4.5 stars 171
Lower in fat than most risotto recipes but no one will know! I like to serve this as a main dish under some steamed halibut or other white fish.

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 1340
Andouille stars in this authentic red beans and rice recipe.

Island-Style Fried Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 192
Everyone in Hawaii has their own version of fried rice. This is my own version of fried rice that the locals ate in Hawaii.

Dirty, Dirty Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
Believe it or not, the first place I ever had dirty rice was at Popeyes®. They were out of the red beans and rice. I'd never been a huge fan of liver before, but not only have I come to love dirty rice, I've also started to crave it with even more "dirt," i.e. more liver, pork, and aromatic vegetables, hence this redundantly named dish. While the traditional method cooks the rice first before "soiling" it, here we add all the "filth" at the beginning and cook it into the rice.

Risotto alla Milanese

Rating: 4.5 stars 50
Typical Italian risotto as the tradition of my city wants it. Directly from Milano I send you this wonderful recipe!
By Manuela

Nigerian Jollof Rice with Chicken and Fried Plantains

Rating: 5 stars 5
This traditional Nigerian dish brings out the best possible flavor of rice and chicken. Chicken is first sauteed on the stove top to produce a wonderful aromatic base for the rice. For an extra special and authentic touch, serve jollof rice with fried plantains.
By Allrecipes Member

Fried Rice Restaurant Style

Rating: 4.5 stars 1629
A quick fried rice like you get at your favorite Chinese restaurant. A couple of eggs, baby carrots, peas and soy sauce is all you need.
By jostrander

Roasted Chicken with Risotto and Caramelized Onions

Rating: 4 stars 498
Moist roasted chicken gets the royal treatment with caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar and creamy risotto. You may choose to roast your own chicken or purchase a rotisserie chicken from a grocery store. A little grated cheese such as Parmesan or Pecorino Romano before serving is also a nice touch.
By Michele O'Sullivan

Easy Korean Ground Beef Bowl

Rating: 4.5 stars 507
Korean beef bowls are quick and easy to make. The ingredients can easily be adjusted to suit your taste. Serve over warm rice or spiralized vegetables.

Mexican Rice and Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
Spicy, delicious Mexican rice and beans.

Quick Pork Fried Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 177
A few leftovers and bits from the fridge turn into a great dinner in less than 45 minutes! If I have a leftover grilled pork chop or the tail of a roast, I freeze it until I have enough for this dish. You can also use chicken and substitute some of the veggies for bits you are cleaning up from the fridge. Serve with sweet Thai chili sauce on the side.
By Carrie Elizabeth

Inspiration and Ideas

Shrimp Fried Rice
Rating: Unrated 535
"The real shrimp fried rice, restaurant-style. This is how I used to cook fried rice when my father owned a restaurant." – OKBAT
Quick and Easy Paella
Rating: Unrated 151
"The use of shrimp stock from the skins I think was the most important thing and a technique I'm happy to add to repertoire." -- im1dermike
Gourmet Mushroom Risotto
Rating: 5 stars 3421

Authentic Italian-style mushroom risotto goes with any main course.