Grain Side Dish Recipes

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Green Rice with Green Chiles

Rating: 4.56 stars
Rice cooked with green chiles, cilantro, and tomatillos. Goes great with fajitas.

Spicy Quinoa and Spinach Pulao (Pilaf)

Rating: 4 stars
This spicy quinoa pulao with Indian flavors is made with quinoa rather than rice for added protein!

Spanish Farro

Rating: 4.31 stars
I learned how to make Spanish rice at a Mexican restaurant where I worked part-time years ago. Here, we're substituting the 'ancient' grain of farro for the rice, and I think it's even easier to cook perfectly than rice.

Buckwheat Cereal with Mushrooms and Onions

Rating: 4.5 stars
Buckwheat is a healthy side dish containing all 9 of the essential amino acids. It's very popular in Europe. Buckwheat is gluten free, as it's not a grain. This recipe is not as quick as a plain basic way to cook buckwheat, but it's so worth it and smells and tastes so good. Serve hot with a small piece of butter on top.

Gourmet Wasabi Grits

Rating: 4.5 stars
My budding gourmet chef husband invented this one morning as a perfect side to his wonderful Lump Crab Meat Swiss Cheese Omelets! Can't wait to serve it to dinner guests with a nice piece of Marinated Steel Head Salmon and steamed Asparagus!

Barley Risotto Primavera

Rating: 4.6 stars
Easy to make and bursting with flavor, this risotto uses barley instead of rice for an extra nutritional punch. This is a hearty and filling meat-free alternative to the usual skillet meals.

Rhubarb Wild Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.67 stars
A new way to use rhubarb, it plays off the nutty flavor of wild rice. This makes an attractive, unexpected side for fish or poultry. It has become a requested holiday dish in our family.

Southern Grits Casserole

Rating: 4.51 stars
If you're from the South you will definitely love this recipe, which includes grits, eggs, sausage, and cheese. When I cook it, I place it in the slow cooker to stay warm. There is nothing worse than cold grits.

Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Rating: 4.67 stars
Easy and delicious creamy polenta. Makes a great side, appetizer, or base for a hearty stew.

Charleston Red Rice

Rating: 4.25 stars
Yummy, and easy to make.

Instant Pot® Brown Rice

Rating: 4.25 stars
I haven't cooked rice on the stove since buying my electric pressure cooker! It's so easy and you can vary it up however you like; add spices or seasonings before cooking or fold in nuts and dried fruit after cooking.

Asian Coconut Rice

Rating: 4.37 stars
I tried so many different ways to duplicate my favorite restaurant's coconut rice after they went out of business. This one is perfect! Garnish with toasted coconut and chopped cilantro if you like.

Inspiration and Ideas

Farro Salad with Asparagus and Parmesan
Rating: Unrated
"Perfect side dish—we served it with grilled chicken. Oh, and it makes a ton, so I have plenty to bring for lunches during the week." – Doughgirl8
Curried Quinoa
Rating: Unrated
"Loved this recipe! Made it in the rice cooker." – Brant Caissie

Southern Stir-Fry

Who says stir-fry has to be Asian? Enjoy this zesty blend of rice, corn, black-eyed peas, and spinach.