From New Orleans to Thailand, every place has a way of serving rice that is wildly unique. This grain is a blank slate that can effortlessly transform into a delicious dessert, salad, main course or complementary side with just a bit of creativity and the right recipe. Below, we’ve collected 11 of these right rice recipes, varying from a scrumptious curried rice salad to an unforgettable cherry almond brown rice pudding.
This curried rice salad has a variety of vegetables and spices to give it a fresh and layered taste. Having a party? Make this dish the night before for optimal flavor and to ensure a stress-free prep day.
This fried rice recipe has both Asian and Southern flares thanks to the addition of rich, savory bacon. Be sure to prepare ahead of time because the rice must cool for at least 30 minutes or overnight before it can be used in this flavorful rice dish.
Taking cues from Mediterranean cuisine’s simplicity, this dish is a quick, fresh meal featuring garbanzo beans, bell peppers and feta cheese.
Spice up your side dishes with this wintery rice recipe. Its unique citrus zing pairs wonderfully with chicken.
Everyone knows rice is a stellar side and main—but it also can lend a quite fantastic flavor to dessert. This warm pudding staring dried cherries and toasted almonds has a surprisingly velvety texture.
This rice dish is a New Orleans staple often served during Mardi Gras. Filled with all the spice and heat one might expect from Louisiana cuisine, this rice is far from mundane.
Rice, mango and coconut are staple ingredients in Thai dishes. This sweet recipe combines all three.
This basic brown rice recipe is all about perfecting your rice-making techniques.
Paella is a traditionally Spanish dish cooked with seafood or chicken and spiked with saffron. For this simple variation, you will need an oven-safe skillet.
This simple chicken and rice soup is sure to satisfy in the cold winter months or during the dreaded flu season. It is easy to make, but requires several hours of simmering to achieve that complex flavor.
This family-friendly, one-dish dinner recipe can be whipped up in under 30 minutes—making it ideal for busy weeknights.