What To Serve With White Rice

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Here are 35+ delicious dishes to serve with White Rice! Alright, let’s talk about white rice – the unsung hero of so many meals. My Famous Butter Rice is the most buttery, delicious rice dish you’ve ever had and it’s the best way to make it in my opinion. Whether you’re craving a cozy dinner or planning a feast fit for a crowd, knowing what goes best with white rice can take your meal from ‘meh’ to ‘wow.’ Get ready to dive into a world of flavor combos that’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance!

Butter rice: perfectly cooked grains of rice infused with the richness of butter, and the savory goodness of chicken broth (or vegetable broth) each bite a delicate balance of comforting flavors. This simple yet heavenly dish takes the humble rice to a whole new level. Whether served alongside a flavorful curry or enjoyed as a standalone delight, butter rice is a celebration of simplicity and taste that never fails to satisfy.

No rice cooker? No problem! You can make this recipe with a large saucepan!

If you are using white rice this Butter Rice Recipe can stay good for up to 6 days in the fridge and up to 6 months in the freezer. (Make sure to keep in an airtight container in the fridge.) Alternatively, if you are using brown rice for this recipe, it will last up to 5 days in the fridge and 2 months in the freezer. Which makes this the perfect recipe for meal prepping or a weeknight dinner! Leftover rice is also great for fried rice, so if you love the takeout classic save your leftovers for later!

Another great way to use plain rice is to make a rice dish! Whether it’s rice pilaf, fried rice or rice casserole there are so many ways to incorporate your plain old rice. If you’re looking for something sweet, you should try rice pudding as a dessert!

What To Serve With White Rice (35+ Amazing Dishes)

Air Fryer Chicken Skewers: These Garlic, Honey Parmesan Air Fryer Chicken Skewers are ready in less than 20 minutes, thanks to the handy air fryer – aka the best appliance ever! 

Air Fryer Chicken Skewers

Burrito Bowls: A fiesta of flavors where all the goodness of a burrito—beans, rice, salsa, and more—collides in a bowl for a delicious, customizable feast.

Burrito Bowls

Rice bowls: In addition to Mexican, fluffy white rice plays host to all sorts of tasty toppings—think savory, sweet, or spicy—that come together for a seriously satisfying meal in every spoonful. This is a fantastic way of getting some protein and veggies in with some tasty rice!

Honey BBQ Chicken: Honey BBQ Chicken is made with my homemade Honey BBQ sauce and tender boneless skinless chicken thighs. So easy to do on the grill, oven, cast iron skillet…or even the air fryer!

Honey BBQ Chicken on a serving plate

Orange Chicken: Move over take out menus, this homemade Orange Chicken is here and couldn’t be more flavorful and easy to make. Top with some sesame seeds and green onions, and serve with some perfect white rice!

orange chicken on white rice

Tuscan Chicken: Sometimes called “Marry Me Chicken” (because it’s that good!), my Tuscan Chicken recipe uses thin chicken breasts, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, basil, parmesan cheese and a creamy sauce that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds.

tuscan-chicken in pan with wooden spoon

French Onion Chicken: If you’ve never tried a French Onion Chicken recipe before, buckle up. This is the juiciest, most flavorful chicken topped with melty gruyere cheese and smothered with caramelized onions.

scooping out a chicken breast with melted cheese on top of it

Smoked Chicken Wings: The deep wood flavor you get from low and slow smoking is far superior to those heavily breaded deep fried wings you get in a restaurant. If you don’t yet have a smoker, I’ll shed a single tear for you but please be sure to try my Crockpot Chicken Wings Recipe.

Smoked Chicken Wings on Platter

Chicken Piccata: Chicken Piccata is browned chicken topped with a delicious sauce made from butter, lemon juice, capers, chicken stock, and wine. It’s simply amazing and ready in 20 minutes! Mix some fresh herbs with your rice for some extra flavor to make this the perfect rice dish.

Chicken Piccata

Roast Chicken: The Best Roast Chicken is a simple and straight forward recipe that feeds the whole family! Crispy skin, full of flavor with oh, so juicy!

Roasted Chicken 4

Homemade Teriyaki Chicken: This Teriyaki Chicken recipe is tangy, savory, and best of all, homemade. Made in less than 30 minutes and served alongside plain white rice and veggies.

homemade teriyaki chicken 1

Sticky Chicken Drumsticks: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks are gorgeously delicious. With a sauce made of classic asian condiments (soy sauce, hoisin sauce and more!) these belong in the chicken drumstick recipes hall of fame because they are THAT good!

Chicken Drumsticks

Salmon: There are tons of salmon recipes that pair nicely with white rice, but my Honey Sesame Salmon recipe is slightly sweet with an Asian flair. If you love honey butter, you’ll love this meal.

Honey Glazed Salmon with Sesame Seeds

Thai Chicken Bites: These Thai Chicken Bites are everything you want in a Thai Chicken recipe! Crispy, salty, sweet nuggets of pure joy and the recipe is pretty simple to make too! 

Thai Chicken Bites

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken: Baked Honey Mustard Chicken topped with bacon is a sweet and tangy delight. Serve on top of fluffy rice and enjoy all the honey mustard gloriousness.

honey mustard chicken

Crispy Sesame Beef: Prepare yourselves for the best homemade Crispy Sesame Beef that tastes BETTER than take-out! Yes, it’s possible, and not all that hard to do either! Try it out tonight and see for yourself!

korean beef on top of rice

Teriyaki Meatballs: Add kale to these tasty Teriyaki Meatballs for a little extra nutrition, serve over rice, then pile high with mango avocado salsa.

Teriyaki Glazed Garlic Kale Meatballs with Mango Avocado Salsa

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs with Teriyaki Sauce: Chicken Pineapple Kabobs are packed with fresh pineapple, chicken, peppers and red onions and basted with a delicious sweet teriyaki sauce.

Pineapple Chicken Skewers with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Smoked Beef Tenderloin: Serve this at your next dinner party and this show stopping main course will wow your guests and they’ll think you’re some kind of master chef.

Smoked Beef Tenderloin sliced on platter

Chicken Kabobs: Chicken pieces marinated in a delicious honey and soy sauce mixture are a tasty variation to bring to the grill. A perfect and easy meal paired with veggies and my famous butter rice.

honey-soy-chicken-kabobs on oval wooden tray with bowl of sauce

Prime Rib Roast: This Prime Rib Roast couldn’t be easier. Slathered with butter, garlic and herbs and baked to perfection.

cut prime rib on wooden cutting board

Meatloaf: Moist and delicious, this easy-to-make meatloaf with sweet ketchup glaze will leave you wanting more.

A close up of a plate of Meatloaf

Swedish Meatballs: This Swedish Meatball recipe is quick and tasty. With a simple sauce, serve these Swedish Meatballs over egg noodles or rice and potatoes! If you have some picky eaters in the house this is a great option!

Swedish Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs: This Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe is so simple to make and is the perfect appetizer. The odds are you have all the ingredients already on hand! Or serve over rice to make it a meal!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Easy Oven Baked Ribs: This amazing recipe for Baby Back Ribs in the Oven is my favorite. With three ingredients and an oven, you’ll have delicious ribs to devour.

oven baked ribs sliced on serving board

Smoked Pork Butt: This Smoked Pork Butt is going to turn into the best Pulled Pork you’ve ever had. It literally just falls off the bone!

Smoked Pork Butt

Instant Pot Pork Chops: Instant Pot Pork Chops are juicy, saucy, and oh so flavorful. Whether you’re using boneless or bone-in chops, they’re extremely easy to make with delicious results every time!

tongs holding cooked pork chop with sauce

Smothered Baked Pork Chops: Juicy and tender, sweet and savory, these Smothered Baked Pork Chops are roasted to perfection in just 30 minutes! Serve with some rice and green beans and you have a delicious meal!

baked pork chops

Rosemary Maple Mustard Pork Roast Recipe: This Rosemary Maple Mustard Pork Roast recipe is a fabulous way to cook up an easy, big, tasty roast and impress a crowd.

Pork Roast

Stir Fry:  A quick, easy, and delicious Stir Fry Recipe your family is sure to love! Serve hot and with rice for best results!

Stir Fry

Korean Beef: This Korean Beef recipe is simple, tasty, and perfect for when you only have a minutes to get dinner on the table. Serve in lettuce cups or over white rice.

korean-beef on white rice

Crockpot Cherry Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin: Crockpot Cherry Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin is easy to throw together, delicious and kid-friendly. Pair with a salad and rice and that’s dinner!

 Cherry Balsamic Glazed Pork

Sausage and Peppers Stuffed Zucchini Boats are baked tender soft zucchini stuffed with a hearty sausage, onion and peppers marinara sauce and topped with melty mozzarella cheese.

zucchini-boats on wooden board

Asian Lettuce Wraps: Asian Lettuce Wraps are an easy, healthy, low-carb, and delicious meal that is ready to eat in about 15 minutes! Eat plain or top with peanuts, bean sprouts, and cilantro! Serve with rice, if desired.

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Kung Pao Chicken: This Kung Pao Chicken recipe is the perfect balance of sweet, savory and spicy, all stir-fried together in about 30 minutes. Adjust the spiciness level to your liking and serve alone or over white rice.

Kung Pao Chicken

So, there you have it—white rice, the unsung hero of countless meals. Whether it’s jazzed up with buttery goodness or paired with a burst of flavors, its adaptability is seriously impressive. So, next time you’re in the kitchen, let your creativity loose with that pot of white rice. Remember, the best meals often kick off with a simple bowl of perfectly cooked rice.

If you make these recipes, I would really appreciate it if you would give them a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

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