Greek Lemon Rice


Bright and zesty Greek Lemon Rice is super tasty and so easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes, you can turn a pantry staple into a flavorful side dish for your favorite meals!


Are you sick of the same old, same old white rice? We totally were too, which led me to do some experimenting and research into new ways to spruce up white rice. Our favorite? This lemon rice recipe! A riff on greek rice, this recipe is so easy, only taking 25 minutes to make, which is about the same amount of time it takes to make regular rice anyway! A pinch of this, a dash of that, and you’ll have a new favorite, easy lemon rice recipe to add to your meals. 



  • Long Grain Rice
  • Butter
  • Fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Chicken Broth
  • Turmeric (spice)
  • Salt
  • Fresh Herbs – optional (like dill, mint, or basil

Here’s How You Make It 

You’re just a few steps away from the best lemon rice recipe ever! 

  1. First, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Next, stir in the rice for 1 minute, then stir in the turmeric.
  3. Now stir in the broth, lemon juice, and salt and bring it all to a boil.
  4. Reduce the burner to a high simmer, cover, and let the greek rice cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice throughout. 
  5. Finally, fluff with a fork and serve.

Why This Recipe Works

Easy — It doesn’t get any easier than melt, stir, add, boil, and simmer. The directions for this rice really are very simple and the process is so fast!  

Lemon You can’t have lemon rice without lemon of course. But seriously adding fresh-squeezed lemon juice to this Greek rice dish is key to giving it the most perfect, citrusy flavor. 

Butter — The trick to this lemon rice is first stirring/cooking the rice in the butter so that the rice really absorbs some of that buttery flavor grain by grain. Plus, it helps release a bit of a nuttier flavor in the rice. 

Turmeric — A lesser-used spice for sure, but turmeric adds a lovely flavor and color to this lemon rice that you won’t want to skip!


How to Cook Rice 

Cooking rice isn’t that complicated, but it does require a few steps to get it just right. Here are the steps I follow when making any rice at all, but in addition this lemon rice. 

  1. First, I measure out the rice (the ratio is 2 cups of water (or broth) for every 1 cup of rice). 
  2. Pour the rice into a fine-mesh strainer in the sink and give it a rinse for about 30 seconds or so to get rid of some of the starches that can cause rice to stick together. 
  3. Add the correct amount of water to the pan, then add the rice. 
  4. Bring the rice and water to a boil. Add salt and butter if desired. 
  5. Once it’s boiling, add a lid to the pan and turn the burner down to a high simmer.
  6. Check the rice after about 15 minutes to check for doneness. If there is still water on the top, allow the rice to cook for another couple of minutes or so until it’s soaked up all the water. 
  7. Turn off the burner and let the rice rest for a couple minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve

Ideas for Serving Lemon Rice 

Expert Tips 

  • This lemon rice will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
  • You can freeze this easy rice recipe for up to 2 months but I don’t think it tastes as good once it thaws as the rice can get a little mealy.  
  • For  the butter, I use unsalted butter, then add salt later to taste. If you use salted butter, you might not want to use as much actual salt. But it’s totally a personal preference! 
  • If you want to add a little something “extra” to this lemon rice, try fresh herbs like parsley or oregano, a cup of frozen peas, a can of diced tomatoes (drained), or some toasted pine nuts. 
  • Do add butter (or you can use oil) to the grains before adding the water. The rice will soak up the oils/fat and help to coat the grains and allow them to slide past each other and not be so sticky. 

More Amazing Rice Recipes

For more delicious, easy side dishes featuring rice, hop on over to my recipes for Super Easy Mexican Rice, Cauliflower Fried Rice, and Easy Chicken Fried Rice.

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