Lemon Basil Rice

Lemon Basil Rice

I was making a lemon caper pork dish for dinner and I wanted to serve it with rice. I decided to add lemon, lemon zest, and fresh basil to the basmati rice and it turned out delicious. The lemon made the rice pop with flavor and paired nicely with the fresh basil. This rice was excellent with our lemony pork. We all enjoyed it, although my kids still added soy sauce to theirs. They just seem to think that soy sauce always makes rice better. Silly kids.

Lemon Basil Rice

How to Make Lemon Basil Rice

Heat the chicken broth, water, lemon juice, lemon zest, and butter over medium-high heat until boiling. Once it starts to boil, add the rice and season with sea salt and white pepper, to taste. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.

Remove the rice from the burner without removing the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the lid and fluff rice with a fork. Sprinkle with chopped basil then serve. Enjoy.

Lemon Basil Rice

 

Lemon Basil Rice

Lemon Basil Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of water minus 2 tablespoons
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 cup of basmati rice
  • Sea salt and white pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the chicken broth, water, lemon juice, lemon zest, and butter over medium-high heat until boiling. Once it starts to boil, add the rice and season with sea salt and white pepper, to taste. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the rice from the burner without removing the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the lid and fluff rice with a fork. Sprinkle with chopped basil then serve. Enjoy.
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15 Comments

  1. I know you are supposed to leave the lid on, but I always have to see if the rice is cooked or over-cook (totally sticking to the bottom of the pan).

    1. Richard,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I’m very happy you enjoyed the recipe and the rest of your meal sounds delicious.

      -Pam

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this! I was looking for new ways to use up my basil and this was perfect; fast, easy, simple ingredients, light, fresh and delicious.

    1. Jessica,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

      -Pam