36 Easy Ways to Make Rice Taste Good

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Rice is an affordably priced, complex carbohydrate. It can also taste boring. The good news is there are a variety of different ways to make rice taste better. Learn what to add to brown rice, white rice, red rice, minute rice, and instant rice.

Get Saffron and Make Some Paella

For centuries saffron has been one of the world's most coveted spices. It's hard to describe the taste of saffron but some say it's subtle, floral, or honey-like. If you're interested in trying, some of the most popular saffron brands include Kiva, Persian, and Spanish.

Paella is a famous dish from the Valencia region of Spain. It almost always includes olive oil, saffron, and rice and frequently features green beans, white beans, meat, and seafood.

But you don't have to make an elaborate meal to make rice taste better. Simply adding a few threads of saffron, some olive oil/grass-fed butter, and some sea salt will make your rice taste a lot better.

Make Your Own Homemade, Spanish Rice

Spanish Rice is usually some combination of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and oil/butter. There are a ton of great, Spanish Rice recipes but this one is a pretty solid choice. If you don't have the time to prepare, chop, and clean up after a more elaborate recipe, you could make quick, Spanish Rice using some common kitchen ingredients.

Simply add some tomato sauce, paste, or salsa to your rice. Then sprinkle on some garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and freshly ground black pepper. Once you've heated up the rice, add some extra-virgin olive oil for a quick, tasty rice dish that requires almost no cleanup.

Mix in some guacamole.

Like pesto, guacamole is a great addition to a variety of foods including rice. Also like pesto, the best guacamole is made from fresh ingredients. Guacamole is made from avocados and frequently includes other flavors like peppers, tomatoes, and onions.

Add some mild, verde, or hot salsa to your rice.

Salsa is another way to make rice more interesting. If you're in a rush, you could use some Seasoned Salt or cajun spices like Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning.

Make rice taste great with some basil pesto.

Pesto goes great with many different grains and rice is no exception. We recommend making homemade basil pesto if you have the time. It's hard to beat the taste of pesto made from fresh basil, high-quality olive oil, pine nuts, freshly ground black peppercorns, and parmesan cheese.

If you're low on time, 365 Basil Pesto or Amore Pesto Paste are convenient alternatives.

Add some roasted garlic and sautéed onions to your rice.

Garlic, onions, and rice is a simple combination that makes rice taste better. If you're in a rush, you could simple sprinkle on garlic powder and onion powder.

Make some simple rice with butter, salt, and freshly ground peppercorns.

Butter, salt, and freshly ground pepper is another combination that works great with a lot of different foods. It's also very simple to make.

If possible, try to go with grass-fed butter over regular butter as it likely has more health benefits. Also try to go with a black peppercorn grinder over pre-ground black pepper. It has much more flavor. You could also experiment with white peppercorns, which have a subtler flavor.

You could also try other salts besides plain, table salt. Salts like himalayan salt, celtic sea salt, red hawaiian salt, or black hawaiian salt provide slightly different tastes and additional nutrition due to trace minerals not found in regular table salt like phosphorus, bromine, boron, zinc, iron, manganese, copper and silicon.

Try different kinds of rice.

Different types of rice range from quick-cooking (like short-grain rice) to longer cooking (like long-grain). Some rice like brown rice is plain testing while others like basmati or jasmine rice have an aromatic taste. Here's a few of the most popular types of rice:

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