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.

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 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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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

Directions:

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 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.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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10 Responses to “Lemon Basil Rice”

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    Katie C. — May 13, 2014 @ 4:51 am

    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).

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    Kathy @ Olives & Garlic — May 13, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    I have been craving rice all day and was thinking of making some for dinner. I’m going to try this recipe. It’s so fresh and fragrant. Love it

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    Marjie — May 13, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

    It looks like a great take on a nice side dish. I love lemon accents to my food.

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    indria — May 13, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    Wow, it’s kind like fresh recipes for me. I will try next time, But, i want to add more ingredients in this :)

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    Blond Duck — May 13, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

    Oh, that looks wonderful!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 14, 2014 @ 2:47 am

    I should make more herb rice! This is delicious!

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    Jovina Coughlin — May 14, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    What a delicious way to liven up some rice.

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    Kim in MD — May 14, 2014 @ 8:47 am

    I love this! Lemon and basil are a perfect combination!

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    Joanne — May 15, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

    Lemon and basil are pretty much meant for each other. What a great side!

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    J.Smitt — May 17, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    I love!
    Lemon and basil are perfect!

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