Serious Eats / Debbie Wee

Rice can be both comforting and classy, and is enjoyed around the world not only as a side dish, but also as a main event. These 16 rice recipes hail from all corners of the globe and range from simple to seasoned and savory to sweet. Whether you’re looking for a soft, nourishing congee or golden, stuck-to-the-bottom-of-the-pot crispy rice, these rice recipes are far from ordinary.

Crispy Kimchi Cheese Rice Recipe

Serious Eats / Vicky Wasik

You’ll never regret having leftover rice again. Layer rice, your favorite cheeses, and funky kimchi in a skillet and bake until the bottom is crispy and the cheese is melted and gooey.

Creamy Risotto alla Milanese (Saffron Risotto)

Serious Eats / Qi Ai

This risotto is simple yet luxe, with golden saffron and rich cream.

Easy Fried Rice

Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg

Use fresh or leftover white rice for this easy, vegetable-studded fried rice.

Classic Chicken and Rice Soup

Serious Eats / Tim Chin

Classic chicken and rice soup is a comforting go-to, and our techniques will make each element perfect.

How to Make Tahdig (Persian Crunchy Rice)

Serious Eats / Nader Mehravari

We’ve got the trick to achieve the delicious, buttery, golden, crunchy layer formed at the very bottom of a traditional Persian-style steamed rice pot.

Pomodori al Riso (Roman Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes)

Serious Eats / Joel Russo

This one dish meal uses golden-roasted potatoes to support rice-stuffed tomatoes.

Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

Filled with salmon, tuna, and mentaiko (cod roe)—among many other savory options—these Japanese rice balls are a satisfying snack easily enjoyed on the go.

Gallopinto (Nicaraguan Rice and Beans)

Serious Eats / Julia Estrada

Recipes differ from household to household, but this dish is on the table at every single meal in Nicaragua. Serve gallopinto with scrambled or fried eggs, a side of corn tortillas, and queso fresco.

Brown Rice Congee With Beef, Shiitake, and Garlic Chips

Serious Eats / Shao Z.

This comforting bowl of savory whole-grain congee is studded with bits of marinated ground beef and topped with crunchy, golden brown slices of garlic.

Vanilla Rice Pudding

Serious Eats / Debbie Wee

Make the silkiest, smoothest rice pudding that actually tastes like rice with just milk, leftover rice, and sugar.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Set

Serious Eats / Fred Hardy

This Singaporean staple features moist chicken, aromatic rice, and tender bok choy finished with chile garlic sauce and kecap manis.

Cơm Tấm (Vietnamese Broken Rice)

Serious Eats / Vy Tran

This iconic Southern Vietnamese dish is piled high with grilled and shredded pork, pork-and-egg meatloaf, fresh and pickled veggies, and a tangy-sweet sauce.

Breakfast Black Rice Porridge With Coconut Cream

Serious Eats / Leela Punyaratabandhu

Whole grain rice porridge with a coconut cream topping has breakfast written all over it. Add fresh fruits and toasted nuts to that and, well, move over oatmeal!

Sumeshi (Seasoned Sushi Rice)

Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

This recipe produces seasoned sushi rice that’s balanced and flavorful—perfect for maki, nigiri, hand rolls, and rice bowls.

Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)

Serious Eats

This arroz con leche is flavored with orange rind, cinnamon, and (optional but highly recommended!) dark rum; the scent is deep and sultry. Studded with plump raisins, it’s best served warm as soon as it’s made.

Nigerian Masa (Fermented Rice Cake Balls)

Serious Eats / Maureen Celestine

A northern Nigerian specialty, masa (also known as waina) are round fermented cakes served as an accompaniment to breakfasts, lunches, dinners, or as a snack that can be served sweet or savory.

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