Home » Main Meals » Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice

The recipe of Lemon Rice I’m sharing today can be a great side dish or a meal. It tastes a lot like the stuffing of Grape leaves (An Arabian dish called Waraq Enab).

Close up image of lemon rice

It’s tangy and the taste of olive oil combined with mint leaves and parsley gave this dish an amazing flavor.

Over head shot of lemon rice

I used Uncle Ben’s rice, I believe the texture of Uncle Ben’s white long grain rice goes so well with the ingredients. You can use short grain rice instead, but don’t use Basmati rice in this recipe, it won’t taste as good.

lemon rice garnished with mint.

Fish, Steak, even grilled chicken go really well with this rice, and you can use it as a stuffing in vegetables like zucchini, potatoes, bell pepper, or even grape leaves.

lemon rice sloe side shot.

Lemon Rice
Serves 2. 340 calories per serving.

1/2 cup uncle Ben’s long grain white rice
1 onion finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cube beef or chicken bouillon (low sodium)
2 teaspoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1 1/3 cup boiling water

– In a pan, add the butter and one tablespoon olive oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and stir for a minute on medium heat.
– Add the rice and stir for another minute.
– Add the mint and parsley, and cook for 2 minutes.
– Pour the boiling water, and when it comes to a boil again add the black pepper, cumin,  lemon juice, bouillon, and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, stir then taste if needs salt. Cover and cook for 25  minutes on lowest heat.
– You can serve Lemon Rice as a side dish, but tastes great on its own.




  1. This is the kind of rice I would enjoy too, Muna. Isn’t Basmati long grain rice?

    • munatycooking

      Basmati is long grain, but the texture is completely different, Uncle Ben’s rice has more of al dente texture.

  2. This sounds delicious and like it would go with so many things.

    • munatycooking

      Thanks Chris, I agree! I found that kids eat more vegetables when I cook this rice on the side 🙂

  3. Looks so good. There’s a lemon rice dish from South of India which I totally love. Looking forward to try your recipe!!

    • munatycooking

      Hi Ami, I’ve tried the Indian version and it was amazing, specially with fish curry, so aromatic and delicious, hope you like this version of Lemon rice 🙂

  4. This is a wonderful rice with an aromatic lemony flavour. I love the spices you used especially mint and cumin, I love them both. Tasty recipe and lovely photography!

    • munatycooking

      Thanks Alida, I love to cook with cumin, and in this recipe the amount used is just right, even for those who are not fond of it. It is really a great side dish and a great companion to many main meals!

  5. This rice is amazingly good! I had everything on hand,except the mint leaves. I used mint tea instead. My son wanted to know if I bought KFC rice and put it in the pot. Child of mines, I cooked it myself.

    • munatycooking

      Hi Deborah, I’m so glad you liked my Lemon Rice, thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate it 🙂

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *