Easy and Delicious Greek Lemon Rice
Easy and Delicious Greek Lemon Rice
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This classic Greek lemon rice is easy to prepare, resulting in a flavourful and fragrant rice dish that is perfect for any occasion. It can be served as a side dish or a main course and will please the fussiest eaters.

INGREDIENTS

  • 200 grams (7 oz) long grain rice, soaked, washed and drained (see note 1)
  • 60 ml (2 oz) olive oil, (see note 2)
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 500 ml (16.9 oz) chicken stock, (see note 3)
  • 2 tbsp dill, fresh, finely chopped (see note 4)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest, (zest of 1 lemon)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp parsley, fresh, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the rice in a bowl and add enough water to cover it. Let it soak for 20-30 minutes. Then, rinse the rice using a colander until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet or pot. Add the onions and garlic and cook until translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add the rice and stir continuously - this will allow the rice to "toast"and make it flavourful.
  4. Add the chicken stock, stir and bring to a boil.
  5. Cover and simmer on low heat for 12-15 minutes (do NOT remove the lid). The rice is ready when the stock is absorbed, and the rice is soft but firm to the touch.
  6. Fluff the rice with a fork, cover it with a kitchen towel, and replace the lid. (this will allow the rice to absorb any excess moisture). (see note 5)
  7. Remove the kitchen towel and lid, and add the fresh parsley, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice and seasonings.
  8. Stir to combine all the ingredients thoroughly and serve.

NOTES

  1. If you want your rice to turn out well, wash and soak it thoroughly - this will help eliminate any excess starch, which can make the rice sticky (something that you don't want). Soaking the rice will also shorten the cooking time, ensuring the inside cooks faster.
  2. The type of rice used in this recipe is essential. Using brown rice will alter the dish's profile and require additional cooking time. For brown rice, follow the instructions on the packet.
  3. Use Greek extra virgin olive oil for added flavour. If you want richness, add a combination of unsalted butter and olive oil (2 tablespoon butter & 2 tablespoon olive oil).
  4. I prefer to use chicken stock for this recipe. Its concentrated flavour makes it the perfect partner for rice. Chicken broth will work as well. However, If you're vegetarian or vegan, use vegetable broth or stock instead.
  5. If using dried herbs, change the amounts: for each tablespoon of fresh herbs, use 1 teaspoon of dried.
  6. Ensure you complete the last step. Covering the rice allows it to soak up any excess steam and moisture and separates the grains. Plus, who likes mushy rice? 

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