Refreshing Greek Lemon Rice

Embark on a culinary journey to Greece with this simple yet utterly delicious Greek Lemon Rice. Infused with the bright flavors of fresh lemon, herbs, and a hint of garlic, this dish brings a zesty twist to the traditional side of rice. Perfect alongside grilled meats or as a light meal on its own, let’s dive into making this vibrant dish that’s sure to become a staple in your recipe collection.


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1.5 cups uncooked white rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
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  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Start by prepping your ingredients: dice the onion, finely chop the garlic, chop the parsley, and dill, and zest and juice the lemon. Set these aside.
  2. Cook Onion and Garlic:
    • In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until it’s soft and translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add the finely chopped garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.
  3. Add Rice:
    • Stir in the uncooked white rice, ensuring it’s well-coated in the olive oil, onion, and garlic mixture. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, to lightly toast the rice.
  4. Add Liquids and Season:
    • Pour in the chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the saucepan and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, about 18-20 minutes.
  5. Finish with Herbs and Lemon:
    • Once the rice is cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the chopped parsley, dill, and the lemon juice and zest. Adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Serve:
    • Fluff the rice with a fork and serve warm. This Greek Lemon Rice is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes, especially those with Mediterranean flavors.

This Greek Lemon Rice is more than just a side dish; it’s a celebration of fresh, vibrant flavors that can brighten up any meal. Whether you’re pairing it with grilled chicken, fish, or enjoying it by itself, it promises a delightful taste experience that will transport your senses to the sunny shores of Greece. Enjoy!