Lemon Rice

This easy Lemon Rice is the perfect addition to any meal. It can be served under any meat including chicken, steak, pork or fish or as a side with any dinner. It’s quick and delicious!

Lemon Rice recipe

Easy Lemon Rice

We make this lemon rice ALL the time. It literally goes with everything. Chicken, steak, pork, fish, you name it (thinking it would be perfect with our Creamy Swiss Chicken Bake, Fried Pork Chops or Smothered Pork Chops)! It’s my favorite go-to rice recipe when I can’t think of a side dish to go with my dinner. The lemon flavor makes it SUPER delicious and refreshing. It’s also perfect for big dinner gatherings- everyone loves it. The flavor of this rice is nothing crazy but also isn’t totally plain, which makes its go great with so many meals.

There is lemon juice, lemon pepper seasoning, and lemon zest in this recipe. All of those mixed with some butter and chicken broth make one tasty side dish. Make it alongside any dinner recipe because it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

How to Make Lemon Rice

You’re going to laugh at how EASY this recipe is.

  1. Put all the ingredients (except the lemon pepper) into saucepan and mix around to combine.
  2. Cook on high heat until it begins to boil. Then turn the heat down a bit, cover with a lid, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed. This will be about 20 minutes, give or take.
  3. After all the liquid is absorbed, transfer the rice to a serving dish and sprinkle with the lemon pepper.

I told you it was so simple!! I like to serve mine with a few slices of lemon for garnish and color.

Lemon Rice

You’ve got to give this zesty lemon rice recipe a try. Print it out and file it in with your other recipes so you always have it on hand. It will probably become one of your favorite side dishes to make. Easy, yummy, and pairs with everything- a perfect recipe!!

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Lemon Rice recipe

4.84 from 6 votes

This easy Lemon Rice is the perfect addition to any meal. It can be served under any meat including chicken, steak, pork or fish or as a side with any dinner. It's quick and delicious!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 191 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 cup long grain rice uncooked
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 1/4 tsp lemon pepper seasonings


  1. In a saucepan on high heat, add all ingredients, except lemon pepper, and stir to combine.

  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle with lemon pepper before serving.

Recipe Notes


  • DIFFICULTY: easy

Recipe from Genius Kitchen.


Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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