Greek Lemon Rice

Greek Lemon Rice is more than just a side dish; it’s a journey to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean with every bite. The zesty lemon combined with aromatic herbs like dill and parsley brings a fresh and vibrant flavor to the humble basmati rice, transforming it into a standout dish that’s both comforting and refreshing.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

This Greek Lemon Rice recipe offers a burst of Mediterranean flavors with the tanginess of lemon, the earthiness of herbs, and the warmth of spices. It’s a versatile dish that pairs well with a variety of main courses or can be enjoyed on its own. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make, perfect for busy weeknights or special occasions.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped (red onion will also work)
  • 1 cup basmati rice, soaked and drained or thoroughly washed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp organic lemon zest
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth for a vegetarian/vegan version)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pinch turmeric (optional but required for the bright yellow color)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter (optional, for serving)
  • Extra lemon juice (optional, for serving)


  1. Sauté the onions and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat with olive oil until soft and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and lemon zest, sauté until slightly toasted, about 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Pour in the broth, lemon juice, dill, parsley, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and turmeric. Mix and bring to a boil uncovered, then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook until the liquids have evaporated and the rice is tender but not sticky, about 10-15 minutes. Stir, then taste and adjust seasonings, if desired.
  4. Let sit covered for 10 minutes off the heat. Uncover and fluff before serving. Optionally, stir in butter and/or top with extra lemon juice or crumbled feta cheese.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins | Cooking Time: 10 mins | Total Time: 30 mins | Kcal: 200 kcal | Servings: 4 servings


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of water to retain moisture.

Recipe Tips:

For added freshness, garnish the Greek Lemon Rice with a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley or dill before serving. You can also customize this dish by adding cooked shrimp, grilled chicken, or roasted vegetables for a complete meal. Adjust the lemon juice and seasonings according to your taste preferences. Enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean in every spoonful of this delightful rice dish!

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