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Greek Lemon Rice Recipe

This Greek lemon rice is ready in 30 minutes. The lemon and garlic add a lot of flavor to this Greek-inspired dish, which can be served on the side or as the main meal!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Servings: 4
Calories: 345kcal


  • 1 ½ cup Basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 lemons juice of
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup parsley chopped


  • Rinse the rice a few times to get rid of the excess starch. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat some olive oil. Sauté the onion until translucent. Add in the garlic ad cook for a minute.
  • Add the rice and sauté for a minute. Season with salt and add the lemon juice and water.
  • Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn the heat off and keep the lid on. Let the rice sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.
  • Fluff with a fork and serve. Garnish with parsley if desired.



  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. 
  • To freeze, transfer the cooked rice to a container or freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months. To serve, thaw in the fridge overnight or heat in a pan over medium heat until warm. 
  • You can serve this side dish with the following main dishes:


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg