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10 Ways to Shake up a Side of Rice

Rice can be such a flavorsome side with a little bit spice and imagination. We've take inspiration from other countries around the world to bring you 10 creative ways to up your rice game.

1. Korean Saewoo Bokkeumbap (Shrimp Fried Rice)

Rave Review: "Simply amazing ! I make a variety of fried rice, but this one stands out because of the addition of Oyster sauce." -- Casablancaise

Korean Saewoo Bokkeumbap (Shrimp Fried Rice)

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2. Easy Authentic Spanish Rice

Rave Review: "My family loved this rice! I was looking for an easy to make rice to accompany the usual weekday tacos, burritos, etc. and found this one. I served it tonight and my kids filled up on the rice dish and didn't have "room" for the main dish." -- katieb

Easy Authentic Spanish Rice

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3. Asian Coconut Rice

Rave Review: "Loved the aroma of the jasmine and coconut combination. I doubled this recipe because I knew it wasn't going to be enough for our Sunday dinner/lunch next day menu. I will triple the recipe next time :-)" -- Lizuett Cruz Hernandez

Asian Coconut Rice

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4. Island-Style Fried Rice

Rave Review: "5 STARS! This dish was the talk of the Luau party I just attended. People I didn't even know were pointing and saying "That's the Rice Lady". By the end of the night I was being called the "RICE QUEEN"!" -- Denise

Island-Style Fried Rice

Photo by ALFANN02

5. Hibachi-Style Fried Rice

Rave Review: "Excellent! My family of picky eaters, devoured it! I wish I had doubled the recipe for leftovers!" -- barbaraoutlaw

Hibachi-Style Fried Rice

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6. Indian Style Basmati Rice

Rave Review: "This is a very good recipe that my adult son says tastes just like the rice served at his favorite Indian restaurants. It's a keeper." -- CHARMICHEAL

7. Risotto alla Milanese

Rave Review: "I've used this recipe so many times that it has become my signature "wow" side dish, especially when making Osso Buco. Saffron can sometimes be hard to find, but don't worry. This recipe still turns out great without it." --cpiacentini

Risotto alla Milanese

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

8. Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Fried Rice

Rave Review: "We eat Thai food every week, and this did not disappoint! Added a bit of chili oil in with the peanut oil and a bit of soy to the fish/oyster. Great." -- Katt

Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Fried Rice

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9. Chinese Chicken Fried Rice II

Rave Review: "This is a simple, quick, and delicious recipe. My wife just love this, that I end up making it at least once a week." -- Angelo Lombardi

10. Ke's Cajun (Dirty) Rice

Rave Review: "Really good and easy. I served it as a main dish with salad. Nice Sunday Dinner." -- hotcahomes

Ke's Cajun (Dirty) Rice

Photo by LMT


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