Sunny Mediterranean Lemon-Infused Rice

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Sunny Mediterranean Lemon-Infused Rice

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 5 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: 10 minutesTotal time: 55 minutesServings:12 servingsCalories:156 kcal Best Season:Summer


Experience the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean with this family-favorite rice dish infused with the refreshing taste of lemon and the warmth of chicken broth. Perfectly paired with your choice of protein or enjoyed on its own, this lemon rice recipe brings a touch of Greece to your dining table.



  1. In a saucepan, gently melt the butter over a low flame. Add the rice, stirring it to ensure each grain is enveloped in the butter. Allow the rice to gently cook, giving it an occasional stir, until it becomes lightly golden yet careful to avoid any burning, which should take around 10 minutes.
  2. Next, introduce the chicken broth to the saucepan alongside a generous squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a couple of bay leaves. Raise the heat and bring the concoction to a vigorous boil, maintaining this boil for about 5 minutes. Following this, lower the heat to achieve a gentle simmer, cover the saucepan with a lid, and allow the rice to cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Once the time has elapsed, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it stand still, lid on, for an additional 10 minutes. This will allow the rice to finish cooking in its own steam. Afterward, use a fork to fluff up the rice, transforming it into a light and airy side dish, ready to be enjoyed.


  • – For a vegetarian version, substitute chicken broth with vegetable broth.
    – Adjust lemon juice to taste if you prefer a stronger or milder citrus flavor.
Keywords:Lemon Rice, Greek Cuisine, Mediterranean Recipe, Side Dish, Family Recipe, Rice Dish, Citrus Flavored, Easy Cooking
Nutrition Facts

Servings 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 156
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g7%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 580mg25%
Potassium 66mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 26g9%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g6%

Vitamin C 4 mg
Calcium 21 mg
Iron 2 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Yes, but adjust the cooking time and liquid quantity as brown rice requires more of both.

How long can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can this dish be frozen?

Yes, it can be frozen for up to one month. Thaw and reheat thoroughly before serving.

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