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Zesty Lemon-Thyme Infused Rice

A Fragrant Side Dish to Elevate Your Meal

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Zesty Lemon-Thyme Infused Rice

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 25 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 40 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:212 kcal Best Season:Summer


Discover a delightful twist to your traditional rice side with this Zesty Lemon-Thyme Infused Rice recipe. Perfectly cooked rice is enhanced with the aromatic flavors of fresh lemon zest and thyme, creating a dish that’s both refreshing and savory. Ideal for pairing with a variety of main courses, this easy-to-make recipe will become a new staple in your culinary repertoire.



  1. Heat a medium saucepan over a medium-high flame and add butter, allowing it to melt. Once melted, incorporate the rice, sautéing it and ensuring constant stirring until it achieves a golden hue, which should take approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Pour in the chicken broth, squeeze in the fresh lemon juice, and sprinkle the thyme over the rice. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then cover the saucepan and lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Allow the rice to cook undisturbed until it has soaked up all the liquid, which should take around 20 minutes. When the rice is fully cooked, use a fork to gently fluff it before serving to separate the grains and release steam.


  • – For an even more pronounced lemon flavor, consider adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the rice just before serving.
    – If you have fresh thyme on hand, you can use it instead of dried thyme for a more vibrant herb taste. A good rule of thumb is to use three times the amount of fresh herbs when substituting for dried herbs.
    – This dish can be easily doubled or tripled to accommodate larger gatherings.
Keywords:Lemon Rice, Thyme Rice, Side Dish, Aromatic Rice, Citrus Flavored Rice
Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g7%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 346mg15%
Potassium 150mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 38g13%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Protein 5g10%

Vitamin C 3 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, you can substitute brown rice, but keep in mind that the cooking time will be longer, and you may need to adjust the amount of water according to the package instructions.

How can I store leftovers?

Store any leftover rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently with a splash of water to prevent the rice from drying out.

Is this dish vegan?

The recipe as written includes butter, which is not vegan. However, you can easily make it vegan by substituting the butter with a plant-based alternative.

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    05/19/2024 07:35 am GMT

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