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Use Up Your 10 Pounds of Rice with These 10 Delicious Recipes

Traditional jambalaya on a stoneware plate, surrounded by cooking spices and ingredients.
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So, maybe you went a little overboard buying rice and aren’t quite sure how to use it all. Luckily, these 10 tasty recipes will use up all that grain in no time!

Sweet, savory, tangy—you name it, we found it! Start using up those mounds of hoarded rice with these delicious dishes.

15-Minute One-Pan Shrimp and Rice

Any one-skillet meal you can make in under half an hour is a winner! Whip out that pound of shrimp you have chilling out in your freezer and put it to good use in this banging meal.

Enjoy the tender shrimp and garlic-infused, fluffy rice with a side salad and some dinner rolls. If you aren’t a fan of shellfish, you can use chicken instead.

Get the Recipe: Gimme Delicious

Tropical Coconut Pineapple Cashew Rice

A small bowl filled with coconut pineapple fried rice.
The Chunky Chef

Looking for a tangy, sweet dish that will spark joy in every bite? This is it! This tropical coconut rice offers vibrant ingredients that will accompany many main course entrées.

You cook the rice in coconut milk and pineapple juice, which provides an invigoratingly sweet flair you’ll truly adore.

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Traditional Spanish Paella

Paella is a Spanish dish filled with seafood, chicken, rice, and so many other tasty, nutrient-rich foods.

You’ll find many traditional ingredients in this recipe, but if you’re stuck at home and missing a few, no worries! Most substitutions will work for anything you don’t have. If you’ve got a day to yourself, throw on an apron and give this recipe a go.

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Kimchi Fried Rice

Two bowls of Kimchi fried rice, topped with a fried egg with a set of chopsticks alongside.
Damn Delicious

Kimchi is a unique, tasty Korean dish consisting of pickled ingredients, like cabbage, ginger, garlic, and salt. Over the last few years, Kimchi has become a globally popular fermented side dish. You can find it in most supermarkets.

What better way to serve it up than as a fried rice dish? Along with some jasmine rice, mushrooms, carrots, soy sauce, and so many other fun ingredients, you’ll create a meal your family can’t wait to devour.

Get the Recipe: Damn Delicious

One-Pan Greek Lemon Chicken and Rice

How about another delicious one-pan meal? This time, though, you’ll use all the tantalizing Greek flavors you love most. For best results, we recommend you let the chicken thighs rest overnight in the tasty, tangy marinade.

If you’ve got feta cheese hanging out in your fridge, a few crumbles will finish this dish off flawlessly!

Get the Recipe: The Chunky Chef

Jambalaya

A pot filled with jambalaya
Cafe Delites

Mardi Gras was just a few months ago, but we wanted to remind you of this quintessential New Orleans dish, just in case you missed out.

This Louisiana favorite provides a burst of delish, thanks to the abundance of aromatic ingredients in it. This meal is beyond satiating, and, yes, you will want seconds.

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Creamy Vegetable and Rice Soup

Rainy spring days often turn into chilly evenings. Sometimes, the best way to enjoy that frigid weather is by staying in with a blanket and a hot bowl of soup.

This vegetarian meal offers hearty carrots and potatoes, and the creator claims it’s better than the Panera version. Try it out, and see for yourself!

Get the Recipe: Dinner then Dessert

Burrito Bowls

A burrito bowl filled with chicken, avocado, tomatoes, black beans and sourcream.
Dinner at the Zoo

You can build a burrito bowl any way you like! It just depends on what you have in your pantry and fridge. You can use beans, or sauté some mushrooms and peppers if you’ve got ’em.

Since we’re talking about those gorgeous grains, don’t leave out the rice! For an extra spicy kick of flavor, you can stir in some taco seasoning and hot sauce, too. Enjoy each mouthwatering bite, and don’t forget the tortilla chips and guacamole.

Get the Recipe: Dinner at the Zoo

Sushi Bowl with Sriracha Mayo

Crafting California rolls at home takes time, which is where these versatile sushi bowls come in!

Filled with all the sushi ingredients you love, each bite will taste like the real deal. Don’t skip out on making the Sriracha mayo—it flawlessly brings the bowl together.

Get the Recipe: Budget Bytes

Crispy Persian Rice with Spiced Chickpeas

Crispy Persion Rice with sauteed spinach and chickpeas in a plate with a serving spoon.
Half Baked Harvest

Tahdig (pronounced Tah-DEEG) is a rice dish, pan-cooked until a crispy layer of crust forms on the bottom. You’ll savor the crunchy texture on the outside and relish the fluffy basmati rice underneath.

Add some crispy turmeric chickpeas, and fresh spinach or kale to complement the rice with a little heartiness.

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Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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