Side Essentials: Yummy Lemon Infused Rice

Andy Anderson !


Okay, I will admit it, I am a fan of all things citrus… Well, most things citrus.

This is a fun, comforting side dish that comes together in thirty quick minutes. The citrus notes are a perfect complement to fish, meat, or poultry. Or, you could just make up a batch and eat it by itself.

FYI: The main photo for this recipe is my lemon-infused rice, topped with a pan fried boneless pork chop… So yummy.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 c
    white rice, long-grained variety (uncooked)
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1/2 tsp
    lemon-pepper seasoning, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1 1/4 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 - 2 pinch
    salt, kosher variety

  • 1 Tbsp
    ponzu sauce

How to Make Side Essentials: Yummy Lemon Infused Rice


  2. What is Ponzu Sauce?
    Ponzu Sauce, is a tangy, light, soy-based sauce, traditionally made with citrus fruit. If you want to add a slight Asian hint to a recipe, along with a citrus kick. You will love this sauce.

    And, if you are feeling adventurous, here is a recipe for making Ponzu:
    Asian Essentials: Homemade Ponzu Sauce
  3. For this recipe, you will need a saucepan, with a tight-fitting lid that is capable of holding all of the ingredients.
  4. I cannot expect everyone to make their own chicken stock, so if you choose to use store-bought stock, remember that they usually contain a lot of sodium. Therefore, you might not need to add any additional salt. Up to you.
  5. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Add the rice, olive oil, lemon pepper seasoning, and basil to a saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Cook, stirring, until the rice starts to turn translucent, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  8. Add the remainder of the ingredients, set the heat to low, and cover for 20 minutes.
  9. Chef’s Note: If you are using the Ponzu sauce, add that with the other ingredients.
  10. Chef’s Tip: For nice fluffy rice, take the pan off heat, leave covered, and let stand for an additional 10 minutes.
  12. Use as a side with meat, fish, or poultry, or just eat by itself. Enjoy.
  13. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Side Essentials: Yummy Lemon Infused Rice

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free Wheat Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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