Simple Rice With Parsley Recipe

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Today I’m sharing a simple recipe for rice with parsley. This dish is perfect for those nights when you want something quick and easy but don’t want to sacrifice flavor. 

The rice is lightly infused with parsley and bay leaf. The flavour is aromatic but mild enough to serve with any main dish. I call this a rice side that goes with everything.

This recipe delivers on both fronts, simplicity and flavor. So if you’re looking for a delicious quick rice side, you found it.

Is rice gluten-free

uncooked basmati rice in a measuring cup


There are more and more people who follow a gluten-free diet. And one of the most common questions is whether or not rice is gluten-free. 

The answer is yes! Rice, in its natural form, is a gluten-free grain. That means that if you’re looking for a gluten-free grain option, rice is a great choice.

varieties of rice

There are several varieties of rice, each with its unique flavor and texture. Parsley is a versatile herb used in various dishes, so it’s no surprise that it pairs well with rice. 

the best rice for simple rice with parsley

simple rice with parsley in a bowl


When making a simple rice dish, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The best type of rice to use for a simple recipe will depend on your personal preferences and the other ingredients in the dish.

Basmati rice is a good option if you’re looking for versatile rice that goes well with many different flavors. This long-grain rice has a light, nutty flavor that pairs well with savory and sweet dishes. 

Basmati rice is also relatively easy to cook, making it a good choice for busy weeknight dinners.

Another good option for simple recipes is jasmine rice. This aromatic rice has a slightly sweet flavor that goes well with spicy or savory dishes. 

Jasmine rice is also easy to cook, making it another good gluten-free choice for your meals.

If you’re looking for a heartier rice option, brown rice is a good choice. Brown rice has a nutty flavor and chewy texture that hold up well to hearty ingredients like beans and vegetables. 

However, Brown rice can take longer to cook than other types of rice, so allow for extra time.

the best rice for stir-frys

For stir-frys, this simple rice with parsley is an excellent choice. The rice is perfectly cooked and has a great flavor that pairs well with any stir-fry dish. However, remember that the rice has to be cold when adding it to stir-frys.

Another way to serve this rice is with chicken dishes like this cajun chicken with roasted veggies, or with Louisiana Chicken Gumbo.

Is rice healthy?

There are a lot of different opinions out there about whether or not rice is healthy. Some say it’s a great source of complex carbs and can help you regulate blood sugar levels. 

Others say it’s high in starch and can cause spikes in blood sugar levels. So, what’s the truth?

The answer may depend on the type of rice you’re eating. For example, white rice is typically stripped of its nutrients during milling, so it isn’t as nutritious as brown rice. 

Brown rice still has the bran and germ intact, which means it contains more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

So, brown rice is probably the way to go if you’re looking for more nutrient-packed rice. But if you’re looking for something that will give you a quick burst of energy, white rice may be a better choice.

Should you soak rice before cooking?

Soaking rice is good for two reasons. One, the rice becomes fluffier, and second, soaking the rice will reduce the cooking time because you kick-start water absorption.

Why add parsley to rice?

Adding parsley to rice can add a fresh and herbaceous flavor that can complement the other flavors in the dish. Parsley is also an excellent source of vitamins A and C and minerals like potassium and magnesium.

Why do kids love rice?

One of the things that kids love most is rice. Of course, rice is bland, and kids love that. The best part, this grain will easily absorb the flavours you add. And you can always add leftover veggies or meats to make it a delicious meal.

For example a rice pudding, the rice will taste like cinnamon. There are many ways to prepare rice and add different flavors for a tasty, nourishing meal for kids.

So next time you want a side to add to chicken, fish or roasted veggies, give this simple rice with parsley a try.

Let’s Connect!


Many thanks!

Kristina xx


  • 1 cup GF basmati rice
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 GF bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cup GF chicken or vegetable stock
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  • Place rice in a large bowl with three cups of water and soak for 30 minutes (this is a very important step)
  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan, add onions and sauté until soft
  • Drain rice and stir in with onions until well combined. Add salt, parsley, bay leaf and stock. Bring to boil, turn the heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork and cover until ready to serve
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