Greek Lemon Rice

Easy Greek Lemon Rice In A Rice Cooker

Do you ever order takeout, but make your salad or rice to help you STRETCH your meal? We did that the other night when I made super easy Greek lemon rice in a rice cooker.

Easy Greek Lemon Rice
Rice Cooker! I love my Zojirushi Rice Cooker.
Takeout For The Win!

We tried a new (to us!) Greek restaurant for takeout and it was SO GOOD!!! We ordered shrimp on skewers, chicken, and lamb. The lamb was the favorite. Two of our meals came with greek salad and they all came with amazing French fries – we loved the cumin garlic fries!

greek takeout outside
Greek Takeout For The Win

I added lettuce from our garden to stretch the salad into a large family size Greek salad and I ordered a chickpea salad, as well. I just dumped the chickpeas, red onion, and arugula into the Greek salad. Delicious! 

lemon rice with takeout
Greek Lemon Rice to stretch our takeout!

We make A LOT of rice around here … How To Make Fluffy Indian Basmati RiceCopycat Pork Fried Rice, and Kimchi Fried Rice With Kale are a few of our go-to favorites, but this super simple recipe is definitely going into the rotation.

Easy Greek Lemon Rice In A Rice Cooker
lemon rice with takeout
5 from 1 vote

Easy Greek Lemon Rice In A Rice Cooker

Super easy, very delicious!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-free, Greek
Keyword gluten free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 291 kcal
Author Erin Brighton



  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 large lemon - zested and then juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill - more for the top
  • Chicken broth


  1. I rinsed 3 cups of white basmati rice until the water ran clear and then let the rice sit in water while I prepped the other ingredients.
  2. In a saucepan on the stove, heat your olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and the salt, cumin, and oregano. Saute. Add the lemon zest and the three cups of basmati rice, drained. Add the lemon juice to the rice and stir it well to coat your rice with the olive oil, herbs, and lemon.
  3. Transfer to your rice cooker - or continue cooking on the stovetop.
  4. I transferred the very flavorful rice to my rice cooker and added enough chicken broth to go a little higher than the 3 cup mark for white rice.
  5. Turn it on! That's it!
  6. At the end, I added additional lemon juice and fresh dill. I had read in some places to add additional butter at the end, but I did not do that. It tasted fine! I will definitely try to add butter on another day - I usually don't say no to butter.

This was my first experiment with Greek rice! Any tips???

Greek Rice In A Rice Cooker
Greek Rice In A Rice Cooker

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

10 thoughts on “Easy Greek Lemon Rice In A Rice Cooker”

  1. I make a very similar dish but add chard or spinach to the rice. Then toss with plenty of fresh herbs just before serving.

  2. VERY TASTY! I will make it again. We paired it with fresh lamb we raised and processed this year. BBQ’d a shoulder blade medium rare and the rice totally complimented the meat. I used a high quality Basmati rice.

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