Out of the Hat Rice Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Out of the Hat Rice Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Out of the Hat Rice

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"I came up with this on Mother's Day to accompany a heavy meal I didn't want to serve with potatoes. It's simple, quick, and surprisingly good!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. Stir the basmati rice, water, green onions, salt, and pepper together in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Stir in the butter. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and let simmer for 15 minutes. When the rice has steam openings in the top between the grains, stir in the lemon juice. Cover and let sit off the heat for 10 minutes to finish steaming.
  2. To serve, place 4 spinach leaves in a fan shape on a plate; scoop up several balls of rice using an ice cream scoop. Place the rice scoops decoratively onto the spinach leaves, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 11, 2010

Simple rice all dressed up! Gorgeous presentation, delicately seasoned rice with the green onion, lemon and butter that plays the supporting role to your main meat or fish dish perfectly. I love basmati rice and it was definitely the right choice for this. I used baby arugula rather than the spinach, only because it's what I had in the fridge, not because I thought it was a better choice. I cooked the rice in chicken broth and the white part of the green onion, then stirred the green part in at the end to preserve its color. I used the lemon juice "to taste," just a little squeeze - less than the recipe called for. This was the ideal complement to "Veal Cutlet with Red Peppers," also from this site. Happy to be the first reviewer of your recipe, JusSuz! Nicely done!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 07, 2010

Meh. Not an interesting flavor, particularly. Nice presentation, but....


15 Ratings

May 14, 2012

This modest, unassuming rice almost stole the show and the main dish's primary role. Only difference is I used chicken broth in lieu of the water which gave the dish a little more depth and used fresh coarse cracked pepper. The extra bite from the pepper with the rice provided an occasional extra burst of flavor Loved the presentation and was the perfect pairing served with salmon. Thanks JusSuz for your submission.

Sep 09, 2010

I used brown basmati rice and increased the water to reflect the change in rice. I did saute the green onion and a little bit of minced garlic slightly in a tbsp. of EVOO before adding the water. My husband and I thought this was great, especially me but the kids were less than enthused. Whatever, I'm making it again no matter what they say. ;) I REALLY liked the flavor of the brown rice with the green onions, garlic and the lemon. I served this with Coq Au Vin, My Way, which is also from this site. Probably not the best pairing but we ate every bite.

Aug 14, 2010

Perfect rice dish to go with the Broiled Tilapia Parmesan (from this site). Followed the recipe with the exception of using Low Sodium Chicken Stock instead of water and added the lemon juice to taste at the end. We enjoyed this and will make it again. Thanks for sharing!

Dec 03, 2010

This is a very good side if you want the protein you are making to really shine. It's a nice mild flavored rice. Even with the addition of the green onions the rice is not overpowering, which is exactly what I was looking for. I used brown rice instead of the basmati because I didn't have any basmati rice and I wanted to make it a litttle healthier. I also used a combo of butter alternative and olive oil. Again, to make the rice a little healthier. The spinach is not really needed since it's just for presentation purposes but the color does give it a nice contrast. Thanks.

Aug 10, 2010

This rice was a quick and easy way to change things up! Very lemony and you should know this going in due to the recipe itself. It went very well with Shrimp Francesca recipe from this site and asparagus:)

Jun 17, 2011

I give this recipe 5 stars for ease of preparation and being tasty. I used margarine instead of butter (to keep it parve to serve with chicken). Oops! I forgot to rinse the rice. No problem. It came out fine anyway. This recipe is a keeper. I also printed it out for my daughter to make for her fiance. I loved the idea of using an ice cream scoop to dish out the rice on a bed of greens. I did that, and it looked so pretty!


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  • Calories
  • 225 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.6 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 5.5 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 157 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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