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Vegan Side Dish Rice Recipes

Last Updated on June 10, 2021 by Betty Davies

Rice is a staple side dish around the world, from Mexico to India, Italy to Brazil, and everywhere in between. These easy vegan rice recipes are delicious and easy ways to elevate this humble side dish into something wonderful. It’s time to make rice the star of the show!

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If you think rice is boring, it’s time to think again with these delicious vegan rice side dish recipes!

In North America, people, wildly speaking, eat around two portions of rice a week. It’s quick and easy, and works with some many different mains and cuisines.

Rice doesn’t have to be boring through, it’s so easy to add seasonings and other ingredients

Types of Rice

There are 3 main types of rice and many varieties. All have their own specific flavors, ways to cook and work in different types of recipes.

  • Short grain: Short grain rices are starchy and clump together when cooked. They absorb more liquid and it’s really sticky. Sushi rice is the most common short grain and Spanish bomba rice is used to make paellas.
  • Medium grain: Arborio and carnaroli are medium grain rices and they produce a creamy rtaher than strachy texture. Most commonly used in risottos.
  • Long grain: Long grain rice include Jasmine and Basmati, and are most commonly used in Western cooking. These longer grains are less starchy and they form distinct grains that get light and fluffy.

There are thousands of varieties of rice, white, brown and wild being most common. All require slightly different cooking techniques and timings.

Can you swap brown and white rice?

In most recipes, brown, wild and white rice can be used interchangeably, but just be aware that brown and wild will require longer cooking times.

Is rice gluten-free?

Yes! Rice is naturally gluten-free, and all of these recipes are dairy-free and vegan.


Rice is a great make ahead side dish, it’s great for meal prep, and if you have leftovers, they will keep well and can be reheated.

  • Refrigeration: Place the cooled rice in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze: Once cooled, freeze the rice in bags or containers for up to 2 months.
  • Reheat: If using frozen rice, be sure to thaw it fully in the fridge overnight before reheating. Reheat rice on the stovetop with a couple of tablespoons of water, or in the microwave, again with a little water, for 3 minutes on full power. Make sure the rice is piping hot before serving.
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Vegan Side Dish Rice Recipes

Easy Spanish Rice Recipe
This tastes just like the classic Spanish Rice you remember! Perfect to serve as a side with your Mexican favorites, or use it to fill burritos and enchiladas.
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Cilantro Lime Spinach Rice
Get some extra greens onto your plate with this spinach cilantro rice. Perfect to serve as a simple side or in burritos and wraps.
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Mexican Red Rice (Arroz Rojo)
Made with ingredients from your well-stocked pantry and a few fresh ingredients, this Arroz Rojo elevates your Mexican mains any day of the week!
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Instant Pot Mushroom Rice Pilaf Recipe | TheBellyRulesTheMind
Made in the Instant Pot, this mushroom rice pilaf is so flavorful. It’s quick and healthy and can be served as a side or a main.
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Korean Purple Rice (heukmi bap)
Make this delicious Korean Purple Rice at home! Cook in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop for a chewy, nutty and colorful side dish.
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Authentic Jamaican Rice and Peas
This Jamaican rice and peas is infused with coconut, Caribbean herbs and spices. It makes a flavourful side dish for family dinners.
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Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice)
This Indian Jeera rice is perfectly light and flavorful. Made with basmati rice, ghee, and aromatic spices, it’s perfect to serve with your favorite Indian curries.
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Vegan Wild Rice Casserole
Creamy white Bechamel sauce layers with wild rice and fresh mushrooms for a non-dairy take on a traditional holiday favorite!
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Vegan Indian Coconut Rice Recipe
This is a delicious South Indian coconut rice is so easy to make. This is a fairly simple recipe even for beginners. Pair with you favorite Indian foods for a sweet flavor.
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Turmeric Coconut Basmati Rice
This turmeric coconut basmati rice is a creamy rice side dish recipe that’s easy to make! It features onion, garlic, ginger, and basil for a flavorful dish.
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Festive Cypriot Rice Pilaf with Vermicelli
A colorful and savoury vegan Festive Cypriot rice pilaf with carrots, red bell peppers, corn, and peas makes a great holiday side.
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Brown Basmati Rice Pilaf with Almonds and Barberries
Recipe for a luscious lightly spiced fruity brown basmati rice pilaf with fried almonds. A fantastic addition to any Middle Eastern feast.
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Beetroot Rice Recipe
Beetroot rice- a simple and delicious Indian-style rice recipe. This one-pot rice recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
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Serving Suggestions

Whether you opt of an Indian, Mexican or Middle Eastern vegan rice side dish, you’ll need a main to pair it with! Try any of these delicious plant based mains for one delicious meal!

If you’ve tried any of these recipes, be sure to let me know what you though below!

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