Healthy Recipes for Dinner

15-Minute Meals You Can Make With Jasmine Rice, the Pantry Hero of Dinnertime

Emily Laurence

Photo: Gimme Delicious

Today, food tracking app MyFitnessPal released a new report showing just how much our eating habits have changed during the pandemic and one is that pantry items are definitely seeing a lot more love. Canned tuna, beans, chickpeas, and oats have all seen a rise in popularity the past nine months. Another food feeling the love: jasmine rice, which is up 84 percent among MyFitnessPal users.

There’s a lot of different rice varieties and all of them have health benefits including fiber, vitamin B, magnesium, and carbs. (Yes, carbs are healthy.) Jasmine rice is a type of rice that is originally from Thailand. It’s a long grain and has a soft, sticky texture when cooked. Because it has a mild taste—less flavorful than black rice, for example—it can be used in a variety of dishes to make it heartier and more comforting.

Need some ideas? Rounded up here are seven jasmine rice recipes that take less than 15 minutes to make. Some of the recipes don’t explicitly specify that jasmine rice should be used but don’t worry, it will not only work just fine but taste downright delicious.

7 jasmine rice recipes you can make in 15 minutes or less

jasmine rice recipes
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1. Thai basil chicken and rice

The sauces and spices are absolutely key for this dish; otherwise, you’ll just end up with flavorless chicken and rice. Here’s what to have on hand: garlic, Thai red chilis, onion, dark soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, and Thai basil. Once you have your ingredients ready to go, the dish comes together really quickly.

Get the recipe: Thai basil chicken and rice

vegetable rice recipe
Photo: Veena Azmanov

2. One-pot vegetable rice

If you have jasmine rice, vegetable stock, and some frozen mixed veggies on hand, you’re 90 percent on your way to making this easy dinner. Round out this meal by adding a protein, like chicken, tofu, or chickpeas—all of which can cook in less than 15 minutes on the stovetop.

Get the recipe: One-pot vegetable rice 

cranberry pistachio jasmine rice
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3. Instant Pot cranberry pistachio jasmine rice

Cranberries definitely deserve more love than just on Thanksgiving. Here, the seasonal fruit is combined with protein-rich pistachios and, of course, the jasmine rice—all made in the Instant Pot. Boost the protein even more by adding chickpeas, which pair well with the core ingredients.

Get the recipe: Instant Pot cranberry pistachio jasmine rice 

shrimp and rice
Photo: Gimme Delicious

4. One-pan shrimp and rice

It’s always a bonus when you can throw all the ingredients for your dinner into the same dish and cook it all together—which is exactly what goes down in this recipe for shrimp and rice. Season everything with cumin, garlic, onion, and pepper to ensure that each bite is as packed with flavor as it is nutrients.

Get the recipe: One-pan shrimp and rice

jasmine rice recipes
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5. Chinese rice soup

Some nights just call for a piping hot bowl of soup and jasmine rice works similarly to noodles making any soup heartier. Here, it’s combined in the broth with white fish, choy sum (a leafy green veggie), onion, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce. So many immunity-supporting ingredients in one bowl!

Get the recipe: Chinese rice soup

Watch the video below to see how adding garlic to your soup will benefit your body:

congee
Photo: Red House Spice

6. Easy congee with rice and chicken

A classic meal in China and other parts of East Asia, congee is traditionally a stick-to-your-bones nourishing breakfast, but this recipe is well-rounded enough that it works just as well for dinner, too. The rice helps form the thick porridge and chicken, mushroom, and a hard-boiled egg are added into this dish, making it super rich in protein.

Get the recipe: Easy congee with rice and chicken

turmeric rice
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7. Turmeric jasmine rice with leftover chicken

The inspiration for this recipe was finding a super quick way to use up leftover chicken, but if you’re vegetarian or vegan, it works just as well with tofu, too. Spices are the key to making any leftover food taste fresh and the ones used here—turmeric, cumin, garlic, and red bell pepper among them—are full of anti-inflammatory benefits.

Get the recipe: Turmeric jasmine rice with leftover chicken

Watch the video below to learn more about the health benefits of turmeric:

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