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Dill Rice

This easy dill rice is a classic in many Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. Flavorful, fluffy rice is cooked with dill, and the result is a simple but delicious alternative to plain white rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: dairy free, dill, egg free, gluten free, nut free, rice, vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: Cheap


  • 1 ½ cup rice (350 g)
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or water + 2 chicken stock cubes)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoon finely chopped dill


  • Heat the oil in a pot on medium heat. Add diced onion, and sauté for a few minutes until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add the rice and chicken stock, or water and stock cubes, and cover with a lid. Bring the rice to a boil, then reduce it down to a simmer on low heat. Leave it to gently simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • The water will now have completely absorbed. Remove the rice from the heat. Stir finely chopped fresh dill into the rice, then cover it with a lid again.
  • Leave the rice for 2-5 minutes covered with a lid, but away from the heat. This will make the rice more fragrant, and allow it to fluff up. It’s then ready to serve!


Dried vs fresh dill

Although this recipe uses fresh dill, you can use dried dill or dill weed instead.
If you use dry dill, you should add it along with the rice, so that the dill can cook with the rice, rather than combining the two in the end.
You also generally want to use a smaller amount of herbs when you use dry herbs, as they have a more concentrated flavor. Replace 4 tablespoon freshly chopped herbs with 2 teaspoon dry dill.


You can store leftover dill rice in a refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat it in a microwave for a few minutes, then serve it warm.
You can also freeze cooked rice in a freezer safe container for up to 6 months. Thaw and reheat the rice before serving.


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg