Lemony mushroom & herb rice

Perk up your rice with Sara Buenfeld’s tasty recipe that’s brimming with Mediterranean flavours

  • Prep:30 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 0
  • fat 0g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 0g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 0g
  • salt 0g


  • a mugful of American long grain rice
  • 250g pack chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsp snipped chives
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon


  1. Fill a roomy saucepan with water, bring to the boil and tip in a heaped teaspoon of salt - the water will bubble furiously. Pour in the rice, stir once and return to the boil, then turn the heat down a little so that the water is boiling steadily, but not vigorously.

  2. Boil uncovered, without stirring (this makes for sticky rice) for 10 minutes. Lift some out with a slotted spoon and nibble a grain or two. If they're too crunchy, cook for another minute and taste again. They should be tender but with a little bite. Drain the rice into a large sieve and rinse by pouring over a kettle of very hot water.

  3. Meanwhile, chop the chestnut mushrooms into smallish chunks and fry in olive oil in a large frying pan over a high heat for 4 minutes until golden. Stir in garlic and fry for 1 minute.

  4. Drain and rinse the rice and toss it into the mushrooms with the parsley, chives and lemon zest. Try a little and add salt if necessary. The zingy, fresh flavours go really well with grilled fish.

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