How to Build a Better Rice Bowl


Are you a fan of more eye-catching and well-prepared rice bowls? There are more appetizing ways to make your rice bowl and the people around you salivate. Put those leftovers to good use by making a rice bowl. This guide will examine the various flavors that can be added to a rice bowl, as well as some of the favorite recipes for creating the perfect rice bowl. 

Are you a fan of more eye-catching and well-prepared rice bowls? There are more appetizing ways to make your rice bowl and the people around you salivate. Put those leftovers to good use by making a rice bowl. This guide will examine the various flavors that can be added to a rice bowl, as well as some of the favorite recipes for creating the perfect rice bowl. 

However, what exactly goes into a rice bowl before we start? To begin, you will require a grain foundation, this can include a wide variety of grains and pasta, such as white and brown rice, quinoa, couscous, orzo, and more. Grain blends, such as RiceSelect Royal Blend Rice, are something I enjoy using when I’m in the mood for some serious experimentation. I know that each grain in the mix has been carefully chosen for its optimal use.


Pick your favorite and enjoy it raw, cook it up in a sauté pan, on the grill, or in any other way that suits your fancy. An integral part of any fine meal is the innovative use of cutting and chopping methods to showcase the ingredients.

Later on, I’ll go into more detail about those methods. Fill out your meal with some protein to make it more attractive. You can use meats like chicken, pork, steak, duck, eggs, fish, or even tofu, tempeh, beans, or lentils if you prefer a vegetarian option. Sprinkle on some sauce or sprinkle on some garnish. The added moisture will do wonders for the grains in your bowl and will help everything stay put. Combine your preferred homemade sauce or vinaigrette with yogurt, hummus, oil-based or tomato-based sauces, warm broth, hot sauce, or soy sauce.

Spike Your Grain Mixture

After deciding on grain to use as a foundation, you can use a flavorful liquid other than water to cook your grains. If you like a sweet breakfast, you can make your cooking water, fruit juice, or coconut milk creamier by adding a pinch of cinnamon or a tablespoon of apple cider.

You can flavor your bowls with broth, spices, herbs, or a combination of these ingredients. The base of this Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Bowl is RiceSelect Texmati White Rice, which has been cooked with onion, garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper before being simmered in broth. This White Rice Veggie Burrito is a good example of something on the easier side, since all you have to do is add a homemade spice mix to the cooking water.

Simple ways to build a better rice bowl 

Use these guidelines to make your rice bowls stand out.

Achieve Distinction by Using Contrast

You can make your rice bowls more flavorful by including contrasting ingredients. For example, the dressing on this Vietnamese Chicken Banh Mi Style Rice Bowl combines the sweet taste of honey with the salty taste of soy sauce. 

The recipe calls for vegetarian ingredients, but you can use beef or chicken instead if you want to add more protein to go with the vegetables.

Make a Marinade for Your Meats

Marinating the meats you want to put in your rice bowls is a great way to give them more flavor. For the beef in this Cabbage Roll Bowl, try marinating it in onion, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper before cooking it in canola oil and serving it over shredded cabbage. 

Make Heavy Sauce Usage

One way to bring all the components of a dish together is with a generous helping of sauce, as in this bowl of Yummy salmon, leafy greens, and white rice. With chili powder, this salad goes from being mildly refreshing to having a noticeable spicy undertone.

Intermix Savory and Sweet Taste 

Sweet ingredients, like fruit, can be added to a mixture of savory ingredients to create eye-catching and vibrant color. Combine a hearty grain with seasonal fresh or dried fruit and vegetables. Set sauce with savory meat and greens is another way to accomplish this.

This White rice has jackfruit in it. Pulled Jackfruit Burrito Bowl is made with a mixture of onion, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. It is then topped with a spicy and sweet chipotle-pineapple barbecue sauce.

Let’s check out some more recipes now that we know how to spice up our rice bowls in various ways.

Recipes For Rice Bowls

Bowls of Chicken 

This chicken recipe is perfect for a better rice bowl. Add all the necessary ingredients and wow your bowl. Chicken bowls are a great way to start the summer off with healthy, ready-made meals that the whole family will enjoy. A bowl of rice with chicken sauce on top is made and served quickly. This rice bowl has so many different tasty things in it that you can eat it for lunch or dinner and can be enjoyed with Hokkaido Milk Tea.

Veggies Bowl

This seafood boil is complete with fresh shrimp, lobster, clams, crab, potatoes, and sausage simmered in a savory broth. Here’s a show-stopping meal that can be prepared in a single casserole dish and served to a large group. You can prepare this great seafood boil, or create bacon-wrapped scallops with garlic butter shrimp. A mixed seafood is usually boiled when trying  to have some fresh shellfish.

It’s a fantastic choice because everything can be cooked in a single pot, servings are shared, and, of course, there’s an abundance of flavor. As an added bonus, mixing more expensive foods like lobster and crab in rice and vegetable can help them much further. If you don’t happen to have any crab on hand, feel free to use shrimp instead. If you’re in the mood for a rice bowl with fish, the Salmon Poke Ball is another choice to consider. A Southwest Cookout Seafood and White Rice Bowl, which can be made in just 6 minutes and has fresh veggies and flavorful spices, is yet another choice.

Rice Bowls for Vegetarians

This stir-fry is full of fresh vegetables, fragrant rice, and delicious Asian flavors, and it only takes 15 minutes to make. This easy vegetarian dinner is great for busy weeknights when you don’t have much time. You could replace the meat in this dish with soy meatballs or meatballs made from plants. 

This Fall Harvest Rice Bowl is full of tasty tastes thanks to the butternut squash, maple syrup, and Minute Brown Rice. Add chopped pecans to give the dish some texture and crunch. Rice Bowl is ready in less than 5 minutes and has a lot of flavor from the spices and chili flakes.

Last, there are chopped pecans. With a lot of salt and chili flakes, this Garlic Parmesan Rice Bowl can be made in less than 5 minutes and still taste great. Use some, or all of the following ideas to make your grain bowls even better. Using Rice Select grains as a base, you can make a dish with creative touches and fresh flavors that will surprise and delight your guests.

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!