Adventurous Spirit Lemon-Infused Rice

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by COOKGIRl

From Organic Gardening Magazine summer 2004. An interesting variation on lemon rice for herb lovers using not lemon juice rather lemon scented herbs. Try this with Asian or Greek themed meals! I purposefully did not use stock for this recipe so that the fresh flavors of the herbs shine through. Wink, wink-but this may be an acquired taste for some!

Top Review by Missy Wombat

Great idea and a nice change. I used lemongrass and lemon basil.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup jasmine rice or 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 3 stalks lemongrass, stalks cut in half crosswise (or short enough to fit the pan)
  • 12 tablespoon fresh lemon verbena leaf, crushed slightly and cut into thin strips (read *NOTE- or 1/2 teaspoon dried lemon verbena leaves, crumbled)


  1. *NOTE: if you cannot find lemon verbena, substitue fresh lemon thyme, lemon balm, lemon bergamot, lemon basil or lemon mint.
  2. In sauce pan combine the rice, water, salt and lemongrass stalks.
  3. Cover, bring to boil, and simmer until done, approximately 25 minutes. (Can also be cooked in a rice cooker.).
  4. Remove lemongrass stalks, add the verbena leaves, fluff rice with fork to distribute the essence and transfer to serving platter.
  5. Garnish rice with a lemon verbena leaf is desired. Serve hot.

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