Rice is my staple food, and no matter what, I need my bowl of rice every day. But sometimes plain rice becomes monotonous, especially with baked fish or chicken. That's how I came up with this simple yet flavorful recipe. I love scallions because they are delicious and they add vibrancy to any mundane dish. Other than that scallions have numerous health benefits, so, this recipe is high on nutritional quotient as well. Also for preparing the scallion rice, I have used cooked rice. So this recipe is a great way to use your leftover rice too.


Scallion rice is fragrant and fresh, the scallions fried in olive oil further enhance the taste of this herb-infused delicacy. The list of ingredients is as simple as it can get, all you need is some cooked rice, chopped scallions, and fresh herbs and of course some good quality olive oil. You can use any fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, parsley, cilantro, or dill. I have used thyme from my garden, and it turned out just perfectly.


You can add vegetables of your choice if you wish. You can also add pulled chicken if you have leftovers. You may add other herbs of choice.


What is scallion?

You most likely have seen scallion in a Chinese dish. It is available in any grocery store. It is more commonly known as spring onion or green onion. Both the green leafy part and the white bulb of the scallion are edible. It tastes milder than the regular onion and can be cooked or eaten raw as well.

Is scallion good for me?

Scallion has multiple health benefits. It is loaded with fibers, which helps in keeping you full for longer. It keeps your cholesterol levels in check, lowers risk of diabetes and is also known to have anti-cancer properties.

What type of rice should I use for this recipe?

You can use any plain white rice, long-grain rice like basmati or jasmine rice. You just have to make sure that the rice is not sticky or mushy.

Can uncooked rice be used to make this recipe?

Of course. If you are using raw rice, here's what you need to do:
  • Wash the rice thoroughly and soak in water for 15 mins.
  • In a heavy bottomed vessel, saute the scallions in olive oil.
  • Add the rice and seasonings and mix everything.
  • Pour in chicken stock or water (double the amount of rice).
  • Add thyme, cover and cook until done.
If you are in a hurry, just use cooked rice instead of cooking from scratch. Both the cooking methods result in equally tasty scallion rice.


You can serve this with almost any vegetarian, fish, chicken or meat dish. Here are some options that you can try:


Cool the rice and transfer into an airtight storage container or ziplock plastic bag and then store it in the refrigerator. I recommend consuming stored scallion rice within 2-3 days.

Looking for other rice recipes?

Here are some recipes that you may like:
  1. Burnt Garlic Rice
  2. Egg Fried Rice
  3. Turmeric Rice
  4. Saffron Rice


Yield: 3
Author: The GradChef
Prep time: 25 MCook time: 6 MTotal time: 31 M
Herb-infused fragrant and flavorful scallion rice ready in a matter of minutes.


  • 2 cups cooked basmati rice
  • 4 scallions finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2-3 thyme stems chopped


  1. In a wok, heat the oil.
  2. Add the finely chopped scallions and saute till translucent.
  3. Add the cooked rice, thyme, salt, and pepper. Combine everything and adjust seasoning if required.
  4. Fluff with a fork before serving.


  • You can use jasmine rice instead of basmati rice, cooking time may vary in that case.
  • You can add some chopped green chilies for heat or sprinkle some chili flakes.
  • You can finish off with a tbsp of butter for a buttery taste.
  • If you are using uncooked rice, you can cook the rice in chicken or vegetable broth for extra flavor.

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