Simple and Easy Sesame Rice

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This Simple Sesame Rice Recipe is easy, fast and full of flavor. Ready in less than 20 minutes with just 4 ingredients!

Our family loves to recreate our favorite takeout dishes. First, it’s much more affordable than ordering in every night (though honestly, there are so many nights when I wish we could do this instead!).

Making your own takeout also allows you to make healthier substitutions, which for us means we can eat more without feeling guilty.

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Sesame rice is one of those recipes that is so easy to whip up, and great for a side dish or repurposing leftovers. I love to use this as the base for a poke bowl or to repurpose leftover meat, like chicken and pork. All you have to do is toss your pre-cooked leftovers in a great Asian-inspired simmer sauce and use it to top this easy sesame rice recipe for a quick and yummy new dish.

Plus, this easy sesame rice recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes and uses only 4 ingredients! This is one of my family’s very favorite recipes. We’ve been making it for years (I originally published this recipe in early 2019!), and have found that it’s one of the best kept secrets for helping to stretchy our grocery budget a little further.

Ingredients needed for sesame rice

This simple recipe only requires a few simple ingredients!

Jasmine rice

Sesame oil

Sesame seeds & green onions for garnish

The magic of this simple sesame rice recipe is the sesame oil. Even just a tiny amount gives any dish an incredible flavor! I recommend using toasted sesame oil instead of regular if you can find it.

If it doesn’t say on the label, just take a quick peek at the color of the oil in the bottle on your local store’s shelf. Regular sesame oil has a light color (similar to canola oil), while toasted sesame oil is more of a deep amber. You can use either, but don’t skip the sesame oil! It gives this perfect rice the nutty flavor it needs.

No Jasmine rice? You can absolutely make this with regular white rice, long grain rice or even brown rice. Adjust your cooking time and water ratio according to the package directions.

How to Make Sesame Rice

Pour 1 cup jasmine rice into 1 1/2 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Stir the rice, cover and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to simmer (medium heat or medium-low depending on your stove) and continue to cook rice while covered for 15 minutes.

Fluff the cooked rice with fork, then slowly pour the sesame sauce over the hot rice. Pour a little at a time and stir the rice as you go to ensure that the full serving of rice is covered.

Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, and serve hot! This easy recipe tastes great with a little soy sauce and fresh ginger too. Depending on your taste buds, you might choose to add a little kosher salt, black pepper, olive oil or a bit of butter. Some of my friends love this with a little lime juice!

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What to Serve with Sesame Rice

This rice dish is an easy way to whip up a cheap meal or use to finish leftovers. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a variety of foods and makes a great quick meal.

This simple side dish goes great with Sweet & Spicy Korean BBQ Wings or when we’re feeling extra lazy, these Easy Air Fryer Potstickers and Dumplings too.

Add a quick Japanese Cucumber Salad and you’ve got a whole meal that will wow even the pickiest of takeout aficionado. This simple sesame rice recipe is such a great addition for so many meals!

Want to an even faster way to make rice? Consider making it in your Instant Pot first and finishing it with these steps.

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It’s seriously so easy and fast! This simple sesame rice recipe has become a staple in our house. It’s one of my favorite ways to jazz up leftovers, too!

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Simple and Easy Sesame Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This easy sesame rice recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes with just 4 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice (note: 1 cup of dry rice is enough for 2 adults)
  • 3 tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 handful sliced green onions (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 cup of jasmine rice into 1 1/2 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Stir, cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer and continue to cook while covered for 15 minutes.
  3. Fluff cooked rice with fork, then slowly pour the sesame sauce over the hot rice. Tip: pour a little at a time and stir the rice as you go to ensure that the full serving of rice is covered.
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, and serve hot.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 135

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