A classic weeknight dinner, teriyaki rice is all about convenience and perfectly cooked rice. So long as you are watching your salt levels, you can expect a healthy, satisfying meal ready in barely any time at all!
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Teriyaki is one of those classic flavors that most people assume is only available in the form of a pre-made packet from a supermarket.
However, so long as you have some tasty Homemade Teriyaki Sauce, you can use it to make a simple weeknight dinner like this teriyaki rice.
With nothing more than a good serving of rice, some green onions, and whatever else you feel like serving with this, you can turn a simple sauce into a filling and satisfying meal any day of the week.
Beef Vs. Chicken Broth, Will It Make A Difference?
This recipe calls for the use of either beef or chicken broth to provide the liquid and the majority of the savory flavor, but which one will work best?
Well, which one you choose is going to depend on what kind of flavor profile you are looking for.
If you go for chicken broth, you can expect your rice to have a mellower, more familiar flavor, as chicken stock is basically the standard broth option for any kind of savory recipe.
If you go for beef broth, however, you can expect more of a deep, beefy flavor. In fact, depending on the brand of beef broth you use, you might actually find it a little bit too intense.
Choose whichever type you want, or even make your own if you happen to have chicken or beef bones lying around in your freezer, but just keep in mind that the beef broth will likely be excessively darker than the chicken broth, in case color is particularly important to you.
How To Adjust The Amount Of Salt Based On Your Broth
When it comes to cooking with any kind of broth, you need to be continually cautious of your salt levels.
This is because most broths or stocks sold in supermarkets tend to be overly salty. However, when mixed with other things like the rice and green onions, you might actually find that your normally decently salty broth just isn’t salty enough.
However, make sure to be super cautious when it comes to salting everything. Just add the smallest amount of salt to your rice as it cooks, and then adjust for seasoning later on.
If you try and front load all of your salt at once, you might find yourself being overwhelmed by saltiness in your finished dish, especially because of the inherent saltiness of the teriyaki sauce.
So add your salt a little bit at a time, and do most of your salt adjustments at the very end of cooking to make sure you don’t end up with something inedibly salty.
How To Tell When Your Rice Is Cooked
Cooking rice is one of those great challenges that most people struggle with, despite literal millennia of human history being devoted to eating rice.
The trouble is that, unless you get extremely mathematical and scientific about it, it is so hard to get really consistently cooked rice.
The ultimate trick is to simply use a rice cooker to cook your rice to the perfect texture, but most people don’t really want to have to commit to a brand new appliance in their kitchen.
Instead, try and remember the tried and tested adage of a 2 to 1 ratio of water to rice. So long as you are adding 2 parts water to 2 parts rice by volume, like in this recipe, you shouldn’t have a problem with doneness.
To make sure that your rice is properly cooked, just take a few grains out with a fork and give it a taste! If it is cooked right, it should fall apart as you bite it, but still have just the merest bite to it, allowing you to pick up individual grains and eat them if you wanted.
What To Serve With Your Teriyaki Rice
While this dish can work perfectly as a meal in its own right, it also works really well as a side dish. However, if using this as a side dish, what kind of thing should you eat as your main meal?
- Grilled Chicken
Some simply grilled chicken is the perfect protein to serve with this rice dish, as its gentle and simple flavors won’t overpower the salty tanginess of the teriyaki sauce.
On the wholly other side of the spectrum, anything BBQ’d would work really well with this rice. Something meaty, dark, and salty would complement the flavors of your rice, producing a flavor explosion that is perfect for a summer’s day in the garden.
Another great option to serve with your rice is any kind of meatballs – whether they are leftovers from a meatball sub or some homemade meatballs in marinara sauce, the juicy meatiness of any meatball will work perfectly with your teriyaki rice.
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- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Cook Time
- 20 minutes
- Side Dish
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 Cup long grain rice
- 2 Cups Beef or chicken broth
- ⅓ teaspoon salt
- 3 green onions (sliced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2-3 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- diced parsley or green onion (for garnish)
- In a Medium large pot add the broth and bring to a boil.
- Add in the rice and the salt, bring up to a boil again and cover the pot with a lid, lowering the heat to medium and simmer for about 20 minutes until the rice is almost fully cooked.
- Add in the diced onions, garlic, teriyaki sauce and brown sugar and stir to combine. Cover and heat for a few minutes until the green onions are tender but not mushy.
- Serve this rice garnished with fresh diced green onion and parsley as a side dish to chicken or your favorite meat dish.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.