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All Recipes, Main Dishes / October 6, 2021

Mediterranean Lemon-Garlic Rice | Healthy & Delicious One-Pan Recipe

This Mediterranean Lemon-Garlic Rice is truly one gem of a dish. It´s loaded with so many great flavors, easy to make and done in about 30 minutes. Serve it as a main course next to a crunchy baguette or even as a side dish next to some grilled fish.

Mediterranean Lemon-Garlic Rice
The best part about this recipe, is that it´s all done using just one pan. But even better, it´s packed with heart-healthy ingredients and it´s going to fill your body with so much Mediterranean goodness.

Mediterranean Lemon-Garlic Rice
To make this dish, I used Spanish round rice. But you can use any rice you like. Though the rice to liquid ratio may be different. So check the package instructions on your rice.

Mediterranean Lemon-Garlic Rice

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Once you add the broth into pan, give the rice one final mix. After that, don´t mix the rice again, otherwise it will lose its texture. If you over mix it, the starch in the rice will start to release, which will make the grains of rice lose their beautiful texture.

Mediterranean Lemon-Garlic Rice

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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4.67 from 3 votes

Mediterranean Lemon-Garlic Rice

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 632 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup round rice 220 grams
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas 170 grams
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice 30 ml
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 710 ml
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley 8 grams
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme 4 grams
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest 6 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Finely dice 1 small onion, roughly chop 6 cloves garlic and finely chop 1/2 green & 1/2 red bell pepper

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  3. After 2 minutes add in the onion, bell peppers and garlic, mix with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the onion is translucent and the rest of the vegetables lightly sauteed, add in 1 cup uncooked round rice, 1 cup canned chickpeas (drained & rinsed), 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together

  4. Once everything is well mixed, add in 3 cups vegetable broth and turn up the heat to a high heat, give it one final mix so everything is evenly distributed

  5. After 10 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed by the rice but there is still some broth left, place a lid on the pan and lower the heat to a low-medium

  6. After 6 to 8 minutes and all the broth has been absorbed by the rice, remove the pan from the heat

  7. Add in 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley and 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme, using a fork fluff up the rice, then finely grate the lemon zest from 1/2 lemon, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Lemon-Garlic Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 632 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Sodium 1648mg72%
Potassium 489mg14%
Carbohydrates 109g36%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 2312IU46%
Vitamin C 89mg108%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. C

    5 stars
    Loved it. Make it regularly now.

    06 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      07 . Jun . 2022
  3. Cheryl Tebbutt

    4 stars
    I cant cook, I don’t have your imagination!
    I am vegetarian so I am going to follow you, with PASTA AND RICE recipes. I need a colander first!

    02 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can do it! Much love 🙂

      02 . Nov . 2021
  4. Cat King

    How large is a serving? It shows that the Sodium 1648mg, 72% of the RDA. Is this correct?

    15 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      A serving is half of the dish, as it serves 2 people, remember that these numbers are just an estimate, and is including the salt in the jarred beans, which I drained and rinsed, making the sodium number much lower 🙂 much love

      16 . Oct . 2021
  5. Karen Palasek

    I love your recipes, demos and easy to follow instructions. Please share the brands of cookware you use, particularly the lovely enamel-looking fry pan.
    And how does one become a patron?

    11 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      You will find a link under ¨Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe¨ under the last picture and above the video with the cookware I use. Right below that, is the link to become a patreon:
      Much love 🙂

      12 . Oct . 2021
  6. Roger

    5 stars
    Your recipes are fabulous,as a vegan /vegetarian its a godsend;keep them coming.Muchas gracias

    07 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      07 . Oct . 2021

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