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28 Easy Rice Sides for Pork Chops

Are you looking for some easy rice sides for pork chops?

Pork chops are a delicious, budget-friendly, and quick-cooking protein that can be dressed up or down depending on what you serve them with.

And one of my favorite sides to serve with pork chops is rice.

It’s hearty, filling, and so versatile.

You can make it simple or flavorful, depending on your preferences.

So if you are wondering what kind of rice side dish to serve with pork chops, then you are in the right place.

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Rice Sides for Pork Chops

28 Rice Sides for Pork Chops

Below, I’m sharing 28 of the best rice side dishes for pork chops including white rice, brown rice, fried rice, and more!

Herb Lemon Rice

Let’s start off with a simple, delicious side dish recipe that goes great with pork chops – herb lemon rice!

This rice dish is fragrant and light, with a beautiful lemon flavor.

It’s simple to make and can be easily customized to your liking.

To make this dish extra delicious, try adding in some sauteed mushrooms, green peas, or diced chicken.

Or, for a bit of a crunch, top it off with some chopped toasted nuts.

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Garlic Butter Rice

Anything with garlic and butter, and I’m sold.

This garlic butter rice is no exception – it’s absolutely delicious!

I love to make this rice as a side dish to pork chops, but it would also be great with chicken or shrimp.

To make this dish even more flavorful, I like to add sautéed onions, mushrooms, and green peppers.

You could also add in some shredded cheese for an extra cheesy kick.

Spanish Rice and Beans

Spanish cuisine is world-renowned for its flavorful, robust dishes.

One of my personal favorites is Spanish rice and beans.

It’s a fantastic side dish to serve with pork chops, and there are endless ways to make it even more delicious.

One of the things I love most about this dish is that it’s so versatile.

You can use whatever type of rice you prefer, and beans of any variety can be added in as well.

I also like to change up the seasonings I use depending on my mood.

Sometimes I’ll add in a little cumin for a smoky flavor, or paprika for a touch of sweetness.

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Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice

This rice pilaf is seasoned to perfection in just minutes, and makes the perfect side dish for pork chops!

I love to use jasmine rice for this recipe, but any long grain rice will work.

To make this dish even more flavorful, I like to sauté the rice in butter until it’s golden brown before adding the water.

And for an extra cheesy kick, stir in some shredded cheddar cheese after the rice is cooked.

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

Any true cheese lover will tell you that cheese makes everything better.

And that’s especially true when it comes to rice.

This dish is creamy, flavorful, and the perfect accompaniment to your next pork chop dinner.

There are a few ways you can make this side dish even more delicious.

  • Try adding sauteed onions or mushrooms, chopped bacon, or diced jalapeños for an extra boost of flavor.
  • You can also switch up the cheeses you use to really make this dish your own.

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EASY and Flavorful Ranch Rice

This recipe truly is ‘EASY’ and ‘Flavorful’ and my kids can’t get enough!

It’s a delicious rice dish that’s a great side to any meal, but we especially love it with pork chops.

There are a few ways I like to make this ranch rice even more delicious.

  • First, I like to use white basmati rice for this recipe. Basmati rice has a really nice, light flavor that goes well with the other ingredients in this dish.
  • Second, I always use fresh parsley and green onions in this recipe. The fresh herbs really brighten up the flavors in this dish.
  • Lastly, I like to add a little bit of cayenne pepper to the ranch dressing mix. This gives the dish a little bit of a kick that we really enjoy.

Easy Rice Pilaf

Sometimes, the easy and simple recipes are the best ones.

This Rice Pilaf recipe is a perfect example.

It’s a basic rice dish, made with just a few ingredients, that can be easily customized to your liking.

And it pairs perfectly with so many different main dishes!

Simple Asian Rice

How do you feel about Asian flavors?

Do you like rice?

If you answered yes to both of those questions, then this super simple Asian rice recipe is for you!

I personally love it because it’s so versatile – you can use it as a side dish or as a main, and it’s really easy to make.

Black Beans and Cilantro-Lime Rice

This Mexican-inspired rice dish is so easy to make and so versatile.

I love it as a simple side dish, but it also works well as a main dish if you bulk it up with some protein.

To make it extra delicious, I like to add a little bit of chopped cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice before serving.

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Arroz de Tomate)

Why not try something different tonight and serve this delicious Portuguese Tomato Rice as a side dish?

It’s so simple to make and can easily be tailored to your liking – add in some extra vegetables, spice it up with some chili peppers, or keep it simple with just tomatoes and rice.

And it’s not just a side dish – this tomato rice is hearty enough to be a meal on its own!

Creamy Garlic Butter Parmesan Rice

Creamy, dreamy and full of flavor, this garlic butter parmesan rice is a total winner!

It’s the perfect accompaniment to any main dish, but I especially love it with grilled chicken or fish.

Best of all, it can be made in just one pot for easy cleanup.

Toasted Brown Rice with Mushrooms

Mushrooms have always been one of my favorite ingredients.

I love their umami flavor and texture, and they’re so versatile.

This dish is my go-to when I’m looking for something quick, easy, and delicious.

It’s packed with flavor and has a great mix of textures.

Here are a few ways I like to make this dish even more delicious:

  • Add some chopped green onions for a fresh flavor
  • Use vegetable broth instead of water for even more flavor
  • Add a few tablespoons of soy sauce or tamari for a savory boost
  • Finish with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds

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Stick of Butter Rice

Stick of Butter Rice is a buttery, casserole-like side dish, made with white rice, chicken broth, and a stick of butter.

There are a few things that can really take this dish up a notch.

  • First, try using brown rice instead of white rice. It adds a nutty flavor and nice chewy texture.
  • Second, swap out the chicken broth for beef or vegetable broth. This will give the rice a richer flavor.
  • Finally, add some sautéed vegetables, like mushrooms, onions, or peppers. This will make the dish even more hearty and filling.

Best Mexican Rice

I love Mexican food, and one of my favorite side dishes is Mexican rice.

I like to make it extra delicious by adding freshly chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.


This dish is so versatile – it can be a side dish or a main course, depending on how you dress it up.

Add some black beans and shredded chicken for a complete meal, or keep it simple as a side.

Either way, it’s sure to please!

Hawaiian Pineapple Rice

How about some exotic flair tonight? This Hawaiian pineapple rice is just the ticket.

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The sweetness of the pineapple pairs perfectly with the rice, and it’s such a fun dish to serve up.

I like to add a little bit of spice with some red pepper flakes, or you could even add in some shredded chicken for a complete meal.

Better Than Take-Out Fried Rice

Instead of going the easy route and ordering take-out, try your hand at this easy fried rice recipe.

It’s packed with veggies and so much more flavorful (and healthier!) than anything you could get from a restaurant.

One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it’s completely customizable.

Use whatever veggies you have on hand, and swap out the rice for quinoa or cauliflower rice to make it gluten-free or low-carb.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to make this dish even better:

  • Add some spice with a teaspoon of sriracha or a diced jalapeño.
  • Make it cheesy with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar or Parmesan on top.
  • Mix in some cooked chicken, shrimp, or tofu for extra protein.
  • Stir in a handful of frozen peas or corn for extra color and sweetness.
  • Top with a fried egg for an extra-special touch.

Vegan Cabbage and Rice

For all of my vegan friends, this dish is for you!

Cabbage and rice is a fantastic side dish that is not only delicious, but also budget-friendly and review.

There are so many ways to make this dish your own, but my favorite way is to add in some vegan sausage crumbles to really give it some extra flavor.

Another great way to switch things up is to add in your favorite color of cabbage for a fun presentation.

Red cabbage is always a great option!

Lemon Butter Rice

I love how lemon butter rice is so versatile.

You can serve it with almost any protein and it makes a great side dish for a weeknight meal or a dinner party.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to make this dish even more delicious:

  • Add in some sautéed mushrooms, green onions, and garlic for an extra flavor boost.
  • Stir in some Parmesan cheese and freshly chopped parsley before serving.
  • For a truly decadent dish, stir in some cooked lobster or shrimp.

Mediterranean Yellow Rice Pilaf

Why not add some beautiful yellow color to your pork chop plate with this delicious and healthy Mediterranean yellow rice pilaf?

This rice dish is infused with flavorful garlic, fresh lemon juice, and zesty herbs.

For extra protein, add in some grilled chicken or shrimp.

For veggies, mix in some sautéed spinach or roasted red peppers.

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Greek Lemon Rice

Greece is known for its beautiful coastline and tasty food, and this Greek lemon rice is the perfect example of why!

The rice is cooked in chicken broth and then seasoned with garlic, lemon juice, and oregano.

It’s the perfect side dish to any Greek entree, but I especially love it with pork chops.

Chicken Flavored Rice

I know this sounds a little odd, but trust me when I say that chicken-flavored rice is an amazing side dish.

It’s so versatile and really easy to make, plus it goes with just about everything.

I like to add a little extra chicken flavor by stirring in some cooked, shredded chicken.

Or, for an extra cheesy version, stir in some shredded cheddar cheese.

Either way, this chicken-flavored rice is sure to be a hit!

Jeweled Persian Rice Pilaf

I love Persian rice pilaf because it’s so flavorful and colorful.

It’s the perfect side dish for pork chops, and there are a few ways you can make it extra delicious.

  • First, I like to add saffron to the rice while it’s cooking. This gives the rice a beautiful golden color and a slightly sweet flavor.
  • Second, I like to add dried fruit to the rice before serving. This adds a lovely sweetness and a bit of luxury to the dish.
  • Third, I like to garnish the rice with chopped nuts and fresh herbs before serving. This gives it a nice crunch and a beautiful presentation.

Turmeric Rice

If you want to try something special with your pork chops tonight, then make sure to try my turmeric rice recipe!

This rice dish is subtly flavoured with turmeric and cumin, and it’s so easy to make.

Here are a few ways I like to make this side dish extra delicious:

  • Add some chopped fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for extra flavour.
  • Stir in some cooked peas or corn for added texture and colour.
  • Top with crispy fried onions or shallots for a crunchy garnish.

Chili lime rice

Although side dishes for pork chops can be hard to find, chili lime rice is the perfect accompaniment.

This dish takes less than 30 minutes to make, so it’s perfect for busy weeknights.

I love to add extra lime juice and cilantro to my chili lime rice for an extra zesty flavor.

Adding a dollop of sour cream on top is also delicious.

Cajun Rice Recipe (Louisiana-Style Rice)

Ah, Cajun Rice.

This is a dish near and dear to my heart, as it was something my mom would make for us often growing up.

It’s a Louisiana classic, and for good reason – it’s absolutely delicious.

There are so many different ways to make cajun rice, but the basic tenets arealways the same: rice, some sort of protein (usually sausage or shrimp), and a whole lot of flavor.

I like to add extra vegetables to my cajun rice, like bell peppers or diced tomatoes.

And while traditional cajun rice is made with white rice, I prefer to use brown rice for a little extra fiber and nutrition.

This dish is hearty and filling, but still light enough that it pairs well with pork chops.

Dirty Rice

Dirty rice is Southern comfort food at its finest. It’s easy to make, and it’s packed with flavor.

There are a few different ways you can make dirty rice, but my favorite is with chicken livers.

They add a richness and depth of flavor that takes this dish over the top.

You can also add smoked sausage or ground pork to the rice for an even heartier dish.

Either way, you’re going to love this easy side dish.

Basmati Rice Salad with Mint and Edamame

Salads are a great way to add color, flavor, and texture to your meals, and this Basmati Rice Salad is a perfect example.

It’s packed with fresh mint, edamame, and tomatoes for a bright and flavorful dish that’s perfect for any meal.

This salad can be served as a side or main course, and it’s easily customizable to your liking.

Add grilled chicken or shrimp to make it a heartier meal, or keep it vegetarian for a lighter option.

The Best Sour Cream Rice

Unique, special, and downright delicious, this sour cream rice is the perfect way to round out a pork chop dinner.

Buttery, creamy, and slightly tangy, it’s hard to resist going back for seconds (or thirds!).

Best of all, this dish can easily be made ahead of time.

Simply reheat and serve when you’re ready to eat.

Rice Side Dishes for Pork Chops

28 Easy Rice Sides for Pork Chops

Pork chops are surely delicious on their own, but they're even better when they're served with a delicious side of rice.
In this blog post, we'll share 28 easy rice sides that are sure to complement your pork chops perfectly.
From simple and healthy options to more indulgent fare, there's sure to be a recipe here that will please everyone at your table.
So go ahead and give pork chops a try tonight, and be sure to serve them with one of these delicious rice sides.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 401 kcal


  • Herb Lemon Rice
  • Garlic Butter Rice
  • Spanish Rice and Beans
  • Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice
  • Cheesy Broccoli Rice
  • EASY and Flavorful Ranch Rice
  • Easy Rice Pilaf
  • Simple Asian Rice
  • Black Beans and Cilantro-Lime Rice
  • Portuguese Tomato Rice (Arroz de Tomate)
  • Creamy Garlic Butter Parmesan Rice
  • Toasted Brown Rice with Mushrooms
  • Stick of Butter Rice
  • Best Mexican Rice
  • Hawaiian Pineapple Rice
  • Better Than Take-Out Fried Rice
  • Vegan Cabbage and Rice
  • Lemon Butter Rice
  • Mediterranean Yellow Rice Pilaf
  • Greek Lemon Rice
  • Chicken Flavored Rice
  • Jeweled Persian Rice Pilaf
  • Turmeric Rice
  • Chili lime rice
  • Cajun Rice Recipe (Louisiana-Style Rice)
  • Dirty Rice
  • Basmati Rice Salad with Mint and Edamame
  • The Best Sour Cream Rice


  • Pick any of the sides from this list to serve with your pork chops.
  • Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
  • Enjoy in no time!
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