Sneak Preview: Cilantro and Rice with Hominy is a side dish of jasmine or basmati rice, cooked in chicken broth with hominy, cilantro, and butter added.
This easy rice recipe prepared with a rice cooker is perfect for at least three occasions:
- When you can smell the scent of meat on the barbecue outside–it’s a delicious wingman that won’t try to steal the show.
- When you are cooking for children–it’s mildly-flavored and easy for them to pick out anything they don’t want to eat.
- After you’ve been sick and your appetite is not yet 100%. This dish is easy to digest and not spicy.
No rice cooker? No problem. You can make this recipe on top of the stove or use an Instant Pot.
You will find this recipe for Cilantro Rice with Hominy behind the comfort food tab in my personal cookbook. It’s right up there with Rotisserie Chicken and Mushroom Chowder for a not-so-good kind of day.
Thanks to my brother-in-law who shared this simple recipe. He always serves it with grilled pork tenderloins.
Do I really need a rice cooker?
Many of us are short on storage space, so any addition to our kitchen arsenal has to meet certain criteria. These are my requirements:
- Saves time: I’m not referring specifically to actual cooking time, but hands-on watching-carefully kind of time.
- Easy to clean: It must be wipe-downable or even better, dishwasher-safe. Lots of pieces that must be disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled are a negative.
- Multi-purpose: I must have several favorite recipes that use it.
- A timer: It it’s a cooking appliance, a warmer option at the end of cooking earns extra points.
A rice cooker ticks all those boxes for me. A good rice cooker can be expensive, but it cooks better and is more versatile than a cheap aluminum one with a glass lid.
Many people will say it’s not that hard to cook rice on the stove. True. But it requires more attention than I seem to possess.
One of the best things about it: The inner cooking pot is heavy enough to use on top of the stove. This saves time when I want to lightly brown the rice before cooking it, like in this recipe and when I make Mexican rice.
A couple of other things I like:
- The set-it-and-forget-it feature that automatically switches to a warm setting
- The way it cooks brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, and steel-cut oats
Ingredients and Substitutions:
- RICE: Jasmine or basmati is my rice of choice for this recipe. Long-grain rice would also work.
Are you wondering about the difference between jasmine and basmati rice? They both smell like popcorn as you cook it.
According to Cook’s Illustrated, “The basmati grains remain distinct and maintain their long, slim shape. The jasmine rice has a plush, moist texture; its grains collect in delicate clumps, perfect for eating with chopsticks.”
- CHICKEN BROTH: Homemade chicken broth is the best, of course. But if you use a lot of cilantro and butter, you won’t much notice what kind of broth you used. I usually use bouillon and reconstitute it with hot water.
- GOLDEN HOMINY: What is hominy? Not the same as grits. “Hominy is made from whole corn kernels that have been soaked in a lye or lime solution to soften the tough outer hulls. The kernels are then washed to remove the excess solution, the hull, and often the germ.”
When you go to the store, you may notice white hominy in addition to yellow hominy. The color of the hominy depends on the color of the corn used. Some people think the yellow is slightly sweeter. I always use yellow hominy because of the color. White would be boring in white rice.
- BUTTER: Be as generous as your conscience will allow. There are no substitutes in my book.
- CILANTRO: Fresh cilantro is the only way to go. Chop up the leaves and tender stems as well. If you’re not a cilantro lover, substitute parsley. But then you have to change the name of the dish. 🙂
- SALT: I always use Kosher salt. I hesitate to list a specific amount of salt because of the variations in the salt content of chicken broth. I would start with 1/2 teaspoon and add more if you use a low-sodium broth or homemade broth.
Can I make this ahead?
Yes, but wait to add the cilantro until you are ready to serve. It will turn dark if added too early.
Can I freeze this recipe?
Yes. If you want to make a large batch so that you have leftovers to freeze, it’s best to hold the cilantro until right before serving.
How To Make Buttery Cilantro Rice with Hominy in a Rice Cooker:
A rice cooker is not essential for this recipe. You could also use an Instant Pot, or cook the rice on the stove in a saucepan. After browning the rice in oil, follow the directions in your Instant Pot manual, or use the cooking directions on the package of rice substituting chicken broth for the water.
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p.s. If you have any questions or suggestions, you can email me privately: paula at saladinajar.com.