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Cilantro and Hominy Rice: A Side Dish for Pork or Tex-Mex

Cilantro and Hominy Rice is a comforting side dish of jasmine or basmati rice, cooked in chicken broth with hominy, cilantro, and butter added at the end.


Why rice can help you feel better:

You will find this recipe 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.  

If you have been sick, this simple dish seems to have restorative and magical powers.

Actually, now that I think about it, rice is part of the BRAT diet (R stands for rice) recommended for treating people with an upset stomach, especially children. So you can see, I’m not just making this up.

A Note about Cilantro and Hominy Rice in regards to Cilantro-Haters:

Cilantro is polarizing. Have you noticed?

Seems like people love it or hate it. I suppose you could substitute other herbs for the cilantro, but then you must call it something else. After all, cilantro is the main flavor in this mild rice dish.

Thanks to my brother-in-law, Tom, for the recipe. I think of him every time I make it. Along with my sister-in-law, they have put out many delicious spreads for our family celebrations, often including this rice along with their fabulous grilled pork tenderloin.

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Cilantro and Hominy Rice--a side dish you'll want to try with pork or Mexican food

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Cilantro and Hominy Rice

Cilantro and Hominy Rice

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A side dish of jasmine or basmati rice, cooked in chicken broth with hominy, cilantro, and butter added.


  • 2 cups Jasmine, Basmati, or long grain rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 ounce can golden hominy, drained
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare rice according to package using chicken broth (the richer the better) instead of plain water. Amount depends on how many servings are desired but start with at least 2 cups uncooked rice. Or use a rice cooker--my preference.
  2. When rice is cooked and tender, add hominy, butter, salt and pepper. Add cilantro just before serving.
  3. Season to your own tastes. Freezes amazingly well.


If you have any trouble cooking rice to your satisfaction, you need a rice cooker. It is fool-proof, cooks on a timer and clean-up is easy. What else could you ask for? Oh wait. I just thought of something else. You could ask for a warming cycle to keep it warm for hours, if necessary. No problem with a rice cooker.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 949mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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Monday 26th of October 2009

Great recipe! I am glad at least for this recipe that you made the leap for hominy.


Monday 26th of October 2009

this is one of my favorites! yum!