15 minute Lemon Parmesan Brown Rice

Quick 15 minute Lemon Parmesan Brown Rice. A healthy side dish made with fresh squeezed lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

15 minute Lemon Parmesan Brown Rice

It’s not easy to get excited over a side dish. But this one is worth it. Only a few ingredients are needed to make this healthy brown rice.

Brown rice is now a staple in my kitchen. It is easier for your stomach to digest and unlike white rice has a quicker cooking time. Brown rice has a wonderfully nutty flavor and a nice bite.

I added fresh squeezed lemon juice, chopped parsley, olive oil and Parmesan cheese to the cooked rice. Season with salt and pepper and your done! How easy is that? 

Lemon Parmesan Brown Rice

Brown rice also known as the “unrefined” version of white rice is loaded with health benefits. 1 cup of brown rice equals 5g of protein and 4g of fiber! Brown rice has much more fiber and nutrients than white.

To shorten the cooking time I used 2 bags of Boil in a Bag whole grain Brown Rice which I cooked on the stove top. You can use regular brown rice but it will take about 30 minutes to cook. You can also microwave brown rice which only takes 15 minutes! Steal. If you do use uncooked brown rice make sure to rinse well and drain before boiling. Add some chicken or vegetable stock to the liquid for some flavor. I like to cook my brown rice to al-dente. 

Easy brown rice recipe

This 15 minute Lemon Parmesan Brown Rice could not be easier to make. Simply toss together lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, cheese, salt and pepper while the rice is cooking. When the rice is done toss everything together and you have a quick and healthy side dish.

Serve alongside fish, chicken or grilled vegetables.

If you like this rice you will love my Cilantro Lime Brown Rice.

lemon brown rice recipe

Craving more brown rice recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

Vegetable Fried Rice

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice 

View all of my side dish recipes.

Lemon Parmesan Brown Rice

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Quick 15 minute Lemon Parmesan Brown Rice. A healthy side dish made with fresh squeezed lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.


  • 4 cups boil in a bag brown rice 2 packages
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese


  1. Boil rice per package instructions. The Uncle Ben's version I purchased took about 8-10 minutes for al-dente. (Please note these cooking times are for the boil in a bag brown rice. Uncooked brown rice takes about 30 minutes on the stove top and 15 minutes in the microwave).
  2. While the rice is cooking add the lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, pepper, salt and Parmesan cheese to a medium bowl.
  3. Add the cooked rice into the dressing mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Garnish with extra Parmesan cheese and parsley if desired.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe from chefsavvy.com. Please do not publish my recipe or pictures without linking back to the original post. Thank you!


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  • What a lovely recipe. My kids have been turning up their noses at brown rice lately, but this recipe (especially since it has CHEESE!) looks really nice, and I think it would get their approval. Bookmarking to try soon.

  • Judith Cryderman

    I loved this as a side dish when I served it with baked salmon.. I did add some celery to mine as well!!! Yummy

  • Tammy

    This was an excellent recipe!!!! Everyone one in my family loved it! It was our first time having brown rice over white rice! This recipe is a definite keeper!

  • Laura

    Hey Kelley! Looking forward to trying this recipe. Do you use a block of parmesan cheese and coarse grate it yourself? Or would shredded parmesan work as well?


    • Hi Laura,

      For this recipe I used pre-grated parmesan cheese but you can grate it from a block as well. Whatever is easier for you!

      Thanks & Enjoy!


  • Elisha Cole

    If I wanted to do it in a rice cooker, what ingredients (besides the rice and water, of course) do I need to put in the cooker while the rice is cooking and what do I need to leave out?

    • Hi Elisha,

      I would just cook the water and rice in the slow cooker. When the rice is done I would drain the water and toss the rice with the rest of the ingredients.

      Thank you!


  • Bethany

    Perfect side dish to a lemon garlic pork roast! I used traditional rice and added a little garlic pepper to mimic roast flavors. Love it it cooked in the same time as roast so everything was ready to go all at one time!!

  • Elaine

    How much uncooked brown rice do I use if I am NOT using the quick cooking type?