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Close up picture of Greek rice with lemon slices, pepper, a sprig of thyme and a bay leaf.
5 from 12 votes

Easy Greek Rice

A delicious Greek rice dish, all made in one pot, fragrant with lemon and herbs.
Servings: 6 people (as a side)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins


Stovetop Method

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 cup long grain white rice - 200 g
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ sp dried oregano
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or broth - just under 500 ml
  • 2 lemons - 1 juiced and zested, one sliced
  • salt and pepper - to taste

Instant Pot / Electric Pressure Cooker Method

  • All ingredients as above except from the stock or broth, which is halved to one cup / 240 ml.


Stove Top Method

  • Peel and chop the onion and garlic.
  • Put the oil in a pan – I like to use a shallow casserole dish with a close fitting lid. Add the onion with some pepper and salt.
  • Sauté over a low heat, stirring all the time. After a couple of minutes, add the garlic. You want the onion just starting to turn golden. This will take about 4–5 minutes.  
  • Add the rice and the herbs. Stir and cook for a minute, so that the grains are coated with the oil. 
  • Pour the stock over the rice. Pour over the lemon juice and stir in. Add two slices of lemon Then put the lid on the pan securely. Cook on the lowest heat for 18 minutes.  
  • After 18 minutes, take the pan off the stove top and leave for another 5 minutes to rest. Garnish with the lemon zest and extra herbs before serving.

Instant Pot / Electric Pressure Cooker Method

  • Set the sauté function. Add the oil, chopped onion and garlic, and some pepper and salt. Then fry, stirring all the time until the onion is golden. 
  • Cancel sauté. Add the rice and stir to coat with the oil. Fry gently for a minute, using the residual heat in the pot. 
  • Add the rest of the ingredients – the stock, lemon juice and slices, and herbs. Stir well.   
  • Put the lid on the pot and seal. Pressure cook on high for three minutes, leaving 'keep warm' switched on. After cooking, allow natural pressure release (NPR) for 18 minutes. Release any remaining pressure (there will be very little, if any) before removing the lid. 

To Serve

  • Fluff the rice, ganish with some fresh oregano and grated lemon zest.


  • I cook rice in a heavy cast-iron casserole dish or Dutch oven. Any heavy sauce pan will do.
  • Use a pan with a lid that fits. If the lid doesn't fit properly, some of the steam will escape. This can result in dry rice. If the lid isn't tight, add an extra spoonful of water.
  • Cook on the lowest heat. If necessary, use a stove top heat diffuser or simmer ring. These cost very little and will last and last.
  • Don't peek. Let the rice do its thing. If you let the steam escape, it will alter the rice to water ratio.
  • To make this dish even faster, chop up a double batch of onion and garlic, pop in a plastic tub, and freeze. You can then fry the onion from frozen the next time you make it.
  • Add more vegetables. I am a huge fan of adding as much Extra Veg as you can to a meal. Blanch and stir through some leafy greens just before serving.
  • Make this more substantial by serving with a handful of crumbled feta
  • Once cold pack leftovers into plastic tubs and store in the fridge and use within 48 hours. Reheat until piping hot all the way through before serving.    
  • Leftovers can also be frozen, defrost and again ensure that are hot throughout before serving. 
  • Quantities for Instant Pot / electric pressure cooker can be increased, but not reduced. 
Nutritional Information 
  • This recipe is 9 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion 
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg