How to Present Rice in Dishes

Updated April 17, 2017

Rice makes the perfect side dish for a wide variety of meals because it can be flavoured to complement a number of different foods and it is cheap and fast to make. You can prepare rice quickly from a box with a spice packet already included or you can flavour your own for a delicious taste that you created yourself. After the rice is cooked, you can experiment with it in many different ways to make for an eye-catching and classy presentation.

Cook the rice according to package directions.

Remove rice from pot and spoon onto a plate in a round shape.

Place one piece of chicken, fish or other main dish in the centre of the rice.

Drizzle a sauce of your choice on top.

Top with basil leaves, mint leaves or other fresh herbs for a nice touch.


You can use any kind of sauce to give the rice a colourful and splashy presentation, as well as add a burst of flavour to the dish. The best option is to choose one that complements the main dish that you chose. For example, if you are having chicken with your rice, use a tomato-based sauce, a raspberry vinaigrette or a French dressing marinade. For fish, something with mustard or wine pairs well with the other flavours.

Things You'll Need

  • Rice
  • Pot
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Chicken, fish or other main dish
  • Sauce
  • Fresh herbs
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Brittney Horwitz started writing professionally in 2009 when she became the editor of "Mother's Helper," a bimonthly magazine geared toward busy mothers in the New York metro area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and Judaic studies from Stern College.