Golden Rice Bowls

$7.40 recipe / $1.23 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.82 from 22 votes
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I was talking with a friend recently who was so excited to be finally getting stove in the house that he’s been remodeling and living in. So I asked, “What is the first thing you’re going to cook?” “Rice. Lots of rice.” he replied. Of course. It’s so easy to take simple food for granted. I love simple food because it’s easy to make and subtle flavors are not lost in complicated cooking processes or long ingredient lists.

So, I decided to go back to my roots for this one and prepare a simple yet filling bowl of Yellow Jasmine Rice, quick sauteed spinach, and a hearty egg. It’s awesome. The yellow jasmine rice really makes this recipe special. It’s one of my favorite recipes and I’m happy to be able to use it in a new way.

To make this recipe last throughout the week, I filled single serving containers with the cooked rice, added a scoop of the sauteed spinach and either cooked an egg fresh when I was ready to eat, or I pre-fried an egg and just reheated it all together in the microwave. The reheated bowls that had a pre-cooked egg didn’t have that nice runny yolk that almost acts as a creamy sauce, but they were still delish.

Golden Rice Bowls

Top view of a Golden Rice Bowl with a fork on the side

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golden rice bowls

4.82 from 22 votes
Fragrant seasoned jasmine rice with garlic sautéed spinach and a fried egg makes a flavorful and simple weeknight meal. 
Servings 6
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 55 minutes
Total 1 hour



  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.15)
  • 1 small yellow onion ($0.32)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 2 cups uncooked jasmine rice ($0.88)
  • 1 tsp turmeric ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin ($0.03)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon ($0.02)
  • 1 whole bay leaf ($0.15)
  • 3 cups chicken broth* ($0.27)


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 16 oz bag spinach ($3.49)
  • to taste salt and pepper ($0.05)


  • 6 large eggs ($1.35)

TOTAL $7.40


    • Begin the rice first because it will take the longest to cook. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Saute onion and garlic with butter in a medium pot over medium-low heat until the onions are soft and transparent (3-5 minutes). Add the dry rice, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon. Stir and cook these ingredients for about 3 minutes more to toast the dry rice and spices. You should hear it crackling a little as it cooks. Make sure to stir often so that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pot.
    • Add the chicken broth and bay leaf to the pot. Place a lid on top and turn the heat up to high. Let the pot come up to a full rolling boil and then turn the heat down to low. Let the pot simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the heat off and let the pot sit for an additional 20 minutes without removing the lid or stirring the pot. After the final 20 minutes, fluff the rice with a fork.
    • When the rice is close to being done, prepare the sauteed spinach. Mince a clove of garlic and add it to a very large pot along with the olive oil. Saute the garlic for 1-2 minutes over medium heat, or just until becomes soft and fragrant. Add the fresh spinach and saute for about 3 minutes, or just until the spinach has wilted. Season the spinach with salt and pepper to taste. Fry six eggs.
    • To serve, add about one cup of warm rice to a bowl, add 1/2 cup of the sauteed spinach, and then top it off with a fried egg. Hot sauce adds a nice kick to this dish, too.

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    *I use Better Than Bouillon concentrate to make my broth.


    Serving: 1ServingCalories: 391.72kcalCarbohydrates: 54.03gProtein: 13.27gFat: 13.72gSodium: 723.93mgFiber: 2.1g
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    Siracha being poured on top of Golden Rice Bowl
    Don’t act like you didn’t see the sriracha coming…

    Step By Step Photos

    onion, garlic and butter in pot
    Star with a diced onion and some minced garlic in a medium pot with butter. Saute these ingredients for a few minutes over medium-low heat until the onions are soft and transparent.

    dry rice and spices added to pot
    Then add the dry rice, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon.

    toasted rice in pot being stirred with wooden spoon
    Stir and cook these ingredients for a few minutes before adding any liquid. This will toast the rice and the spices, which adds more flavor. You should hear the rice crackling and popping a little. Make sure to keep stirring so that it doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pot.

    broth and bay leaf added to pot with rice and other ingredients
    Finally, add the broth and bay leaf. Put a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to high, and let the pot come up to a full boil. As soon as it reaches a full boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer with the lid in place for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the heat off and let it sit, without removing the lid or stirring, for an additional 20 minutes.

    fluffed rice in pot on stove top
    After sitting for 20 minutes with the heat turned off, lift the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.

    garlic and olive oil in pot
    When the rice is close to finished cooking, start the spinach. Mince a couple more cloves of garlic and saute them in olive oil for 1-2 minutes, or until it just becomes soft and very fragrant. You’ll want to use a very large pot so that you can stir the spinach without it spilling out all over.

    bag of spinach
    I used a large 16 ounce bag of spinach. These large bags of “cooking spinach” are usually a much better deal than the small salad sized bags of spinach. This huge bag will cook down to just a few cups.

    spinach added to garlic and onion in pot and cooked down
    Add the fresh spinach to the pot with the garlic and olive oil. Stir and cook for a few minutes or until the spinach is fully wilted. This happens pretty fast. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Golden Rice Bowls (rice topped with spinach and fried egg) with a fork on the side
    Fry up six eggs (or soft boil them) and then build your bowls. 1 cup rice, about a 1/2 cup of spinach and one perfect egg.

    Finished golden rice bowl with Siracha on top
    In my house where there are eggs there is sriracha!

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    1. My daughter and I eat this at least twice a month and it’s always just as  scrumptious as it was the first time! 

    2. This recipe is so delicious and easy. I made it for my lunch for the week. I soft boiled the eggs and kept them in the shell in my lunch container. While the rice and spinach were in the microwave, I warmed up the egg in a mug of hot water from the water cooler at work. The egg was warm, but not too hot to peel, and the yolk stayed runny so I got that nice sauce for my rice and spinach.

    3. Does the rice have to be rinsed or washed at all?? I rinsed it and it came our mushy but I thought we always have to wash it?  Any help plz?

      1. Recipetin eats (sorry for mentioning other bloggers) says you only need to rinse rice if buying from a bulk bin (pre packed don’t need rinsing). She also says if you do rinse rice, use 2tbsp less water. In my experience, mushy rice comes from being overcooked (try 15 minutes simmer plus 10 minutes steam next time) or soaking up excess water during the steaming step. Hope that helps