Bob’s Red Mill Short Grain White Rice Think of this as a blank canvas. The plump, almost round kernels have a pure flavor—ideal alongside roast chicken or folded into burritos.
To buy: $2.90 for 27 ounces, at supermarkets.
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Goya Organic Long Grain Rice Tender long-grains cook up light and separate (not chewy, like short-grains) and have a mild, balanced taste. Use this winner in pilafs, stir into soups, or simply serve warm with a pat of butter.
To buy: $5 for 32 ounces, at supermarkets.
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365 Everyday Value Organic Short Grain Brown Rice This healthy favorite is a versatile player in stir-fries or alongside your favorite fillet of fish. Expect a buttery taste and a hearty bite that comes from the fiber-rich outer layer of the kernel.
To buy: $4 for 32 ounces, Whole Foods Market.
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Bob’s Red Mill Long Grain Brown Rice This flavorful long-grain brown (its length is about three times its width) has a distinct, downy texture similar to white rice’s. Pair it with family favorites, like salmon or chicken Marsala.
To buy: $3.30 for 27 ounces, at supermarkets.
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Best Specialty Rices
Alter Eco Organic Hom Mali Jasmine Rice Jasmine rice is named for the flower because of its sweet, subtle smell. This fragrant winner stood out for its soft, moist kernels. Serve with strongly flavored dishes and grilled meat.
To buy: $4.40 for 16 ounces, at supermarkets.
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Trader Joe’s Organic Basmati Rice These pillowy grains, which hail from India, have a floral aroma that wafts through your kitchen as they cook. Traditionally paired with curries, this also complements vegetable stews and steak.
To buy: $4 for 32 ounces, Trader Joe’s.
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Bob’s Red Mill Long Grain Basmati Brown Rice Finally, tikka masala meets its whole-grain match: firm enough to stand up to the sauces and flavors of creamy or spicy Indian dishes, but never crunchy or tough, like some brands.
To buy: $4.10 for 27 ounces, at supermarkets.
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365 Everyday Value Arborio White Rice Frequent stirring can cause some risotto rices to become gummy. These grains maintained their shape and bite after lots of swirling with a wooden spoon.
To buy: $2.80 for 16 ounces, Whole Foods Market.
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Lotus Foods Heirloom Bhutan Red Rice Bowl guests over with this luscious, garnet-colored beauty, which cooks up faster than brown rice does and packs an even bigger nutritional punch.
To buy: $4.40 for 15 ounces, at supermarkets.
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Lundberg Family Farms Black Pearl Rice This inky whole grain, once associated with Asian royalty, gets its dramatic color from anthocyanins (compounds thought to prevent disease). Transform it into fried rice or a luxurious pudding.
To buy: $4.50 for 16 ounces, at supermarkets.
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365 Everyday Value Wild Rice Wild rice is actually a seed, but it’s cooked just like rice (and sold in the same supermarket aisle). This pick beat out bland rivals with its rich tint and firm structure, which didn’t split after steaming. Toss it into salads for bulk, or add it to rice casseroles for extra flavor and texture.
To buy: $6.30 for 14 ounces, Whole Foods Market.
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Lundberg Family Farms Wild Blend Rice Most manufacturers cut costs by adding just a sprinkling of wild rice to white. Not here: This rich mix includes brown, black, and red varieties. It’s a quick-cooking whole-grain meal booster—great with fish or stuffed into bell peppers.