Mint Rice with Feta Cheese

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Mint and Feta Cheese Rice is a simple side dish with a huge flavor profile. You can serve it with roasted salmon, grilled chicken, shrimp, beef, or lamb.

Mint rice is a perfect recipe to add to your menu rotation. Make a big batch early in the week and add it to your favorite lunch and dinner recipes.

Mint Rice with shrimp and a wedge of lemon.

About mint rice

With just a few ingredients like rice, onion, mint, and feta cheese you’ll create a side dish that is fun to make as it is delicious to serve and eat.

Although originally it’s a side dish, you can easily transform it into a quick lunch. One of my favorite ways is to top it with some shrimp and serve it with a slice of lemon.

Still hungry? Add a slice of warm pita for a delicious, nutritious, healthy lunch.

It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I actually love to snack on the leftovers cold or at room temperature. The mint and feta cheese combine beautifully the taste are just incredibly delicious.


How To Make Mint Rice


  1. Peel and chop the onion and garlic. Mince the mint and cut the feta cheese into 1/4 inch cubes (or use crumbled feta).
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Combine garlic and onions and sauté until soft – about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add chicken (or vegetable) broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the liquid has completely dissolved – about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the rice from the heat and use a fork to fluff the rice. Add the minced fresh mint and chopped feta cheese. Salt to taste. – Serve and enjoy
Fluffy rice just before adding the fresh mint and the cubed feta cheese.

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Tips for Making Mint Rice

Mince the fresh mint very finely. I’ve purposely cut larger pieces when I photographed the recipe.

Once the fresh mint comes in contact with the hot rice, the mint will turn a few shades darker.

This recipe works great with grilled chicken, roasted salmon, and for a middle-eastern touch, serve it with cubed lamb.

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Mint Rice

This mint and feta cheese rice is simple delicious. Perfect as a side dish.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, mint
SERVINGS: 6 people
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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  • 1 cup rice basmati
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 16 ounces broth chicken or vegetable
  • ½ cup Feta cheese diced
  • 3 tablespoons mint minced


  • Heat olive oil in a medium sized Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions and minced garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes until the onions and garlic are translucent and soft.
  • Add rice and cook for one minute. Add (chicken or vegetable) broth and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes or until all the liquids have dissolved.
  • Meanwhile finely mince fresh mint and cut the Feta cheese into 1/4 inch cubes.
  • Remove the rice from the oven and use a fork to fluff the rice. Add minced mint and Feta cheese and combine well. – Serve and Enjoy.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg
Mint and Feta cheese rice is perfect as a side dish. Top it with shrimp and you've got perfect lunch.
Updated: May 20, 2020

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11 thoughts on “Mint Rice with Feta Cheese”

  1. 5 stars
    Ah, the combination of mint and feta is amazing! I just love those two flavors… And adding them to rice makes the latter the perfect side to so many dishes!

  2. 5 stars
    Feta is a staple in our house, and I actually love it with rice. I never thought to add fresh mint. The flavour profile sounds delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    Mint rice is a popular recipe in India, but we add a lot more spices that sort of tones down the flavor of mint. I like this simple recipe and love the idea of using feta cheese. They will pair so well!

    • I didn’t know that! I love Indian food and yes adding more spices would definitely be a great way to expand and play with this dish. That’s a great suggestion. Thank you, Sandhya! 🙂

  4. I love how simple this recipe is but I really appreciate that it doesn’t lack flavor. This is perfect!