Spanish-Style Rice

This is an excellent side with a great steak. It can be made in advance and then reheated just before serving time.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1⁄2 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 small jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped roasted red pepper
  • 4 medium plum tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 10 large green Spanish olives
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper


  • Bring the water to a boil and add the salt and the rice. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, about 25 minutes.
  • While the rice is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion, garlic, and hot peppers. Sauté over low heat for 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in roasted pepper, tomatoes, lemon zest, olives, and black pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add vegetable mixture to the hot rice and serve.