2023 was a mouthwatering voyage of gastronomic discoveries. Within the always changing realm of culinary arts, the year was chock-full of innovative tastes and dining adventures. You may explore the most popular dishes of the year with Carolina® Rice. There are countless ways to make tasty meals with such a broad variety of recipes. Whether you’re preparing food for a big occasion, a weeknight meal, or just to try new flavors, the most popular recipes of 2023 won’t let you down. As we consider the best recipes of the year and anticipate all the new culinary delights in 2024, we hope to excite and inspire your passion for anything food-related.

Delectable Trends of 2023 

Flavors from the Island

2023 was a year all about island flavors, and a few of our best recipes follow suit. These flavors instantly bring to mind zesty citrus fruits, creamy coconuts, and juicy pineapples. The sweets from the tropics add a refreshing flavor to any cuisine. You may enjoy the unique ingredients and vibrant spices that define island food in addition to fruits.

Our Mango Sticky Rice is the epitome of an island delight. A decadent dessert traditionally eaten in Thailand and Laos, created with our aromatic Jasmine White Rice. Both street vendors and restaurants serve this dish in a variety of ways and it can be served with mango for dessert. Because you typically eat sticky rice with your fingers, the dish is named after this.

This tasty and very easy-to-make Cilantro Lime Rice is another great recipe made with our jasmine Thai rice. For lunch or dinner, it works well as an entrée or side dish. This dish will quickly become your go-to recipe on days when you need to prepare something quick and tasty. All of the things you’ll need, including olive oil, lime, and cilantro, are probably already in your kitchen. To make things easier and faster during the week, reheat a double batch.

Cilantro lime rice with jasmine
Cilantro Lime Rice

Finally, you should always have room for this traditional recipe of Coconut Rice Pudding on hand for dessert. Elevate your cuisine by adding seasonal, fresh fruits like mango, banana, and pineapple!


Recipes with Jasmine Rice

This is a flavorful, fluffy rice that comes with multiple recipe options from Carolina® Rice. We’re not shocked that one of our most well-liked recipes in 2023 was our Popped Rice dish! A favorite food of kids is popped or puffed rice. Discover all the ways you can make this timeless dish more special for breakfast, a meal garnish, or dessert by using the hashtag #Playwithyourfood.

Additionally popular at every table, our Cheesy Beef and Rice Empanadas were among the most searched-for recipes in 2023 with good reason. You may eat these hand-held pastries as a meal on their own to keep yourself satisfied and full. They come with spices, vegetables, ground beef, and Carolina® Jasmine Rice. These tasty morsels make great finger food for get-togethers and backyard barbecues, or they can be packed for a filling lunch. They may also be used as a simple party appetizer. Use ingredients like fresh salsa or pico de gallo, guacamole or avocado, chimichurri, Mexican crema, or classic sour cream when experimenting with your sauces.

All About Jasmine Rice 

Asian cuisines, such as Thai, Indian, and Cambodian, commonly use Thai jasmine rice because of its fluffy texture and fragrant, somewhat sweet flavor. But, you may use Carolina® jasmine rice in any recipe calling for regular white rice, such as fried rice, rice salad, fried chicken and rice, Thai or Indian curries, or any other meal with an Asian flair.

Basmati and Jasmine Rice Differences

While both basmati and jasmine rice are long-grain aromatic rice types, basmati has a larger cooking grain and cooks more slowly. Thai jasmine cooks with a soft, slightly sticky texture and a subtle buttery smell, making it perfect for dishes like Thai sticky rice with mango. Basmati rice has a fragrant, sweet scent and cooks to a fluffy, somewhat divided texture. 

Preparing Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot

You can use an instant pot to make Carolina® jasmine rice. Just add rice, water, and salt to an instant pot to get started. After a few minutes of high pressure cooking, turn down the heat to naturally release and let the rice absorb the water. Ensure that the instant pot is well ventilated before removing the rice.

#PlayWithYourFood and Jasmine Rice

The already aromatic flavor of Carolina® jasmine rice can be enhanced in a few different ways. Try adding some butter or olive oil to your rice while it’s heating up for a simple and quick way to flavor it.

For added color, you could also try adding some chopped vegetables, such as carrots or peas, to your jasmine rice. This is a great way to add more vegetables to your meals as well. Additionally, since jasmine rice is naturally soft, there’s no need to soak it.

Dinner Ideas: Innovative Recipes to Try

2023 was a creative year full of flavorful, robust creations. The pinnacle of this combo is our Mexican Rice and Quinoa with Shrimp. This one-pot miracle is a culinary masterpiece with flavors including spicy jalapeño peppers, fresh cilantro, succulent shrimp, jasmine rice, quinoa, and a vivid vegetable combination. A quick and easy dinner that is full and tasty.

Our simple recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice is another delectable dinner option that will win everyone over. It makes sense that this recipe was selected as a favorite for 2023! It takes about 35 minutes to prepare and voila!

Chicken tikka Masala with Carolina Basmati Rice
Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice

This simple recipe is ideal with its creamy coconut milk and a range of spices like ginger, paprika, curry, and garam masala. It’s perfection, with each bite of the aromatic basmati rice soaking up every bit of flavor from the creamy sauce.

Because it uses precooked chicken, this meal is a great way to use up leftover chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken. It is also a tasty way to use up any leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or other occasions.

Sweet Treats for Every Occasion

A meal wouldn’t be complete without dessert! Our Rice Atole dish was one of the most sought-after recipes in 2023. Did you give it a try yet? Our Almond Milk Rice Pudding is another popular choice. It’s dairy free, and delicious!

Almond Milk Rice Pudding

2024 Food Trend Predictions

While it will be difficult to surpass 2023’s culinary wonders, let’s look at some of the best food forecasts for 2024.

  • Cacao: You can make so much more with these seeds than just chocolate! Consider dry cacao or cacao water. 
  • Buckwheat: A wonderful addition to your pantry, it’s high in fiber!
  • Swicy: Recipes that combine your preferred sweet and spicy flavors together.
  • Novel Coffee Mixes: Were you aware that coffee with mushrooms existed?

For more inspiring recipe ideas, don’t forget to check out our recipe page. 

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