Hello Rice Cooker 101 readers! Today, I have a delicious and mouth-watering recipe to share with you – Persian Flounder Rice. This dish is a perfect combination of flavourful basmati rice, succulent flounder, and aromatic herbs and spices. With the help of your rice cooker, this recipe will be hassle-free and easy to prepare. So, let’s get started and create a mouth-watering masterpiece! We’ve made this persian flounder rice recipe easy to follow 👨‍🍳. If you’re looking for our favorite rice cookers to make this recipe, check out our list of top rice cookers here.

persian flounder rice ingredients


  • 1 lb flounder fillets
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Wash the rice and soak it in cold water for 30 minutes.
  3. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  5. Add the turmeric, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the pot and stir well.
  6. Drain the rice and add it to the pot along with the 3 cups of water.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste, and stir well.
  8. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover with a tight-fitting lid.
  9. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked.
  10. Meanwhile, season the flounder fillets with salt and pepper.
  11. Place the fillets on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through.
  12. When the rice is cooked, remove from heat and stir in the raisins.
  13. Serve the flounder over the rice garnished with the toasted slivered almonds.

persian flounder rice

How long does persian flounder rice last in the fridge?

Persian flounder rice can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days after cooking. It is important to store the rice in an airtight container to prevent bacteria growth. Before storing, the rice should be allowed to cool down to room temperature and then placed in the fridge within two hours of cooking. When reheating the rice, it is important to make sure it reaches a temperature of 165°F (74°C) to kill any potential bacteria that may have grown during storage. It is not recommended to freeze Persian flounder rice as it may affect the texture and quality of the dish.

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Low calorie persian flounder rice recipe substitutions

To make this Persian Flounder Rice recipe lower in calories, several substitutions can be made. Firstly, instead of using 2 cups of basmati rice, you can use a combination of less caloric rice such as brown or wild rice and diced vegetables such as mushrooms, carrots, peppers, and spinach to reduce the calories per serving. Secondly, instead of using olive oil, which has a high calorie count, you can use cooking spray, coconut oil, or vegetable broth as a substitute. Thirdly, instead of adding raisins which have a high sugar content and calorie count, you can use unsweetened cranberries or ditch the dried fruit altogether. Finally, instead of slivered almonds, you could use roasted sunflower seeds or roasted pumpkin seeds, which are lower in calories and still offer a nutty flavor and crunch.

What to serve with a persian flounder rice?

Persian flounder rice is a delightful main course dish that has unique flavors of the Persian cuisine. To complement the dish, there are a variety of side dishes that would pair well. Firstly, a simple salad of cucumber, tomato, and red onion would work well. Roasted vegetables such as zucchini, carrots, or eggplants would also be great. A side of creamy hummus or tzatziki would add a refreshing element to the meal. To enhance the Persian flavors, a side of Mast-o-khiar (cucumber yogurt dip) or Shirazi salad (a refreshing blend of cucumber, tomato, and onion) would be a perfect choice. Finally, a cold beverage like a Mint Lemonade or an iced tea would complete the delicious meal.

Whats the best sauce for a persian flounder rice?

The best sauce for Persian flounder rice is a combination of flavors that complement the dish’s delicate taste. A mixture of sour and sweet, a good option is a traditional Iranian sauce called Mast-o-khiar. This sauce has yogurt, dill, and cucumber mixed with a little bit of salt and is a perfect choice for Persian food. The sauce is not only delicious but also helps in digesting the dish. Another alternative could be a simple mixed herb chimichurri sauce with parsley, cilantro, and sharp flavors like garlic, acid, and heat like red pepper flakes, that can add a tangy flavor to the fish and rice and add a refreshing and aromatic touch to the dish.

Persian flounder rice health benefits

Persian flounder rice can be a healthy meal option as it is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Flounder contains omega-3 fatty acids which are important for brain and heart health. Rice is an excellent source of carbohydrates and provides energy to the body. Additionally, the herbs and spices used in the dish, such as saffron, turmeric, and parsley, offer antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory benefits. However, it is important to note that the overall health benefits of the dish will depend on the ingredients and cooking methods used. If you are looking for a healthier recipe, grilled fish with roasted vegetables or a quinoa and vegetable stir-fry would be good options.

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