Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice

This is not an original idea.  In fact, the recipe is something that I saw on the YouTube channel Strictly Dumpling.   You can watch the video for Whole Tomato in Rice Cooker to see how he makes this dish using a rice cooker.  I was feeling too lazy to get my rice cooker out of the cabinet, so I made this on the stove top.

Tomatoes nested in riceI also used two ripe Roma tomatoes because I didn’t have any large tomatoes.   The final result was delicious and was great accompaniment to my Maple Dijon Glazed Salmon.

Tomato Rice served with SalmonHere’s the printable recipe.  Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Tomato Rice
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Serves: 8
This post is inspired by a recipe from the Strictly Dumpling YouTube Channel. It is a very simple and frugal recipe that produces a delicious rice side dish. It requires a minimum of preparation, and it tastes delicious. Total cost of this recipe is $1.85 or $0.24 per serving.
  • 1 large ripe tomato or two ripe Roma tomatoes ($0.99)
  • 2 cups of rice ($0.67)
  • 1 Tbl of olive oil ($0.14)
  • 1 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • ½ tsp pepper. ($0.03)
  • 2½ cups water
  1. Rinse rice and place into sauce pan.
  2. Add water to pan
  3. Pour in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Nestle your tomato, or tomatoes, into the center of the pot into the rice.
  5. Place lid on the pan and turn the stove on to medium and bring pan to a boil.
  6. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed. .
  7. Turn off heat and allow the pot to sit on the stove with the lid in place for 5 more minutes.
  8. Remove lid and stir the tomatoes into the rice, distributing evenly.
  9. Serve alone or as a side with your favorite entree.

This recipe was updated March 2018 to add pricing and nutrition information.

Tomato Rice--A simple, flavorful dish made from only five ingredients

Nutrition information is for 1/8th of the recipe prepared as written.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 188
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.1g
Saturated Fat 0.3g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 296mg
Total Carbohydrates 37.9g
Dietary Fiber 0.9g
Sugars 0.7g
Protein 3.5g
Vitamin D 0%
Potassium 2%
Calcium 1%
Iron 12%

8 thoughts on “Tomato Rice

  1. Thanks, Pattycakes. I just tried this simple addition to plain rice – your way.
    Plan to heat again and serve as a side to tonight’s entree. So simple, reasonable and healthful. I only had grape tomatoes, which worked perfectly.

    1. I’m very glad you liked it. I have wondered how grape tomatoes would work. I also want to try making it with brown rice at some point.

  2. What an interesting way to prepare rice! I’m harvesting roma tomatoes from our garden already (several each day), so this sounds like a great way to use a few of them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I am so jealous. I don’t have any tomatoes yet. My daughter is anxious for the tomato horn worms to come. Apparently, they are a delicacy for her pet bearded dragon.

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