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A bowl of pepercorn and lime rice surrounded by peppercorns and limes

Peppercorn and lime rice

Dorothy Porker
This three peppercorn and lime rice from Ed Smith's On The Side is delicious and punchy and will make any meal more festive and fancy.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Side dish, Sides
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2


  • Rice cooker OR
  • Heavy bottomed small (sauce)pan with a lid
  • Fine sieve, optional
  • Pestle and mortar or spice/ coffee grinder


  • 1 c - 225 gr wild rice plain (non-stick) rice will also work
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 t - 5 gr black peppercorns
  • 1 t - 5 gr Sichuan peppercorns black seeds removed
  • 1 t - 5 gr Andaliman peppercorns if you can't find these pink or green peppercorns are nice as well
  • salt to taste


Methods for cooking the rice

  • Rinse and wash your rice thoroughly until any added water runs clear.
  • Cook 1 c - 225 gr of rice in a rice cooker, according to your manufacturer's instructions.
  • Alternatively cook 1 c - 225 gr of rice in a heavy bottomed (sauce)pan with ample water by bringing it to the boil, lid on, and then leaving it to simmer for 3 minutes less than the packet instructions prescribe. Strain the rice and place it back in the saucepan, lid on, and leave to sit for another 3 minutes for perfectly fluffy rice. This is Ed Smith's method.
  • Place 1 c - 225 gr of rice in a heavy bottomed (sauce)pan. Add water until the rice sits 1 index phalanx deep in water. Bring to a boil on a medium heat with the lid on. Leave to cook for 5 minutes. Move to the lowest heat you have and steam for another 15 minutes for perfectly fluffy rice. This is the Asian method that I learned from my grandmother.

To finish the rice

  • While your rice is cooking, grind together 1 t - 5 gr of each of the peppercorns in a pestle and mortar and squeeze out the juice of 1 lime.
  • Once the rice is cooked, fluff it up with a fork and stir in the peppercorn mixture, lime juice and salt to taste.
Keyword cookbook recipe, ed smith, on the side, rice, side dish, side dishes