Easy Rice Pilaf

Rice Pilaf is one of the easiest rice recipes to make. Rice Pilaf is a rice dish in which the raw rice is first simmered in an oil or butter, then cooked with water or broth, and sometimes meat, poultry, fish or shellfish. I've been making this recipe for so long that I can't even remember where I got it.

What I love most about this recipe is how simple and versatile it is. This recipe is also very forgiving on what veggies can be added.
I like to toss in everything listed, onions, bell pepper, celery, carrots and mushrooms. Of course if you have someone that dislikes a few of those ingredients just leave them out.
Most times I just use what vegetables I have on hand. If I don't have a few of the veggies listed then no problem. Because this dish still turns out wonderful. This pilaf recipe is actually my go to recipe when I need a side dish in a pinch. Rice Pilaf pairs perfectly with a juicy steak, baked or grilled chicken or any seafood. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

This pilaf recipe is really easy to make, so I don't have too many step by step photos. Just saute' all the veggies and rice add the chicken broth and spices and cover. Cook on low for 20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. 

Fluff with a fork and enjoy.

Easy Rice Pilaf
2 - tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 - cup long grain rice, uncooked
1/4 - cup onions, chopped
1/4 - cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 - cup celery, chopped
1/4 - cup carrots, finely chopped
1/4 - cup sliced mushrooms, optional
3 - cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 - teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat Olive Oil in large saucepan over medium heat.

2. Add onions, carrots, celery and green bell pepper and saute until tender and fragrant (about 5 minutes). 

3. Add rice and saute 2 additional minutes.

4. Turn the heat to high and add chicken broth, mushrooms, thyme, kosher salt and pepper.

5. Bring the mixture to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook about 20 minutes, until rice is tender and all liquid is absorbed.

7. Remove from heat, let stand for 5 minutes, fluff with fork and serve.


What a great side dish! I really enjoy rice pilaf but I actually haven't made it in a long time. I'm definitely going to use this recipe though! Thank again for hosting the potluck!!
Rachelle S said…
I love making my own rice pilafs!

I am sharing a recipe for chocolate pudding cake, it's so easy and I bet you all have the ingredients already in your cupboards!
Hi Tina- Happy Sunday!
I am sharing my recipe for Chicken Cacciatore.
It tastes incredible and is perfect for a cold night!
Thanks for hosting!
Heidi said…
I can't wait to try your Rice Pilaf recipe. Although I've gotten it in restaurants, I've never made it at home. In the spirit of good side dishes, I linked up my Old Bay Roasted Red Potatoes. Also, my son is in Chapel Hill, TX today planting red potatoes. Thanks for hosting!
HoosierHomemade said…
Yum! Definitely adding this recipe to menu for March!
Thanks for hosting!
a moderate life said…
Hi Tina! I really enjoy rice pilaf and I don't mind those few extra steps to turn rice from bland to bold like this! I am linking up a recipe to make home made Indian Paneer Cheese. I really liked it! All the best! Alex
Jane said…
Your rice looks yummy! :)

I added my Pepperoni Palmiers. Thanks for hosting!
GREAT...I like your combination but one more thing I ADD in this EGGs....my ALL time FAVOURITE. Thanks for sharing.
**** April **** said…
You know what's crazy... I had no idea how to make this. I feel so inept in the kitchen sometimes! Even though I CLAIM that's my "domain." Insane, huh? I'm so thankful for this post!!! I can't wait to make some. Many thanks!

Now... to find the perfect Spanish rice! :)