Simple Rice Pilaf

Rice pilaf is one of my go-to side dishes. Hubs could eat the whole pan himself. There’s just something about the combination of butter, onion, rice, and chicken broth that comes together in a happy, comforting way.

In “the old days” I made this with white, long grain rice, but since last Christmas I’ve been making it with brown, long-grain rice. The texture is a little different, a tad stickier than when made with white rice. But, he still can eat the whole pan himself.


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  1. I’m excited to try this recipe I have minimal rice experience 🙂

  2. Saw this post and since I hadn’t planned dinner yet, I made this and threw some salmon on the grill. It was delicious. Thanks foe my new go-to rice recipe!

  3. Jessica,

    Would you still cook the rice 40 minutes if you use regular white rice?

  4. Another great recipe easily converted to veg by using vegetable broth and a little salt! Delicious!

  5. AllieZirkle says:

    We had this for dinner tonight. I sauted the rice & onion in a skillet and then cooked the rice, onion, broth, and parsley in the rice cooker. The rice cooker clicked after 40 minutes. The rice is tasty but a bit al dente. My guess is the stove top works best but the rice cooker works well too! And no, it wasn’t an extra dirty pan by sauting the rice & onion stove-top as I used the skillet to cook up our veggies. Yum!

    🙂 Allie

  6. We just had this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I did half the recipe since there are just 4 of us and that includes a 1 yr old and 4 yr old, but it was really easy to put together. I used fresh parsley because I didn’t have any dried parsley. Definitely a new go to side dish for us!!

  7. I made this a couple weeks ago to go with baked chicken and it was delicious! Last night, I used this recipe as a starting point and created a Mexican version to go with enchiladas. It turned out really well, and I will be posting it on my blog soon, with a link to your original recipe, of course!

  8. I have no idea how I missed this. Rice pilaf is a new favorite side dish here.
    I make mine pretty much the same except after the liquid has come to a boil I carefully transfer it all to a casserole dish then cover and bake it in a 350 or 375 degree oven.

  9. Tried this tonight…yum! I made mine with 1 c. brown rice and 1 c. orzo pasta, and it came out great! Thank you!

  10. I just wanted to let you know that I made this rice tonight and it was a HUGE hit!! Thanks so much for such an easy and wonderful recipe! My 5 yr. old said that it is his new favorite. 🙂

  11. FYI, when I try to click the “Print This Recipe” link, it just prints a blank sheet.

    • It loads fine for me. I’m not sure what the problem is.

    • @Heather Ratliff,

      Jessica, I’m going to try this tonight. But I also wanted to let you know that I’ve tried printing several of your recipes, four or five last night, and none of them printed out for me either. I had the same trouble when I printed from another location a month or so ago too. The only way I get it to work is to highlight the text and print the “selection only,” but not using your print button. Still, thanks for the recipe. I’m going to double it tonight to keep some for later in the week and to freeze some as well. Stacy

  12. This sounds good. Going to make that inside while we grill Asian marinated chicken with some red pepper and zucchini.

  13. How many servings is this recipe??

  14. So my onion was completely mushy when I went to use it tonight for this recipe… so I sautéed the rice in the butter and then added a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix with the broth… not exactly a “clean” recipe anymore but it was a fantastic mistake. Thanks! 🙂

  15. How many does this recipe serve? I wish there was nutrition info, but I can figure that part out.


  16. It look really good. Jessica, or anyone, Sorry if is to much to ask, but can you please
    Tell me what type of brown rice you use? And also what type of orzo rice you use? I have never bought any of them. Please and thank you.

  17. can i use minute rice for this recipe


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