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Rice Pilaf

This Rice Pilaf is simple, fluffy, and flavorful, and a good side dish for Chicken, Beef, Pork, and more.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword rice pilaf
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 302kcal
Author Joanne Ozug fifteenspatulas.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain white rice (I think jasmine and basmati are best)
  • 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil*)
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/4 + 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups chicken stock

Instructions

  • Place the rice in a strainer, and rinse well for 2 minutes.
  • Add the butter, shallots, and 1/4 tsp salt to a nonstick pan (use one that has a lid), and cook for 5 minutes, until slightly softened.
  • Add the rinsed rice and toast for 3-5 minutes, stirring often, until the rice turns chalky and opaque.
  • Add the chicken stock and remaining 1/4 tsp salt, and increase the heat to high. Once the liquid reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer (low heat), and cover the pan with the lid**.
  • Cook for 18-20 minutes, until the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Stir and fluff the rice, as the bottom tends to get drier than the top, replace the lid, and let the rice sit for 10 more minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

*To make this dairy free, you can use olive oil. It's still good, but know that it won't have that classic pilaf flavor.
**A tight-fitting lid is important, one that was designed for the pan, and not a makeshift lid.

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 196mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.7mg