How to Make Classic Rice Pilaf: A Simple and Delicious Recipe

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How to Make Classic Rice Pilaf: A Simple and Delicious Recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 21, 2023

Learn how to make the perfect classic rice pilaf that is fluffy, flavorful, and pairs well with a variety of main dishes. This simple recipe uses aromatic ingredients such as onions, garlic, and spices to elevate the taste of the rice. It is a versatile and easy-to-make side dish that will impress your family and guests.


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic, dried thyme, dried oregano, and ground turmeric to the saucepan. Cook for an additional 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  3. Add the rice to the saucepan and stir to coat it with the butter and spices. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the rice is slightly toasted.
  4. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan with a lid.
  5. Simmer the rice on low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Avoid lifting the lid while the rice is cooking to ensure a fluffy texture.
  6. Once the rice is cooked, remove the saucepan from heat and let it sit, covered, for an additional 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the rice to fluff up even more.
  7. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley for added freshness and aroma.
  8. Serve the classic rice pilaf as a side dish with your favorite main course. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Rice pilaf is a culinary tradition that originated in the Middle East and is now enjoyed worldwide.
  • The addition of turmeric not only gives the rice a vibrant yellow color but also adds a subtle earthy flavor.
  • You can customize this recipe by adding vegetables such as peas, carrots, or bell peppers for added nutrition and texture.