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Herbed Rice Pilaf Recipe


Pilaf is a savory, flavorful side dish that is easy to make. It only requires one pan too, making both the cooking process and clean-up a breeze. If you’re a busybody, you can quickly make this herbed pilaf and pair it with any meal.

What Makes a Pilaf a Pilaf?

The technical definition of pilaf is that it is a meal made of grain or beans cooked in broth and mixed with seasonings. Onions, garlic, and spices are used to add flavor to a pilaf.

What Is the Difference Between Pilaf and Regular Rice?

Regular rice is cooked in boiling water without flavorings or seasonings added. On the other hand, pilaf is sauteed with aromatics before cooking it in broth.

What Spices Go Well With Rice?

Using the right herbs and spices can level up your rice to new heights. Herbs such as rosemary, cilantro, and oregano go well with rice. For spices, you can use cumin, cardamom, saffron, and five-spice.

Herb Rice Pilaf Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup long-grain rice (white)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the grains, onion, and herbs. Cook and stir for 4 to 5 minutes or until the onions are soft.
  3. Pour the liquid over the rice. You may also use vegetable broth or stock. Bring it to a boil. 
  4. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low until tender and fluffy or about 15 minutes.
  5. Fluff with a fork.
  6. Fold in the parsley.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Let it rest for 5 minutes. 
  9. Serve.

Final Note

Herbed pilaf uses ingredients that can be found in your pantry, making it easy and convenient to cook. This meal is also very versatile, as you can adjust it according to your preference. It can be served with almost anything, too. Give it a try!

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Hui Yin

Hui Yin moved from Hong Kong 🇭🇰 to the USA 🇺🇸 when she was just 8 years old. Now in her late 20's she enjoys writing and taking long walks in the park to burn off the copious amounts of rice she eats for dinner.

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