Easy Lemon Rice Pilaf


This creamy rice dish is the perfect side choice for fish. The subtle lemon and creamy Parmesan give it a robust and memorable flavor. Double delicious when used with jasmine rice! Guaranteed you'll be asked to make it again and again!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
28 mins
Total Time:
48 mins
6 servings


  • 2 large egg yolks

  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked jasmine rice

  • 3 cups chicken broth

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Combine egg yolks, cream, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a bowl; whisk thoroughly.

  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add rice; cook, stirring constantly, until opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken broth; stir quickly. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. Fold lemon-cream mixture into the rice; mix well. Stir in Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Editor's Note:

This recipe contains raw egg. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw egg. Learn more about egg safety from our article, How to Make Your Eggs Safe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

282 Calories
10g Fat
40g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 668mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 36mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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