Rice Pilaf Recipes

Find dozens of easy rice pilaf recipes for a flavorful side dish. Brown rice pilaf, wild rice pilaf, orzo rice pilaf, and more.

Staff Picks

Rice Pilaf with Raisins and Veggies

Rating: 4.63 stars
Surprisingly easy and extremely flavorful. The curry powder does not add an actual curry taste, just a nice rich flavor, so give it a try even if you aren't a curry fan.

Awesome Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.18 stars
Rice combined with a medley of vegetables and spices. A great side dish with chicken and pork. Leftovers are great for lunch the next day.

Mexican Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.4 stars
This is a nice, spicy rice dish.

Home-Style Brown Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is comfort food at its best with mild flavors and it's simple to make. This is a very versatile dish: if you prefer, you can use almonds in place of the cashews, and cilantro in place of the parsley.

Easy Pilaf

Rating: 4.56 stars
This basic pilaf is quick and easy to make.

Multi Grain Pilaf

Rating: 4.56 stars
Three types of rice are cooked with white cooking wine, broth, mushrooms, carrots and thyme to yield a truly delicious side dish.
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Tasty Spicy Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.7 stars
This recipe makes a delicious side dish. Goes good with meats and veggies. It's a tasty rice with a little bit of spice! I LOVE garlic, so if you don't like it as much as I do, then just add 2 cloves instead of 6.

Basmati Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.62 stars
Wonderful flavor and textured rice dish.

Baked Brown Rice

Rating: 4.09 stars
A healthy and easy way to prepare perfect brown rice.

Ann's Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.77 stars
This is a quick and easy family favorite that is asked for at home and at potlucks and parties. What makes this recipe so good is the endless ways that you can season it. It's also easily converted for a very large amount. I have made it for as little as my husband and I all the way to a group of 80 for my son's engagement party. Use Greek, Old Bay®, seasoned salt, garlic powder - endless possibilities.

Baked "Fried" Rice

Rating: 4.65 stars
If you don't have cold leftover rice around, this easy oven method will produce something very similar to the classic fried rice, with the perfect texture every time. Just like rice pilaf, the grains of rice get coated in fat before absorbing the cooking liquid, ensuring plump, tender, separate grains with no sticky clumps. Just adjust cooking time if using a different kind of rice or pan size. Garnish with green onions and serve with a runny poached egg on top if desired.

Mushroom Rice

Rating: 4.49 stars
Rice with mushrooms, garlic, onion - who could beat that? My family loves this recipe! You can also use it as a main meal if you add cooked chicken after the rice is cooked. This recipe works equally well with white or brown rice, instant or otherwise. It always comes out delicious!

Inspiration and Ideas

Sarah's Rice Pilaf

Rating: Unrated
Rice and orzo pasta merge with the flavors of onion and garlic to create this versatile side dish.

Fresh Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Rating: Unrated
Rice cooked with onion, mushrooms, and chicken bouillon. The perfect side dish.

Cranberry and Almond Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.66 stars

I've been making this dish for years - it's different from typical rice pilaf dishes in that the cranberries add the sweetness and the tartness that you don't expect in a savory dish. Oh, and it's super hard to fumble.