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Rice pilaf in a baking dish

Rice Pilaf

Rice is sautéed in butter then baked with stock and aromatics for the perfect, super flavorful side dish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Latin, Spanish
Keyword pantry staples, vegetables, vegetarian option
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 312 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked regular rice
  • 3 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 6 tablespoons celery chopped
  • 6 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 6 tablespoons carrots chopped
  • 6 tablespoons sliced almonds plus extra for garnish if desired
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • juice from 1/2-1 lemon optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Melt butter in a heavy skillet, then add rice. Cook, stirring often, until light brown.

  2. Stir in chicken broth and eat until boiling. Pour everything into lightly greased casserole dish, then cover and bake for 30 minutes.

  3. Remove from oven and stir in celery, parsley, carrots, and sliced almonds, then pepper. Cover and bake for additional 20 minutes.

  4. Remove from oven, and squeeze fresh lemon juice over everything and stir (optional). Garnish with sliced almonds, if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Vegetarian: Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • Vegan: Sub vegetable broth for chicken broth and use vegan butter instead of regular butter.
Nutrition Facts
Rice Pilaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 555mg24%
Potassium 327mg9%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 3115IU62%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.