Rice pilaf in a white bowl.

Rice Pilaf Recipe

This Rice Pilaf is the easiest rice dish you can make! The rice is cooked in stock with sauteed vegetables and herbs. This flavorful dish is perfect for your holiday table.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword rice pilaf
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 323 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 1 cup white long-grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken stock see notes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
US Customary - Metric


  1. Prepare the vegetables. Finely dice onion, celery and shred the carrots.
  2. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a deep skillet.
  3. Add rice and toast it, stirring often, until you see the grains turn light brown.
  4. Remove it into a bowl and set aside.
  5. Add another tablespoon of butter to skillet, along with oil.
  6. Add vegetables and saute until softened.
  7. Add rice and herbs to vegetables. Stir in. Cook for 1 minute.
  8. Add stock and stir in. Simmer until the rice is cooked, about 6 to 7 minutes. Stir often. Keep the pan covered between stirring.
  9. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Rice Pilaf Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 508mg22%
Potassium 383mg11%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 5384IU108%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.