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Real Deal Rice Pilaf

Real Deal Rice Pilaf

This classic rice preparation makes a great side for just about any meal. Kids will love it!

  • Yield: 4 1/2 cups, serving 6


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions (optional)


  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the rice and cook, stirring, until opaque (cloudy), and nutty in aroma, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the water, chicken broth, and salt and bring to a boil.
  • Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid. Using oven mitts or pot holders, transfer to the oven, and bake until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the pan from the oven and let sit, undisturbed, for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and stir in the scallions, if desired. Serve hot.