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A white bowl with rice pilaf and a silver spoon and red plain napkin.
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5 from 1 vote

Better Than a Box Rice Pilaf

Bring back memories of your favorite box of rice pilaf. It is fluffy, flavorful, and has none of the chemicals or unnecessary amounts of sodium that you find in a box.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30minutemeal, copycat, rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 165kcal


  • Medium saucepan with a lid


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth Bone broth or vegetable broth work well also
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white or long grain rice
  • cup orzo Raw or cooked leftover is fine



  • Add butter, broth, and water to a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and then stir in rice, orzo, and all spices.
  • Return to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
  • Simmer COVERED for 18 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the liquid starts to cook off too fast, add a little more water and reduce heat.
  • Fluff with a fork to serve.


There are so many variations that you can make - extra garlic, diced vegetables, peas, garlic and herb, or even a little parmesean cheese. Experiment away!


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg