Easy Stovetop Rice Pilaf

I LOVE RICE!  My favorite is what I grew up on, Japanese style short grain sticky rice.  These days, however, we eat mostly brown rice and once in awhile a light and fluffy pilaf.  You can make pilaf in your rice cooker but I prefer the stovetop.  I first sauté onions and garlic, then toss in the rice and stir until toasty.  Next, I add the broth or water and a generous pinch of salt. Bring it to a boil and then cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes.  That's it!  

Easy Stovetop Rice Pilaf
Recipe Type: Rice Side Dish
Author: Chef Bonnie
Pull back 1/4 cup on the broth, add 1/4 cup tomato sauce and 1 tsp of taco seasoning with your salt and you'll have Mexican rice!
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 onion, small dice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups water or low sodium broth (vegetable, chicken or beef)
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Place saucepan over medium heat.
  2. After a minute, add oil and swirl.
  3. Add onions and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add garlic and stir for 20 seconds.
  5. Add rice and stir until it just starts to stick to the bottom.
  6. Add water or broth and a pinch of salt.
  7. Turn heat to high and bring it to a boil.
  8. When it begins to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
  10. Fluff and adjust seasoning.
  11. Enjoy!

Bonnie Goodman

Chef Bonnie, LLC, Tustin, CA

Since 2010, Bonnie has been a successful personal chef in the Orange County area. Since 2011 Bonnie has been booked solid serving busy families, seniors, business professionals, celebrities, and professional athletes. Bonnie centers her cooking style around allergy-friendly and healthy homestyle meals that the whole family can enjoy.

When Bonnie started her Personal Chef business she was grateful for some of the Personal Chef Associations like the APPCA and the USPCA. Unfortunately there was not a fully immersive program available to teach her about building and growing her business. Bonnie decided in 2015 to launch the Personal Chef Guide to help new personal chefs enter the market and grow their business.