side dish

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!