Rice Pilaf

I have a few quick and easy side dishes in my arsenal of recipes. Dishes that I know my kiddos will eat, and will go with most any main dish.  A bonus to any side dish is if the leftovers can be used to make another recipe.   There is nothing worse than making a complicated side dish and then having leftovers that get thrown away.

Rice Pilaf has all that and more going for it!

Quick, check!

Easy, check!

Crowd pleaser, Check!

Leftovers are easily used for Rice and Beans, or an easy stir fry dish. CHECK!

Leftovers are happily gobbled up as is! CHECK!

Rice Pilaf goes with so many foods, Indian, Italian, Chinese, or simply grilled meat/fish.  It’s a side dish that is easy to spice up.   Toss in some peas, or mini cubes of carrots.  Rice Pilaf is extremely versatile.



Recently I served Rice Pilaf with my newest favorite recipe Chicken Marbella.  It was the perfect side for this complexly flavorful dish.


Do you have a favorite "go to" side dish?


If not Rice Pilaf could be it!


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  1. 1

    That’s a great side idea! I usually have no problem planning the main dish, but then forget the sides. Will try this!

    • 1.1
      Sheila :

      It’s hard to pull it all together isn’t it?! Especially when evenings are busy. I like sides that you can quick whip up and forget about while you put the rest of dinner together.

  2. 2

    Oh I am SO all over this! Mmmm!

  3. 3

    This sounds so good. I usually turn to a baked potato in the microwave. I’ve tried quinoa recently. This is a nice change.

  4. 4
    Anita Lenoir :

    My daughter loves rice & could live on it I’m sure. I never thought of mixing it with Orzo, good idea!

  5. 5

    This looks so much better than the rice-a-roni I grew up eating! 🙂

  6. 6
    nikki peterson :

    Dude. This rice is awesome. I have struggled with my relationship with homemade rice for many years. It’s always either gooey or dry when I make it. I have found a keeper in this rice. Who knew? My family loved it as well. Once again, thanks for a brilliant, simple recipe Sheila!

    • 6.1
      Sheila :

      Nikki, Glad it worked out for you ; )! I think I failed to mention the possibility of a crunchy layer on the bottom of the pan…did you get this with yours? It’s my favorite part! Luv U! Thanks for your support of E2g! Sheila

  7. 7
    nikki peterson :

    Yes! At first I was worried that I “burned” it, but it turned out even better with the crunchy layer 🙂