A bowl or delicious, brown rice pilaf sits in a black bowl, ready to serve and enjoy.

Rice Pilaf Recipe

A deliciously clean side dish you'll enjoy with many different main courses!

Course Grains, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 190 kcal
Author The Gracious Pantry


  • 1/2 cup dry whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried tarragon leaves
  • 4 cups chicken broth (low sodium, no sugar added)
  • salt and pepper to taste
US Customary - Metric


  1. Put the orzo in a dry pan, and roast it for 3-5 minutes. It will turn slightly golden. Pour into a heat-safe dish and set aside. In the same skillet, combine the oil, rice garlic powder and onion powder. Sauté for approximately 2-3 minutes.

    Roasting the whole grain orzo.
  2. Add the orzo back in along with the chicken broth.

    Adding the chicken broth to the roasted orzo.
  3. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the rice is completely cooked.

    Transfer the rice pilaf to a serving bowl.
  4. Immediately after turning the heat off, stir in the basil and tarragon and allow to sit and cool for a bit.

    The finished rice pilaf sits served at the dinner table.

Recipe Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition Facts
Rice Pilaf Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 436mg19%
Potassium 242mg7%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.