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Easy Golden Rice Pilaf - An easy and healthy Mediterranean side dish, flavored with tumeric and pine nuts.
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Easy Golden Rice Pilaf

This simple Mediterranean Rice Pilaf is the prefect side dish for American, Greek or Middle Eastern dishes. Makes 3 cups cooked rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 6
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Cynthia


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper more to taste
  • 2-3 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley for garnish.


  • Heat oil and butter in a sauce pan over a medium heat. Add onions, and sauté 2-3 minutes, add rice, turmeric and garlic, and continue stirring, 2 to 3 minutes. Don't let garlic burn
  • Add broth and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to low, cover and cook rice until tender and liquid is absorbed, about 15-18 minutes.
  • Stir in toasted pine nuts or almonds and adjust seasoning to taste. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.2mg