Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Easy Rice Pilafe {Lemon Rice}

I learned this super simple recipe from my grandma, who wasn't one to cook with "amounts". I am going to do my best to share this even without because it is the best pilafe you will ever eat. I promise. It is buttery, creamy, lemony goodness and it could not be any easier. I've seen pilafe recipes where you dry out the rice overnight and so on but you don't need to do any of that! You can have this done in 10 minutes with a few simple ingredients. Bear with the vague amounts...some of it you will just have to do to taste.

What You Need:
1 cup instant white rice {or you can mix brown and white, which I have done}
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup lemon juice
salt and pepper
fresh herbs if you like

Melt butter in the bottom of a large saucepan or skillet. Add uncooked rice and toss with the butter. Let the rice brown a bit, stirring often so it does not burn, for 1-2 minutes. Add 1 cup of the chicken broth and 1/4 cup of the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper. Cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Now, do a taste test. You are checking to see if the rice needs more liquid and it most likely does. Add liquid in 1/2 cup increments and cover and simmer again, checking each time for the rice being fully cooked. You will also add more lemon juice, if desired, in tablespoon increments as well as more salt and pepper to taste. Throw is some chopped fresh herbs if you like. I do sometimes depending what I have on hand! Once the rice is fully cooked, remove from heat and serve immediately. Enjoy!


  1. Probably our most favorite rice side. Just love it and make different versions all the time. Thanks for another one to try.

  2. Thank You! I hope that you do try it.