Pecan Rice Pilaf Recipe
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Pecan Rice Pilaf Recipe

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This is one of my stand-by side dishes, which can complement most meat and meatless entrees. It is special enough for company and quick enough for weeknights.—Jacqueline Oglesby, Spruce Pine, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded carrots

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 313 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 623mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute pecans in 2 tablespoons butter until toasted; remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, saute onion in remaining butter until tender. Add rice; cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until rice is lightly browned. Stir in the broth, 2 tablespoons parsley, salt, thyme and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add carrots; simmer 3-5 minutes longer or until rice is tender. Stir in toasted pecans and remaining parsley. Fluff with a fork.
    Freeze option: Reserving pecans for later, freeze cooled pilaf in a freezer container. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, adding 2-3 tablespoons water to moisten. Toast pecans; add to pilaf.
    Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Pecan Rice Pilaf in Freezer Meals Bookazine 2013, p112

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Jenna092 User ID: 7825623 242406
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Very easy to make, but also easy to potentially burn. We omitted the pecans. Delicious!"

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 230956
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"I added some petite peas and served it cold as a salad with lemon vinaigrette - very good!"

CHEFOFTHEFUTURE User ID: 8203061 218586
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"Just made this, wish we could upload pics here. I used sliced almonds, my preference, chopped green and red peppers, YUM, YUM YUMMY....My family loves it. Made with Teriyaki chicken.....yum, great combination"

kimspacc User ID: 1340117 218331
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Great side dish."

jacki61 User ID: 8084962 217516
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"This side was very good with pork chops & steamed carrots, though I did use pecans, I picked them put of my side. Will make it again."

flossiecox User ID: 8150900 217265
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"It sounds really good and easy and I like a good rice pilaf so I am gonna try it."

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