Zippy Rice Pilaf Recipe

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"If I need a quick side dish that has flair and flavor, I whip this tasty pilaf in a jiffy on the stovetop," says Elizabeth Perez of Flower Mound, Texas. "The jalapeno pepper, herbs and spices season the rice nicely. It's one of those side dishes that goes well with anything."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 147 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 319mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.


  1. In a saucepan, saute onion and garlic in butter until tender. Add the rice and jalapenos; toss to coat. Stir in the broth, cumin and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Add cilantro. Fluff with a fork; serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Zippy Rice Pilaf in Light & Tasty June/July 2003, p20

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toni7 User ID: 2166442 205546
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"Really tasty. Wouldn't change a thing"

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