Lemon Rice Pilaf

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 28, 2023
No need to buy premade pilaf mix when you can easily make your own in 20 minutes. The lemon zest adds a welcome burst of tang. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine or long grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add celery and onions; cook until tender. Add rice, lemon zest, salt and pepper; toss lightly. Cook until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 155 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 454mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.