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Pecan Rice Pilaf

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


  • 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


  • In a large saucepan, saute pecans in 2 tablespoons butter until toasted; remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, saute onion in remaining butter until tender. Add rice; cook and stir until rice is lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. Stir in the broth, 2 tablespoons parsley, salt, thyme and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add carrots; simmer until rice is tender, 3-5 minutes longer. 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, adding 2-3 tablespoons water to moisten, until heated through. Toast pecans; add to pilaf.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 313 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 623mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Jenna092
    Jan 24, 2016

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

  • cwbuff2
    Aug 9, 2015

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

    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
    Jan 19, 2015

    Great side dish.

  • jacki61
    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
    Jan 8, 2015

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