How to Make Classic Rice Pilaf


Watch Chef John make a classic rice pilaf recipe. In this video, you’ll see how to put your days of sticky, mushy, messed-up rice behind you. You’ll d... See moreiscover the tricks that keep the grains of rice from sticking together so you end up with perfect, fluffy rice. Use Chef John’s method to cook and fork-fluff your pilaf and your rice will separate just right. Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John’s Classic Rice Pilaf.

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Mar 13, 2014 6:14 AM

My mom makes this too except she combines the rice right into the pan she sautéed the onions in. She also sometimes chooses to not turn on the oven (like on hot summer days) and cooks the whole dish on the stove in a heavy pot with tight fitting lid. After the "greasing up the grains of rice, she pours in the stock, stirs and then seals with lid and reduces heat to cook for the time it needs. Finally, at the end she adds a freshly chopped parsley- because she loves the colour and vitamins it adds. A good old side dish to many of our meat dishes.


Feb 16, 2014 3:22 PM

How do you adapt this recipe for brown basmati rice...just bake it longer?

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