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This Asian rice pilaf  brings rice to a new level with it’s wonderfully savory flavor.  It’s a perfect side dish to pair with grilled meats or fish.

This Asian rice pilaf brings rice to a new level with it's wonderfully savory flavor and tastes amazing paired with grilled meats or fish. | lisasdinnertimedish.com

I threw this rice together the other night to go with some teriyaki steaks we were grilling for dinner and really didn’t have high expectations for it.  I just wanted something a little more interesting  than plain white rice.

What I ended up with is an Asian rice pilaf that packs one powerful flavor punch.  This rice will now be on heavy rotation in my kitchen.

This Asian rice pilaf brings rice to a new level with it's wonderfully savory flavor and tastes amazing paired with grilled meats or fish. | lisasdinnertimedish.com

This rice really takes just a few more minutes to make than regular, plain rice, but it’s so worth it.  I just added a couple more ingredients, which make all the difference in the world.

Garlic, of course, adds extra flavor, but the sesame oil and soy sauce are really the stars here, along with  chicken stock instead of water.  Then I stirred in a handful of cilantro at the end to brighten the flavors.  I also think stirring in some sliced green onions would be great to add even more flavor.

As I said, we served our Asian rice pilaf with teriyaki steak, but it would also be great with grilled fish or chicken.  You could even turn the leftover rice into fried rice.  Just stir fry the leftover rice along with whatever fresh veggies you have on hand and some leftover protein like steak or chicken and you’ll have a delicious dinner in a flash.

What do I need for Asian rice pilaf?

  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Rice
  • Chicken Stock
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Cilantro

This Asian rice pilaf brings rice to a new level with it's wonderfully savory flavor and tastes amazing paired with grilled meats or fish. | lisasdinnertimedish.com

What do I need to know about this recipe?

  1. This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled.
  2. It will freeze well.
  3. This can be made in an Instant Pot.  To do this, sauté the garlic and the rice right in the Instant Pot, using the sauté function.  Then select the the rice function and set the timer for 8 minutes.  When it’s finished, use the quick release to release the steam.

Asian Rice Pilaf

Yield: 4

Asian Rice Pilaf

Asian Rice Pilaf

This Asian rice pilaf  brings rice to a new level with it's wonderfully savory flavor.  It's a perfect side dish to pair with grilled meats or fish.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Sauté garlic until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Stir in rice and sauté for another couple of minutes.

Stir chicken stock, soy sauce, sesame oil and pepper into rice mixture.

Bring mixture to a boil.

Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender.

Stir in cilantro right before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 408mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

ENJOY!

 

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Holly Hooper

Friday 29th of October 2021

I recently make a turkey meatball recipe that used Amy’s chunky tomato bisque for the sauce and I put it over spaghetti squash, you could also make the recipe using lot’s of different farmers market veggies. Holly Hooper

Ashley Jones

Friday 10th of September 2021

This was delicious! I was afraid of the fennel…but it gave the sauce the best flavor! I didn’t have fresh oregano…I’m sure it would have been even better! Thanks so much..it’s a keeper. CrazyAsk

Kelly Hubbard

Saturday 28th of August 2021

Love this recipe! We use it quite often. I double the carrots and celery and add minced onion flakes to it and use Uncle Ben's Wild Rice. After a couple hours check it to see if it needs a little bit more water added. Kelly Hubbard

Joseph Donahue

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Fantastic recipe!!! Did not change anything in recipe. Tastes wonderful!! This is my new go-to chicken recipe! Thanks. Joseph Donahue

Ashley Jones

Thursday 24th of June 2021

This looks amazing and fairly simple to do. I have never made stuffed anything but these look simple enough to try sometime. I love how you made garlic zucchini noodles to go with the dish. That’s my favorite way to eat zucchini noodles. I use my spiralizer weekly. Definitely one of the best birthday gifts I have received. Ashley Jones

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