Lemon Cilantro Rice Pilaf

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

A nice side dish with plenty of flavor when you don't want the same old plain rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in nonstick sauce pan.
  2. Add rice and saute until rice kernels are opaque.
  3. Add water, grated lemon rind, lemon juice, turmeric and salt.
  4. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in green onions and cilantro.
Most Helpful

This was good -- mildly flavoured and very colourful. I didn't have green onions on hand, so substituted chopped onions sauteed in oil with the rice during step #2.

lucy k. June 19, 2003

This was the perfect side dish for a mojo carillo marinated chicken dish, with the flavors complimenting perfectly. I loved how pretty the rice looked, light yellow from the turmeric and speckled with flecks of green from the onions and cilantro. I confess to being a cilantro junkie, so I added an extravagant handful instead of the judicial 1/4 cup. PanNan, we enjoyed your recipe very much.

Geema May 19, 2003

This was a nice change from regular rice, but the lemon was a bit overkill for us. Will try it again with less lemon. Thanks.

donnaarch July 20, 2011