Lemon Rice Pilaf

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

We love this recipe as a side to most any meal. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. From Cuisine Magazine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute onion in oil in a large saucepan just until softened.
  2. Add rice and continue sauteing until it starts to turn golden.
  3. Stir in water, butter, salt, bay leaf, and cayenne.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low.
  5. Cook until liquid is absorbed, 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Stir in lemon zest and juice.
  8. Allow rice to steep a few minutes before serving.


Most Helpful

This was delicious! The lemon is subtle but gives the rice a lovely taste. It's also easy and quick to make after working all day. This one is sure to be made time and again. Thanks for a great recipe, Bev!

Whisper January 23, 2004

Mmmm...Delicious and fresh. The perfect amount of lemon flavor. I added a 1/4 t. of poultry seasoning and used a 1/2 t. less salt. I think next time I'll try cooking it in a skillet instead of a sauce pan, I think it would make it easier to stir in the lemon. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Lucky in Bayview February 19, 2015

This is a very nice way to jazz up white rice, and simple to do. I made mine with chicken broth instead of water and skipped the cayenne, but it was still very tasty. Thanks, Bev.

Recipe Reader February 28, 2010

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