Baked Rice Pilaf - You'll never buy the packaged rice pilaf ever again once you've made our version! Plus, a fool proof way of getting the perfect rice every time… in the oven!

Baked Rice Pilaf

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Keyword: baked rice pilaf, rice pilaf recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 320 kcal
You'll never buy boxed rice pilaf ever again once you've made Bake Rice Pilaf! This is a fool proof way of getting the perfect rice every time… in the oven!


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoons pinch saffron steeped in 2hot tap water for 15 minutes
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • Parsley for garnishing


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Melt the butter in medium sauce pan over medium high heat.
  3. Stir in the onion, garlic, bell pepper and sea salt.
  4. Decrease the heat to low and continue to cook until onion is soft, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and add the rice. Stir, then allow to sit for about 30 seconds so the rice has time to brown. Continue doing this for approximately 3-4 minutes, or until it smells nutty.
  5. Add the saffron and its water and chicken broth and stir. Increase the heat and bring to a boil.
  6. Now for the new techinque: Thoroughly wet a thin, clean kitchen towel towel, take the sauce pan off the heat, pour peas in an even layer on top of the rice, then place the towel across the top of the sauce pan. Top with the lid, then fold the towel corners up over the lid.
  7. Place sauce pan, towel and all, to the oven and bake 15 minutes.
  8. Remove and rest at room temperature for 15 more minutes. Resist the temptation to open the lid!
  9. Fluff rice with a fork and serve!
  10. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Recipe Notes

Instead of mincing, take the veggies for a whirl in your food processor.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Rice Pilaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 668mg29%
Potassium 256mg7%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 22.4mg27%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.