Easy rice pilaf with broccolini

November 23, 2016 Published by Dina

Rice pilaf is an easy and flavourful dish to make for a side course or, for us, a main.

Classic pilaf is made by sauteeing the aromatics (onion, garlic and vegetables) in butter or oil,  adding the spices then adding the rice and toasting it in the skillet until it’s coated with the oil before adding the cooking liquid and finishing the cooking.

I have a shortcut for you to make with an already cooked or leftover rice. I saute onion, garlic and chopped vegetables in olive oil, add the flavourings, then add the already cooked rice and cook it together until the dish comes together and is nice and hot. Let the pilaf sit in the pan, covered, for about 5-10 minutes before serving.



2 cups cooked rice

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 carrot, diced

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried

1 bunch broccolini, roughly chopped into small pieces

Salt and pepper


Heat oil in a skillet, add the onion and garlic and cook until fregrant and softened.

Add the carrots and cook until beginning to soften, about 2 minutes.

Add the broccolini and toss to coat with the oil, about 2 minutes.

Add the rice and stir to coat the grains with the oil.

Add salt and pepper to taste

Lower heat and cook, stirring gently now and then, until the dish is hot.

Adjust the seasoning.

Cover the dish and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


Rice pilaf

Rice pilaf


Rice pilaf




  • Georgi says:

    All went great untill I overcooked it. Thanks for the receipe, will take my chances again 🙂

    • Dina says:

      Oh, too bad, I hope it works for you next time. I checked your site, you know a lot about broccoli:).

  • Murissa says:

    I don’t know why but it is hard for me to get the rice right when I cook it. I love jasmine and or coconut scented rice but just can’t nail it down in my own kitchen. I always overcook it or it just doesn’t come with that nice texture.
    But broccolini is one of my favourite vegetables so I am going to give this one a college try.

    • oliveoilandlemons says:

      Hi Murissa, people that have trouble with cooking rice swear by rice cookers. Apparently they cook perfect rice. I was thinking of getting one myself, there are different brands. Maybe the Asian food store (the one on the highway) would carry something. Otherwise there is always the usual places to buy kitchen equipment. Thanks for stopping by.