Garlic and Herb Rice Pilaf

This Garlic and Herb Rice Pilaf is so simple to make you can ditch the box.

This simple garlic and herb rice pilaf is easy to make and delicious. Made from scratch and just as easy as the boxes and pouches.

Rice is amazingly versatile. You can make savory dishes as well as sweet rice pudding. It is also inexpensive which is always great.

Rice pilaf is one of the recipes I think everyone should know how to make. It’s a great way to dress up basic rice. Pilaf is rice cooked in broth and not water.  How easy is that? You can get fancy and add things like nuts and dried fruit to the pilaf but I am sticking with a simpler version today.

You may be familiar with the boxed “roni” rices or the little pouches of rice. Well, this from scratch version doesn’t take much longer and tastes better. It is also a great way to control things like sodium.

Garlic and herb rice pilaf would be a great side to chicken, pork, or beef. I used this batch instead of mashed potatoes in a recipe for chicken, gravy, and mashed potato bowls one night when we were out of potatoes. We all liked the version with the rice just as well as the potato version. Never fear both recipes are coming very soon.

I used Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute for the salt free garlic and herb seasoning but you can use your favorite. You can also use fresh parsley and chives instead of dried. You will just need to triple the amounts used. Another thing, if you need to make this vegetarian or vegan just use vegetable broth or stock and olive oil it will still taste fabulous.

Garlic and Herb Rice Pilaf

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Micha M


  • 2 Tablespoons butter or oil
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 Tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt free garlic and herb seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place a medium saucepan with a tight fitting lid over medium heat
  2. Heat the butter or oil until hot
  3. Add in the rice and onion
  4. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the onion is softened and translucent
  5. Add the garlic, garlic and herb seasoning, paprika, parsley, chives, and salt and pepper
  6. Cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant
  7. Pour in the broth
  8. Bring to a boil
  9. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender
  10. Fluff with a fork before serving


What are your favorite easy side dishes?

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