Brown Rice Pilaf

Brown Rice Pilaf

Turn everyday brown rice into delicious brown rice pilaf with the addition of currants and sliced almonds.

From EatingWell: March/April 2012
Yield: 4 servings, about 2/3 cup each
Active Time: 10
Total Time: 50


  1. 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 2/3 cup long-grain brown rice
  3. 1 1/3 cups water
  4. 1/4 cup currants
  5. 1/4 cup slivered or sliced almonds, toasted (see Tips)


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and stir until starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a low simmer, cover and cook until the rice is tender, 30 to 40 minutes (see Tips). Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and toss with currants and almonds.

Tips & Notes

  • Tips: To toast slivered or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • To have the most success cooking whole-grain rice, use a pan with a tight-fitting lid and cook on your coolest (or simmer) burner, making sure the rice is simmering at the lowest bubble. When preparing a recipe that calls for less than 1 cup of dry rice, like this pilaf, we found that the cooking time varied greatly depending on what stove we used: it was sometimes done in as little as 30 minutes and burned at 50 minutes. So, when cooking a small batch of rice, start checking it after 30 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn.


Nutrition Per Serving: 199 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 4 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 3 g fiber; 8 mg sodium; 173 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (17% daily value)

2 Carbohydrate Serving