This delicious rice pilaf is made in a rice cooker for an easy, flavorful side dish! This is a mostly hands-off recipe, making it a perfect recipe for busy nights!

Rice Cooker Rice Pilaf
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What is Rice Pilaf?

Rice pilaf is a flavorful dish that is easy to make. Rice is cooked with butter, onion, and spices, then broth or water is added, and the rice is simmered until it absorbs the liquid and becomes tender. Toasting the rice in butter before cooking brings out a slightly nutty, savory flavor. It’s a great way to elevate a few basic pantry staples into a tasty side dish!

Can you make rice pilaf in a rice cooker?

Yes! While rice pilaf is traditionally made on the stove, it’s easy to make in a rice cooker! We start by cooking onion in a little bit of butter in the rice cooker. Then we toast the rice, add some seasonings, and add the broth and cook until the rice is fluffy. It’s easy!

rice cooker rice pilaf

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Butter– The butter adds richness and flavor to the rice pilaf. When sautéed with the onions and garlic, it forms the base of the dish and imparts a delicious, slightly nutty taste. You can use olive oil or vegan butter if you prefer a dairy-free option.
  • Onion– The onion is one of the aromatics that provide a savory foundation for the pilaf. It adds depth of flavor and a hint of sweetness when sautéed. You can use shallots or white onion if you don’t have yellow onion on hand.
  • Long-Grain White Rice– The rice is the star of the show! It becomes beautifully fluffy and tender as it absorbs the flavorful broth and aromatics. The choice of long-grain rice ensures the grains remain separate and distinct.
  • Garlic– Garlic adds a wonderful aromatic quality and a touch of savory flavor to the rice pilaf. If you’re not a fan of garlic, you can omit it or use garlic powder for a milder flavor.
  • Thyme– Dried thyme introduces an earthy, slightly floral note to the pilaf. Its subtle fragrance enhances the overall taste. You can leave it out if you don’t have any.
  • Vegetable Broth– The broth provides the liquid that the rice absorbs while cooking. It’s essential for infusing the rice with flavor and ensuring a tasty, not bland, result.

How to Make Rice Pilaf in a Rice Cooker