Brown Basmati Rice Pilaf Recipe

Basmati Rice Pilaf With Pecans

Diana Rattray

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 65 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
79 Calories
6g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 79
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 93mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This delicious and aromatic brown rice pilaf is made with basmati rice, chopped mushrooms, green onions, chicken broth, and toasted pecans, along with seasonings and optional dry white wine.


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup baby bella or button mushrooms, chopped

  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion

  • 1 cup basmati brown rice

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons dry white wine

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch thyme

  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the butter and olive oil. Add mushrooms and sauté until golden brown and tender, about 3 minutes.

  2. Add green onions and cook for 1 minute longer.

  3. Add brown rice and continue to cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes.

  4. Add chicken broth, salt, and thyme. Quickly bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer over low heat for about 45 to 55 minutes. Check and stir occasionally, adding the wine as needed.

  5. Add toasted pecans and freshly ground pepper.

  6. Stir and cook for another minute or two.


  • To toast nuts, spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in a 350 F oven, stirring occasionally, for about 8 to 12 minutes. Alternatively, toast in an ungreased skillet over medium heat, stirring, until golden brown and aromatic.

Recipe Variations

  • If you prefer to skip the wine, replace it with more chicken broth or water.