Saffron Pilaf Side Dish Recipe

Persian pilaf saffron rice
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
144 Calories
8g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4-6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 242mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 16mg 1%
*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.)

Saffron pilaf is a flavorful side that is great alongside chicken. It is extremely easy to prepare. The saffron gives a unique and subtle flavor.


  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¾ teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons hot water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, combine hot water and saffron to allow flavor to escape the threads.
  3. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until golden. Add chicken stock, saffron, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil.
  4. Add basmati rice, cover, and simmer on low heat for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered for 3-5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.