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

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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How to Make It

In a small bowl, combine hot water and saffron to allow flavor to escape the threads.

In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until golden. Add chicken stock, saffron, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil.

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.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
144 Calories
8g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)