Rice Pilaf - Alton Brown

Rice is a staple in many gluten-free homes.  It is versatile and can be made sweet or savory.  In my opinion, it is hard to ruin rice unless you burn it.  Even when cooked, if you don't like the taste, add some soy sauce or spices and it can be salvaged. 

Rice Pilaf    adapted from Alton Green to be served with Rachel Ray's pepper steak


  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen green beans, thawed
  • Golden raisins


In a heavy, wide, lidded pan, melt margarine over medium-low heat. 

Add onion, red pepper, and  salt. 

Sweat the onions and peppers until aromatic, stirring constantly. 

Add the rice and stir to coat. Continue stirring until rice smells nutty. 

Add vegetable broth, orange zest. Bring to a boil. Stir once, then cover pan. 

Cook for 40 minutes. 

Then rest at room temperature for 10 to 20 minutes without removing the cover. 
Meanwhile, heat green beans in a microwave. 
Remove lid from rice and turn out onto a platter. Add green beans and fluff with a large fork. Add raisins.

I served this with pepper steak. 

Tip:  I used the microwave for the green beans.  It saved me time watching it which is more important the the cooking time which was also saved.
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  1. I can eat rice with just a little bit of butter and salt! It is so good and I definitely don't make it often enough. Your pilaf is wonderful - love the raisins.

  2. My daughter loves rice so I make it often. Her latest obsession is cilantro rice. We like all kinds of rice, from short grain, brown, black, red, and even a little wild thrown in. Your rice pilaf looks beautiful-Love the colors!

  3. Bizzy - this looks absolutely yummy!! Thanks for sharing at the Decidedly HEalthy or Horridly Decadent hop - just the kind of recipe we like to see.

  4. I love Alton's recipes...hm...this one sounds delicous!


  5. Yum, sounds really good! I found you on Social Sundays. Signed up to follow you through Twitter! Thanks for the recipe!
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  6. This looks so yummy. I love finding new side dish recipes that I can pair with roast chicken or a baked pork chop. I can't wait to try it.

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