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Thai Rice Pilaf

Thai Rice Pilaf

This quick rice pilaf recipe gets bright flavor from Thai-inspired ingredients: lime juice, fish sauce, peanuts and plenty of fresh herbs. Serve it with roast pork tenderloin or pan-seared fish.


4 servings, about 3/4 cup each

Prep Time

15 minutes

Total Time

15 minutes


  • 3/4cup water
  • 1cup instant brown rice
  • 2tablespoons lime juice
  • 2teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1cup chopped pineapple, fresh or canned
  • 1/2cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2cup chopped fresh basil, cilantro and/or mint
  • 2scallions, sliced
  • 2tablespoons chopped unsalted peanuts


  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add rice, reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit until the water is all or mostly absorbed, about 5 minutes more. Drain any remaining water.
  2. Meanwhile, stir lime juice, oil, fish sauce, sugar and crushed red pepper together in a medium bowl until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Stir the rice, pineapple, carrot, herbs and scallions into the dressing. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings, about 3/4 cup each)

Calories 175kcal
Carbohydrate Total 28g
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 1g
Fiber 3g
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 1g
Mono Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 196mg
Protein 4g
Potassium 206mg
Calcium 32mg
Folate 29mcg
Omega-6 1g
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 1mg
Vitamin B3 2mg

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