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How to Make Rice Pilaf with Vegetables

Vegetable Rice Pilaf

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The ultimate EASY vegetable rice pilaf with jasmine or basmati rice & frozen vegetables! How to make rice pilaf with vegetables in 30 minutes.
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegetarian
Keyword basmati rice, caribbean confetti rice, caribbean rice, confetti rice, confetti rice pilaf, easy rice pilaf, frozen vegetables, healthy rice pilaf, how to make rice pilaf, jasmine rice, pilaf, rice pilaf, rice with vegetables, vegetable rice pilaf
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6 cups
Calories 171


  • 1 cup basmati rice or jasmine rice
  • 1 Tbsp butter or oil
  • cup diced onion
  • cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp citrus zest (orange, lemon, or lime)
  • 1 Tbsp citrus juice (orange, lemon, or lime)
  • 12 oz frozen mixed vegetables thawed 30 minutes
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  • Remove frozen mixed vegetables from freezer and thaw at room temperature ~30 minutes.
  • Melt butter or heat oil in saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add onion and rice and cook 4-5 minutes—until onion is softened, and rice is fragrant and toasted/browned.
  • Add broth, salt, citrus zest & juice to saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover pan. Allow to cook for 15 minutes without removing lid.
  • After 15 minutes, check to ensure rice is tender and liquid is absorbed; if not, cover and cook 2-3 more minutes.
  • When rice is cooked, stir in thawed frozen veggies.
  • Remove pan from heat and allow to sit, covered, for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve garnished with fresh parsley and additional citrus juice/zest!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 254mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 3g