This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

This Pecan Rice Pilaf recipe is an easy Thanksgiving side dish made with flavorful rice and buttery toasted pecans. It’s an easy rice pilaf recipe for fall.

Pecan rice pilaf in bowl

Pecan Rice Pilaf

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are quickly approaching and I’ve been working on a few new recipes for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. Introducing a new recipe to a beloved holiday meal isn’t always easy, at least not in my family. We all have recipes that we love and expect to see on the menu and when something gets bumped for a new recipe it had better be good! I think this Pecan Rice Pilaf recipe is going to pass the test with flying colors. This easy Thanksgiving side dish recipe is full of flavor and the additional crunch from the roasted pecans makes it perfect for fall not to mention it is going to go great with my Apple Pecan Stuffing!

Rice pilaf cooked with pecans

What makes this a pilaf recipe, verses just rice, is cooking it in a seasoned broth. This rice pilaf recipe starts by adding the dried rice to onions sauteed in butter. Chicken broth is added to give it more flavor and the rice cooks that way until it is tender. You can make life simple and save some time on Thanksgiving if you make the rice the day before. Once it has cooked in the buttery onions and broth you can let it cool and store it in the refrigerator overnight. When you are ready to use it you can warm the rice back up by placing it in a skillet with 3/4 cup of water, covering it, and heating it over medium high heat for about 5 minutes. While the rice warms back up you can get the pecans ready. They are toasted in a skillet with a little butter to give bring out their rich flavor. When the pecans are ready and the rice is warm you can toss everything together along with a little fresh parsley. The rice pilaf is so flavorful from the broth and the crunch of those lightly cooked, buttery pecans makes the dish something extra special.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins

Pecan Rice Pilaf

This Pecan Rice Pilaf is an easy side dish made with flavorful rice and crunchy pecans. 
Pecan rice pilaf in bowl
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5 from 1 vote


  • 1 stick, 8 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 c Onion, chopped
  • 2 c Rice, uncooked
  • 4 c Chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 c Pecans, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh parsley


  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add pecans and saute them until they are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Set pecans aside.
  • Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until the onions are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Once the onions are done add rice to skillet and stir well. Add broth, salt, thyme, and pepper. Cover and simmer until rice is tender and all liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  • Once the rice is done stir the pecans and parsley into the mixture.
  • Enjoy


Calories: 375kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 508mg, Potassium: 237mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 720IU, Vitamin C: 4.2mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 1.2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Side

This Pecan Rice Pilaf recipe is going to make an awesome Thanksgiving side dish but it isn’t just for the holidays. It is so simple to make that it is perfect for weeknight dinners with the family.