This Pecan Rice Pilaf is an easy Thanksgiving side dish that is full of rich fall flavors!
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Pecan Rice Pilaf

This easy Pecan Rice Pilaf is light and buttery with a little crunch. A great option for a Thanksgiving side dish!
Course Side Dish
Servings 6
Calories 488kcal
Author Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell


  • 1 stick 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: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 906mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.4mg