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Mediterranean Rice

This easy Mediterranean Rice pilaf is a beautiful yellow color thanks to the turmeric and cumin used in it.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small yellow or sweet onion, diced, about 1 cups
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cups long-grain white rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth*
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Add olive oil and butter to a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Once the butter melts, add the onions. cook the onions until translucent and soft, about 5-7 minutes
  2. Then add the garlic, turmeric, cumin, and pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the spices become fragrant. Then mix in the rice, salt, and chicken broth.
  3. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  4. Once the rice is done, fluff with a fork and serve immediately. Top with chopped cilantro if you like. 


If you do not use low sodium chicken broth, do not add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Wait till the rice is done cooking and salt to taste. 

  • Author: Megan
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes


  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: 255 Calories
  • Sugar: 1.2g
  • Sodium: 697g
  • Fat: 7.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Protein: 6.1g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg

Keywords: Mediterranean Rice, Yellow Rice, Rice, Side