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Turkish Rice Pilaf with Orzo Recipe

Turkish rice pilaf with orzo is a simple side dish you can serve with almost anything. It calls for only 4 ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Turkish
Servings: 4
Calories: 469kcal


  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • ½ cup orzo
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water


  • Soak rice in water for one hour before you start cooking.
  • When you're ready to cook, rinse the rice a few times, drain and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the orzo and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until golden brown and toasted.
  • Add the rice and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add in salt and water. Bring to boil.
  • Lower the heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover, wrap the lid in a kitchen towel and place it back on the pot. Cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Fluff rice pilaf with orzo using a fork and serve with your favorite main dish.


  • Use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water if you like your rice pilaf to be richer. 
  • You can add diced carrots, peas or corn to the rice with water and cook. 
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. 
  • Add allspice, nutmeg, paprika and black pepper for extra flavor. 
  • Squeezing fresh lemon on the rice pilaf before serving gives it such bright flavor. 


Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg