Asian Orange Rice Pilaf

Orange and raisins add flavor and wonderful aroma to this simple pilaf. It makes a great lunch or snack by itself, or a delicious side dish alongside grilled salmon.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • ⅓ cup slivered almonds
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. dried tarragon leaves
  • ⅛ tsp. white pepper
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 cups water


  • Combine almonds, orange juice, zest, and sesame oil in a blender or food processor. Blend or process until smooth, about 10 to 15 seconds.
  • In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add rice and onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add salt, tarragon, pepper, and raisins and stir.
  • Add orange mixture and water. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is tender, about 18 to 23 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.