There are some dishes that are just so reliable that I find myself serving them over and over again. This golden rice pilaf has always been a hit with my guests, and I can’t get enough of the wonderful aroma that it fills the room with. I like to use golden rice from Ralston Family Farms in this dish. Check out their website to learn more about their artisanal and sustainable rice products!


  • 1 cup uncooked golden rice
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • teaspoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Once water is boiling, add rice, cover, and reduce to simmer.
  3. Simmer for 45 minutes without removing the lid.
  4. After 45 minutes, turn off heat and let the pot of rice sit, covered, for 15 minutes.
  5. While the rice is cooking, in large non-stick skillet, heat oil and add onion, celery, and carrot. Saute over medium-high heat until vegetables are soft and onions are translucent.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the herbs.
  7. Add vegetable mixture to cooked rice, fluff with a fork, and serve immediately.