Turkish Rice Pilaf (Pirinç Pilavı)

  • Yield : 6-8
  • Servings : 6-8
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 45m
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Rice pilaf is famous in Turkey and served in restaurants as a side dish to poultry or red meats. You can prepare Turkish rice recipe in 2 different ways. By steeping the rice in hot salty water for 30 minutes – 1 hour or cooking without steeping in. You will need 1.5 times water the amount of rice you have used. So if it was a glass you will need a 1,5 glass of warm water.


  • 2 glasses of rice (a normal kitchen glass will do, approx 225 or 250 ml)
  • 3 glasses of hot water or chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Rinse the rice in a sieve under cold water. Place the rice in a bowl and cover with warm salted water for 30 minutes – 1 hour.

Step 2

Melt the butter in a broad and shallow nonstick saucepan.

Step 3

Drain the rice and put in saucepan, and sauté for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously.

Step 4

Pour the stock or water into the pan, bring to the boil, then turn down to simmer on a low heat.

Step 5

Cover the saucepan and cook until the rice has absorbed all the water.

Step 6

Remove from heat and keep the pan covered until you are ready to serve. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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