Turkish White Rice Pilaf Recipe: Pilav

How to Make White Rice Pilaf

Serves 4-6


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted clarified butter
  • 1 ½ cups long-grain white rice, washed, soaked, and drained
  • 2 ½ cups hot chicken stock or water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the butter in a heavy saucepan set over medium heat. Add the rice and stir with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes, until the rice is coated with butter. Pour in the chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil, then lower the heat, cover the saucepan, and cook gently for about 15 minutes, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and let the pilaf stand, covered, for 5 minutes; then stir the rice and serve.