Almond Rice Pilaf With Fresh Green Beans

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"I usually make this when I serve grilled salmon and I have fresh locally grown green beans"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (207.8 g)
  • Calories 211.5
  • Total Fat - 5.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 14.8 mg
  • Sodium - 1283.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 34.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.2 g
  • Sugars - 1.8 g
  • Protein - 6.4 g
  • Calcium - 42 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

Step 2

Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water. Wipe out the saucepan.

Step 3

In the same saucepan melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, 1 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth, bay leaf and lemon zest and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low; cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 18 minutes.

Step 4

Remove from the heat; add the green beans cover and let stand 5 minutes. Uncover and stir in the lemon juice, half of the almonds, and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaf. Transfer the rice to a bowl and top with the remaining almonds.


No special items needed.

6 Reviews


I am a lemon person, so this caught my eye. Loved the combination of flavors and the added crunch from the nuts! So delicious aside my baked stuffed pork chops.


(3 Nov 2019)


I bought some fresh string beans and decided to make this side. It was delicious. I did use brown rice, which worked out well. It was very tasty and my aunt and I loved it with our fresh grilled salmon and side salad. Very nice combination of flavors. It will go well with many of the meals we prepare so we will be using it often when we want rice dishes. Thank you for sharing it here with us Yancey82! Linda


(25 Aug 2014)


We certainly loved this rice! It was our side to some grilled T-bones I made. This rice will become a staple on my menus now. We love it so much!


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(17 Apr 2014)


A lovely side to our pork tenderloin. This is a versatile recipe and will be served often at my table. My family loved it!


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(26 Sep 2013)


This is a delightful recipe. We really enjoyed every bite. I cut the recipe in half with no problem. I had curried lamb and baby carrots along side. Thanks Ynacey for a lovely dinner


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(23 Nov 2012)


This is a delicious pilaf and we loved it with fresh green beans. I used long grain wild rice and prepared it with no difficulties. This goes so well with so many things I will be having it again for sure. Thanks Yancey!


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(8 Sep 2012)

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