Greek Lemon Pilaf

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"Goes great with souvlaki or shrimp sand feta casserole."

Original recipe yields 3-4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (299.7 g)
  • Calories 222.8
  • Total Fat - 11.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 20.4 mg
  • Sodium - 1033.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 28.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.2 g
  • Sugars - 1.9 g
  • Protein - 4.1 g
  • Calcium - 45.2 mg
  • Iron - 1.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

In a heavy saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender.

Step 2

Add rice and orzo and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Step 3

Add chicken broth and lemon juice and bring to a boil.

Step 4

Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed.

Step 5

Fluff pilaf up with fork and stir in chopped parsley.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Cheryl Swarthout

Great basic pilaf recipe. Anyone who doesn't have orzo can simply substitute a handful of thin spaghetti broken into 1" pieces.

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(30 Sep 2020)


We love Rice Pilaf so this was an easy pick for me. We love the lemony flavor, and especially enjoy it with fish. This is the recipe that didn't get away!

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(21 Sep 2020)


What a great tasting side this makes! So glad I had some leftover for lunch.

review by:
(8 May 2015)


This site has the best recipes and this is right up there with the best! We love this lemony rice, especially with fish and chicken.

review by:
(20 Jan 2015)


Yippee! So glad you brought this over from another website where I had reviewed it. My family loves this! A wonderful lemony side with poultry, fish and pork. Thanks Sue Lau!

review by:
(27 Jun 2014)


I love rice and we have it often. This was delicious rice! I made it with grilled pork chops with Greek seasoning.

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(24 Aug 2013)