Saffron Walnut Rice Pilaf

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Saffron Walnut Rice Pilaf combines some flavors that go very well with pineapple: red onion, walnuts, saffron and basil.



When searching for the perfect accompaniment to the Pineapple Pork Chops I made for “Date Night & Dinner Parties” I combined some flavors that go very well with pineapple: red onion, walnuts, saffron and basil.  Mr. W doesn’t eat chunks of onion, so I diced these finely so they would dissolve into the rice.  If you want chunks, cut them bigger.

This saffron walnut rice pilaf is amazing!!!

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Saffron Walnut Rice Pilaf

Donna Elick
Saffron Walnut Rice Pilaf
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 4


  • 16 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • pinch saffron threads
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped, toasted
  • 4 Basil leaves, chopped


  • Heat broth small saucepan over moderate heat until hot, then sprinkle saffron, salt and pepper into liquid and stir. Remove from heat. Set aside. (You will notice the broth has started to take on the lovely amber color from the saffron).
  • In a separate 2-quart heavy saucepan cook onion and butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add rice into onions and cook, stirring, until pale golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in saffron broth, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes, then fluff rice with a fork and fold in walnuts. Garnish with basil and serve.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 337cal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 619mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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  1. I love the look of this pilaf! I also love the sound of the pineapple chops! What a plate of food! I have a small roaster to make in the next couple days… this rice pilaf may well be the accompaniment! Yum! Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    This is such a nice mix of flavors that all work together beautifully! I love making this for when guests come over, Its perfect with your lemon drop martini!

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