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Greek Style Rice Recipe (Greek Pilaf)

This easy Greek style rice is so easy to make and makes the perfect side dish for your greek chicken or souvlaki. With just a handful of ingredients, you can make this restaurant style Greek rice pilaf at home! It is wonderful served hot or allow it to cool and serve it at room temperature as part of a picnic. Or portion it out with some grilled chicken and fresh spinach for your lunch prep!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 4
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin oil
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 1/4 cups vegetable broth

For garnish

  • 3 tbsp chopped oregano
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  • Peel and chop the onion into small chunks then peel and mince the garlic.
  • Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large saute pan/ deep frying pan (Use one you have a lid for)
  • Add in the onions and cook over low heat for 4-5 minutes until soft, Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
  • Pour in the rice and stir to coat in the olive and onion mixture.
  • Add the zest and juice of one lemon, the dried oregano and then pour in the hot vegetable broth.
  • Bring to a simmer then cover and cook for 15 minutes over low heat.
  • Once the time is done, remove the pan from the heat and leave it covered for 10 minutes.
  • Once this time is done, remove the lid and squeeze over the juice of the remaining lemon.
  • Taste the rice for salt, then garnish with your fresh herbs and finish with extra virgin olive oil and plenty of black pepper and salt if needed.


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 20.6mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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