Seasoned Rice Pilaf: Main Dish or Side Dish?

Dinner Recipe

Do you want to try a rice recipe that's different from usual? If so, you must try this seasoned rice pilaf recipe that tastes delicious.

Nothing feels better than a bowl of hot seasoned rice pilaf with mushrooms on a cozy evening!

As the nights are getting colder, I crave something warmer. And nothing tastes better than a bowl of delicious pilaf with mushrooms. After all, it’s got all the spices, which makes it different. And it can keep anyone full for a long time. So, it’s a win-win. 

You can add this dish to your brunch menu or dinner menu. You can pair it with any of the side dishes as it tastes yummy with everything. Even if you haven’t invited anyone, you can cook it for yourself and enjoy it while watching your favorite show.

It’s the perfect side dish to a delicious ham for Christmas dinner. Or a main dish at dinner.

Comforting Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Mushroom

While I am totally in love with mushrooms now, it wasn’t always the case when I was a kid. When I was young, the mushroom was my least favorite dish. But since it has high nutrient content, my mom would make me eat it. 

I’m glad that my parents made me eat it because, over the years, my taste buds have started liking the flavors of mushrooms. Also, this is why I’m in love with this seasoned rice pilaf with mushrooms. 

This dish is high in nutrients, and it tastes the best. Once you’ve cooked it, you’ll want to prepare it again. While preparing this dish, you can add a few more herbs or spices because this recipe pairs perfectly with nearly everything. 

Can’t wait to prepare this yummy seasoned pilaf with the mushroom recipe? Scroll down to know the steps. 

Steps to Prepare Seasoned Pilaf With Mushrooms 

To prepare seasoned rice pilaf with mushroom, you need to follow each step mentioned below correctly. 

Step One

The preparation of this dish requires you to wash, peel, and dice one onion. Then you can mince garlic cloves properly. After that, move towards cutting veggies. So, take one carrot and peel it. Finally, dice it in a similar shape so that rice can be cooked quickly. 

Furthermore, take 10 oz of mushrooms and clean them properly. Then chop the mushroom in a shape that you like. 

Once all the cutting is done, you can heat a pan on medium flame. Add olive oil and butter to the pan and add chopped onion and minced garlic cloves. Cook them for a couple of minutes. Then add carrots and mushrooms to the pan. Stir the veggies for five to six minutes till they get tender. 

Step Two

While you are cooking the veggies, you can add spices to them. Start by adding salt, pepper, and paprika. After some time, add ¾ cup of water to the pan and cook the veggies. Then clean four cups of rice under running water. Add it to the pan, and then again add a few cups of water so that the rice can get properly cooked.  

Stir the rice to make sure nothing sticks at the bottom of the pan. Then place the lid and let the rice cook for some time. Before turning off the flame, add soup noodles to the dish and cook it for five minutes. 

Serve hot pilaf with mushrooms. 

Key Notes

  • While preparing this dish, don’t skimp on the saute time. That’s because the longer veggies will saute, the better they will taste. Longer saute time will help the veggies release juice, further enhancing the dish’s overall taste. 
  • There is no restriction to the kind of mushroom you can use for this dish. Generally, I use oyster mushrooms or shimeji. But if you want, you can use any of the mushrooms of your choice. Properly saute the mushroom so that it can release aroma and flavors. 

What to Serve with Seasoned Rice Pilaf?

Personally, I enjoy a giant bowl of pilaf with mushrooms, but if you want, you can enjoy it with other dishes as well. Roasted chicken, Chinese BBQ pork, steak, fish, or a simple vegetable curry would go perfectly with this dish. 

Can I Freeze Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms?

If you have prepared extra pilaf with mushrooms, you can store it for your next meal. For freezing, you need to take an airtight container. Then transfer the rice to the container, cover it and keep it in the fridge. 

Make sure that you don’t freeze the rice for a long time because the dish’s taste will decrease. Also, after taking out the dish, let it defrost for a while, reheat it, and then enjoy it with a side dish. 

What are Different Methods of Preparing Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Mushroom?

If you want to add more spice and flavors to your pilaf with the mushroom dish, add green onions along with regular onions. You can also add vegetable stock or chicken broth.

Seasoned Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms

Do you want to try a rice recipe that's different from usual? If so, you must try this seasoned rice pilaf recipe that tastes delicious and can be prepared in less than an hour. It's my ultimate favorite rice recipe because it has a blast of flavors that never fails to impress me.
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins


  • Bowl
  • Spatula


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 10 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup soup noodles


  • Warm the butter and olive oil in a pan and start cooking the diced onion and minced garlic cloves.
  • Stir in the diced carrots, mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the rice and mix until combined.
  • Season with paprika powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add water ¾ cup at a time mixing well until the rice absorbs the water, and then repeat to add the remaining water.
  • Just before ending, stir in the soup noodles and cook for five more minutes.


Note: To add more taste to the pilaf with mushroom, you can add extra butter. 
Author: Scrappy Geek
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American

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