Orange and Cranberry Rice Pilaf

Kim Biegacki


This is an extremely flavorful rice pilaf and if you love the taste of curry & marmalade you will most definitely enjoy this. However, if you are not used to working with curry I suggest a small amount be added and then taste as to whether you want more curry or not.

This is a unique rice pilaf and I was trying a few different things with this dish but posted my final recipe for you. As you read in the notes you will see what I tried adding and what I deleted.

I look forward to trying it again one more time before I present it as a dish for the holidays.

Let me know what you think if you make this and if you custom it at all. I am trying to perfect this one.


★★★★★ 3 votes

4 - 6 servings
15 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


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  • 3/4 c
    chopped celery
  • 1/2 c
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    uncooked long grain rice
  • 2 1/2 c
    chicken broth
  • 1 c
    chopped fresh mushrooms (white)
  • 1/3 c
    slivered almonds, toasted (i only had sliced but wanted slivered)
  • 2 Tbsp
    orange marmalade
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    celery salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp
    curry---if you are not used to cooking with curry put 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1/3 c
    sweetened dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp
    orange zest

How to Make Orange and Cranberry Rice Pilaf


  1. In a large saucepan saute celery and onion in butter till tender. Remove from pan and set aside. Now saute your mushrooms till tender and set aside.

    I love the color of the sauteed veggies.
  2. Now brown your rice in a pan for about 5 minutes and then cook as directed on box (15 minutes usually) but with your chicken broth and spices. When rice is finished add your sauteed veggies, cranberries and your marmalade.
  3. Stir in your parsley last and then plate it. Add your orange zest for garnish.
    I set the nuts in a bowl on the table for those who can have them and want them. Mainly cause my husband can't have them.
  4. Now this is not how I made this tonight. I added all the sauteed veggies and cranberries in the rice while cooking. Well, I really am disappointed with how my dish looks....yes, I am. I am posting though I am disgusted. I prefer the brightness and crunch of slightly sauteed celery and I love the mushrooms freshness too. So, it only makes sense to me to add them last; however, if you don't care about crunch and brightness just add them into your rice while cooking.

    Oh, and I also tried adding 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice in place of the chicken broth. That must of changed the color of the didn't like that either. LOL

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About Orange and Cranberry Rice Pilaf

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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