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What to Serve with Rice Pilaf? 10 BEST Side Dishes

Rice pilaf is fabulous on its own, but let’s admit it, we all love a little variety on our plates. It’s that versatile dish that can hang out at any party and still fit in.

We’ve been experimenting in our tiny kitchens, pairing pilaf with different side dishes.

Ever tried it with some tangy roasted veggies? Oh, it’s a game-changer. How about a light, fresh salad? Perfect for a balanced meal.

We’ve gathered our favourite sidekicks for rice pilaf and trust us, they’re worth trying. So, if you’re wondering what to serve on the side, read on for some tasty ideas!

Top 10 Side Dishes for Rice Pilaf

Here are our top 10 picks for side dishes to serve with rice pilaf:

Side DishMain IngredientFlavorDifficultyTime
Grilled Chicken KebabsChickenSavory, SmokyMedium30 min
Roasted AsparagusAsparagusEarthy, NuttyEasy20 min
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels SproutsBrussels SproutsNutty, Cheesy, GarlickyMedium25 min
Baked SalmonSalmonRich, ButteryEasy25 min
Sautéed Spinach with GarlicSpinachGarlicky, SavoryEasy15 min
Baked Chicken ThighsChickenCrispy, JuicyEasy45 min
Roasted BroccoliBroccoliNutty, CrispyEasy20 min
Grilled Pork ChopsPorkSavory, JuicyMedium25 min
Sautéed MushroomsMushroomsEarthy, ButteryEasy20 min
Baked CodCodFlaky, MildEasy25 min

1 – Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Grilled chicken kebabs are a rockstar side. We love how the chicken gets charred and smoky on the outside. Inside, it’s juicy and tender.

We’ve noticed the marinade flavors—garlic, lemon, and herbs—create a zesty burst. Pairing it with rice pilaf adds a delicious contrast.

We often serve these at our weekend barbecues. They’re always a hit!

2 – Roasted Asparagus

We need to talk about roasted asparagus. It’s the crispy, green veggie we can’t get enough of.

Snappy texture with a hint of smokiness, it’s like the cool kid of vegetables. That charred flavor? Incredible. Fresh-tasting and totally not boring.

Toss it with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. It’s amazing with rice pilaf.

3 – Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Alright, folks, let’s dig into these little green gems. We’re talking roasted until crispy with a generous sprinkle of garlic and parmesan. Crunchy on the outside, tender inside.

They’re flavor-packed, slightly nutty, with a garlic kick. Perfect with rice pilaf.

We love them so much we make extra for snacking! Pure veggie bliss.

4 – Baked Salmon

Okay, let’s talk baked salmon. Flaky, tender fish that’s packed with omega-3s—it’s just so good.

We usually bake it with a bit of lemon and dill. The burst of citrusy freshness is unbeatable. The buttery texture pairs fantastically with rice pilaf.

We often save leftovers for lunch, but they rarely last that long!

5 – Sautéed Spinach with Garlic

We absolutely love sautéed spinach with garlic. It’s simple to make and fits perfectly with rice pilaf. The spinach becomes wilted, tender, and deliciously garlicky. It’s an explosion of flavor.

We like the slight bitterness balanced with the aromatic garlic. It’s quick, healthy, and super tasty. Got a busy weeknight? This is your go-to.

6 – Baked Chicken Thighs

Alright, folks, let’s talk baked chicken thighs. We bake them to juicy perfection. They have a lovely crispy skin and are wonderfully tender inside. Lemon and garlic enhance the flavor. So simple, yet incredibly tasty.

We usually pair them with rice pilaf for a balanced and hearty meal. It’s comfort food at its best.

7 – Roasted Broccoli

Roasted broccoli is our crunchy go-to. It’s charred with a hint of smokiness. We love that crispy texture outside, with a tender interior.

Sprinkles of garlic and lemon juice elevate its flavor. Pairing it with rice pilaf creates a balance of savory and fresh. We often munch on leftovers as snacks. So easy and tasty!

8 – Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled pork chops are a great sidekick for rice pilaf. We love their juicy and savory flavors. Garlic and herbs make the meat tender and aromatic.

They always get crispy on the outside without losing that juicy bite inside. Fantastic balance with the pilaf’s subtle flavors. We often serve them on busy weeknights.

9 – Sautéed Mushrooms

Oh man, sautéed mushrooms are such a treat. They’re earthy, rich, and just the right amount of chewy.

We love how they soak up flavors. Cook them with butter, garlic, and a touch of thyme. It’s a burst of umami goodness.

They add depth to any dish, especially alongside rice pilaf. Plus, they’re super easy to make.

10 – Baked Cod

Baked cod is a light, flaky delight. The lemon juice and simple herbs give it a fresh zesty taste. Pairs wonderfully with rice pilaf. We love how it’s tender yet firm.

It’s perfect for a quick, nutritious dinner. We often whip this up during busy weeks. Easy, tasty, and totally satisfying.