Creamy Saffron Rice Pilaf

This Creamy Saffron Rice Pilaf is made with 100% whole grain Success® Brown Rice and vegetables for a great-tasting addition to any meal.

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Creamy Saffron Rice Pilaf

Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 5 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 15 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Brown Rice
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • pinch saffron threads
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Savory saffron threads give this whole grain rice pilaf its signature yellow color and earthy, floral flavor. Our Success® Brown Rice adds nuttiness and whole grain goodness. Try out this simple and creamy version of rice pilaf for your next lunch or dinner. Once you try it, we guarantee that you’ll want to make it on a weekly basis!

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, pour cream into a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Add saffron threads and let stand for 2 minutes, then stir cream until it turns yellow. Set aside.

    Step 2

  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Add onions and peas and sauté for 2 minutes.

    Step 3

  • Stir in hot cooked rice, saffron cream, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

    Recipe Tip

  • Although this recipe is naturally vegetarian, to make it vegan, substitute in cashew cream or another vegan variety of cream.

More Than a Simple Side

This rice pilaf isn’t just a simple side dish. The saffron-infused cream mixed with the %100 whole grain Success® Brown Rice makes this an ideal addition to any meal. You can also turn this into a main dish by topping it with your protein of choice, like shredded chicken or legumes, such as beans or lentils.

Once you master this Creamy Saffron Rice Pilaf, try your hand at our other pilaf recipes, like this Grilled Peach and Prosciutto Rice Pilaf.

Hassle-Free Side

Simple is the name of the game for this recipe! Using our Success® Boil-in-Bag Brown Rice, you can prepare a delicious dish in no time. Cooking the rice in the bag means less messy clean up. Perfectly portioned, our rice is also easy to make for any number of people. It also always comes out perfectly! With Success® Rice, you won’t have to worry about underdone or overcooked rice every again!

Feel free to try it out this dish with our Success® Boil-in-Bag White Rice or Success® Basmati Rice, as well.

If you are craving seafood then try our: how to make shrimp fried rice.