Beef Plov (Beef Rice Pilaf) Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
This Beef Rice Pilaf is the best I've tried. This recipe makes a big batch which is great since it reheats really well. Step-by-step photo instructions.
This recipe makes a big batch which is great since it reheats really well. That's my favorite way to eat it; crisped over a skillet and served with a pickle.
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $12-$14
Servings: 10 -12


  • 1 1/2 lbs Beef chuck beef sirloin or good quality beef stew meat
  • 1/3 cup canola oil or extra light olive oil (not extra virgin)
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots cut into matchsticks or grated
  • 1 tsp salt for the meat and veggies + 1 1/2 tsp salt for the rice
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • 1 3/4 cups hot water for braising meat
  • 3 cups long grain rice Basmati or Jasmin rice work great!
  • 4 cups hot water when cooking rice
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 head of garlic


  1. Trim beef of excess fat and sinews (aka the chewy stuff), pat the meat dry with a paper towel and chop into 1/2" to 3/4" pieces.
  2. Preheat your dutch oven (or your large soup pot with a heavy bottom), to high heat. Once it's hot, stir in your 1/3 cup canola oil. Once oil is hot, add chopped meat and saute uncovered 7 min over high heat until meat is browned, stirring every minute or so so it doesn't scorch to the bottom of the pan. Note: it's important to preheat the dutch oven first for the meat to sear over very high heat, otherwise it will juice out and become dry.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and Add chopped onion, stirring often until onion is softened (5 minutes). Stir in sliced carrots, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp cumin, 3-4 bay leaves and continue to cook over medium heat 5 minutes until carrots are softened.
  4. Add 1 3/4 cups hot water, cover and simmer over medium/low heat 45 min or until meat is tender.
  5. Meanwhile, rinse rice until water runs clear, then drain and set aside (this gets rid of the starch so you won't end up with a sticky rice).
  6. Spread rice over the meat and add 4 cups hot water. Sprinkle the rice with 1 1/2 tsp salt (DO NOT STIR), bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and Let cook uncovered until most of the water is absorbed (10 min).
  7. Cut off the head of your garlic to expose the cloves. Put your head of garlic, cut side down into the center of the rice and sprinkle the top of the rice with 1 tsp ground coriander.
  8. Poke 7-10 holes through the rice to allow steam to escape to the surface, reduce the heat to low then cover and cook an additional 15 minutes or until rice is cooked through. Remove the garlic head and bay leaves and stir everything gently to combine and you're done.