Brown Rice Pilaf With Flank Steak

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Guys, I’ve got a DELICIOUS dinner to share with you today!  I recently created this dish for one of the weekly menus in No-Fail Meals since it is ready in just 35 minutes, super easy to make, and healthy.

Growing up, I loved rice pilaf and would order it whenever I got the chance at restaurants.

I didn’t really know exactly what it was back then.  But, I knew if I ordered it, I would get some buttery, tasty, savory rice and maybe some veggies thrown in it.  Done.
Brown Rice Pilaf With Flank Steak | A delicious, savory, and healthy weeknight dinner. www.asweetpeachef.com Brown Rice Pilaf With Flank Steak | A delicious, savory, and healthy weeknight dinner. www.asweetpeachef.com

Now that I’m trying to eat cleaner and healthier, I’ve been wanting to recreate many of the foods I love, but in healthier versions.

Enter: the brown rice pilaf.

I made this recipe with a mediterranean feel so you get the saltiness from the brined kalamata olives, the freshness of the acidic grape tomatoes, the chewiness of the browned cremini mushrooms and brown rice, followed by the pungent and crisp sliced green onions.  Add to that a tender, seasoned slice of flank steak and it’s drop dead deliciousness.

It’s like a Mediterranean pilaf party in your mouth!

And, if that sounds awesome to you, I have 2 things to tell you: (1) you’re gonna love this meal, and (2) we should be friends. Because Mediterranean pilaf parties are fun.

Brown Rice Pilaf With Flank Steak | A delicious, savory, and healthy weeknight dinner. www.asweetpeachef.com

To make the pilaf healthier, I turned it into a brown rice pilaf which uses unrefined brown rice that contains more fiber and nutrients than its white rice counterpart.

While I love the paring of the leaner flank steak, you could easily swap it for chicken or another protein to go with the tasty brown rice pilaf. Or, if you wanted to make a vegetarian option, you could replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock and then not serve with a meat.  Easy peasy.

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Brown Rice Pilaf with Flank Steak

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Brown Rice Pilaf With Flank Steak
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Try this amazingly savory, healthy and mediterranean-inspired Brown Rice Pilaf With Flank Steak. Ready in just 35 minutes!
Categories: Clean, gluten free, Healthy
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: healthy brown rice pilaf, savory brown rice recipes, steak and brown rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 592 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs flank steak
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 15 medium cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 3 green onions plus more for garnish, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half lengthwise
  • 10-15 kalamata olives pitted and sliced in half lengthwise
  1. Combine the brown rice, chicken broth, and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt in a deep stock pot. Cover and cook on medium-high heat until the rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes.

  2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large fry pan.

  3. Season both sides of the flank steak with the remaining 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and black pepper.
  4. Add the steak to the hot oil and cook until well browned on both sides, flipping occasionally as needed, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside to rest.
  5. In the same pan where you cooked the steak, add the mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes, until browned.
  6. Add the sliced green onions and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add the tomatoes and kalamata olives and cook for 1 minute.
  8. Add 2 cups of the (now) cooked brown rice to the mushroom-tomato mixture and stir to combine.
  9. Cook until heated through and incorporated, about 2-3 minutes.
  10. Slice the steak against the grain into slices and serve over the brown rice pilaf.
  11. Garnish with additional sliced green onions, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Brown Rice Pilaf With Flank Steak
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 592 Calories from Fat 172
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.1g29%
Saturated Fat 6.9g35%
Cholesterol 121.1mg40%
Sodium 723.1mg30%
Carbohydrates 56.4g19%
Fiber 3.4g14%
Sugar 4.9g5%
Protein 46.8g94%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey there! I’m Lacey Baier and I’d like to welcome you! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, as well as cleanish, my clean-eating supplement brand. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

6 thoughts on “Brown Rice Pilaf With Flank Steak

  1. I’ve been cooking rice all my life, about fifty years, —both white and brown. Brown rice always takes longer than white, about 45 min total. It’s best prepared by simmering it after a boil.
    I can’t imagine it cooking properly at medium heat for 15 minutes.
    Is there an error here?

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