Plov (beef rice pilaf)

Instant pot: Add meat, 3 1/2 cups of water, and spices to instant pot. Pressure cook on high for 12 minutes. Natural release for 15 minutes. Strain and reserve liquid. Wipe out instant pot. Turn instant pot to sauté on high. Once hot, add oil, sauté vegetables, add rice and seasonings, meat and liquid. Rice, auto (12 min).


Plov (beef rice pilaf)

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

A simple yet flavorful way to serve rice and beef.


  • 1.5-2 lbs. chuck stew beef
  • 1/4 cup oil or 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups jasmine rice
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


  1. Boil meat in 4 cups of water for 45 minutes to 1 hour, lightly covered. Drain and reserve juices. Set aside. 
  2. Dice onion and bell pepper. Julienne carrots. Set aside.
  3. If using bacon, cut into 1/2” pieces. Fry in a pot over medium (5) heat until crispy, then remove. Add enough oil to pot to create 1/4 cup.
  4. Add beef, onion, carrot, and bell pepper to oil and sauté until soft.
  5. Add remaining ingredients to pot except water. Fry for a few minutes to allow flavors to combine. 
  6. Add 4 cups of reserved liquid from cooking meat and adjust seasonings, as needed.
  7. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to medium-low (2-3). Allow to simmer until rice is fully cooked and water is absorbed, 25-30 minutes. Stir every 6-10 minutes to avoid burning the bottom.


To make in the oven: Complete steps 1-6. Pour contents of pot into a 9”x13” baking dish. Bake covered with tin foil at 375°F for 50 minutes.

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