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Zaatar Pilaf

Zaatar Pilaf

This high protein dish can be made with homemade or store-bought seitan. Even more protein is added in the form of Brazil nuts. Serve this pilaf as a main course with a crisp salad.

Serves 3-4.


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (divided use)
  • 1 c diced seitan (or use Heritage Vege-Scallops)
  • 1 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1/2 c Brazil nuts, cut in thirds
  • 1 orange or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 c chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, roasted, seeded and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 c cooked brown rice
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp zaatar seasoning


  1. In a 3-quart or larger heavy pot over medium heat, warm one tablespoon of the oil. Add diced seitan; brown, stirring often for about 3 minutes. Remove to a holding dish and set aside.
  2. In the same heavy pot, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the butter. Stir in the nuts, peppers, tomatoes and red onions. Sauté 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the jalapeños and garlic. Sauté another minute.
  4. Add the rice, the browned seitan, lime juice, salt and zaatar. Toss and heat through for a couple of minutes.
  5. Serve in bowls or on plates with added zaatar and slices of lime if desired. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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