The best part about the Instant Pot is how quickly you can make yummy food like Yellow Rice.
The second best thing is that you can make homemade versions of prepackaged food that are healthier and better tasting.
This recipe is one of those homemade versions.
It’s so much better than the pre-packaged versions.
It only takes a few minutes of prep, and you have a delicious, healthier alternative your family will love.
The origins of yellow rice
While you don’t see yellow rice much in US cuisine, it’s history is long around the world.
It’s first known mention is from a book written in the 1600s called Sorel’s Comical History of Francion
Depending on which version of yellow rice you research, the source of the beautiful color varied.
Some cultures use turmeric, some use annatto, and some add saffron.
When I created this recipe, I decided to include each of those spices, and I loved the outcome.
To check the taste, we decided to buy a pre-packaged version to test alongside our version.
That way we could see how our version stacked up against it.
The packaged version has dried vegetables.
Ours has fresh.
The packaged version has MSG.
Ours does not.
Tips for Instant Pot Yellow Rice Success
Gather your ingredients before you start cooking, especially when you’re working with a new cuisine.
On this dish, I forgot the garlic when I gathered the ingredients.
Fortunately, I had a couple of helpers who grabbed some garlic for me so I didn’t burn anything.
If you’re new to using your Instant pot, rice dishes are a great place to start.
Most Instant pots have a rice setting, so it’s difficult to get the timing wrong.
Rice is a great ingredient for making frugal dishes, so you can stretch your cooking budget, but if you mess up, it’s not a huge deal either.
Here are a some extra tips to make sure your rice is as yummy as possible.
- Assemble all of your ingredients in the order that you will use them.
- Peel and dice your onion.
- Mince the garlic.
- If possible, cook with someone and have them read the recipe to you as you cook because cooking is more fun with people and then you won’t skip any steps, not that I’ve ever done that (cough cough yes I have).
- If you’re cooking this on your own, read through the entire recipe before you start cooking. There are not that many steps, and I write recipes as if people are brand new cooking.
- Have fun. Cooking is a skill I believe anyone can learn and master with practice. Everyone who cooks well has messed up and thrown a meal in the garbage. If you mess up, there’s always the drive thru, but if you follow the steps here, you shouldn’t need that, at least tonight.
Let’s get cooking!
- 2 tbs butter
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 tsp Sazon Tropical seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- Pinch of saffron
- 2 cups long grain rice
- 1/2 cup petite diced tomatoes
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 green onions, parsley or chives for garnish
- Select Saute on your Instant Pot, add olive oil and butter
- When the butter is melted and starts to bubble, add the onions and celery.
- Cook until onion and celery soften, two to three minutes.
- Add garlic and saute for 1 minute more.
- Add tomato, and stir scraping the bottom of the pot until any brown bits are incorporated.
- Stir in the Sazon seasoning, turmeric, and saffron.
- Mix in the rice.
- Add the chicken stock
- Press Cancel/Keep Warm, place the lid on the Instant Pot making sure the vent is closed, and press the Instant Pot Rice setting.
- Let the Instant Pot naturally pressure release for at least 5 minutes after the cooling cycle finishes.
- Release the remaining pressure and open the lid.
- Sprinkle with the green onion, parsley or chives.
- Fluff the rice and serve.
- Add additional salt and pepper to taste
There are several ways to adapt this recipe. You can add beans, chicken, sausage, peas and corn.
You can use substitute water for vegetable broth, and you can use fresh tomato if you have some
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Badia Sazon Tropical With Coriander And Annato, 6.75 oz
Simply Organic Ground Turmeric Root, Certified Organic | 2.38 oz | Curcuma longa L.
Persian Saffron Threads, Pure Red Saffron Spice Threads | Super Negin Grade | Highest Quality and Flavor | For Culinary Use Such as Tea, Paella Rice, Risotto, Tachin, Basmati, Rice (5 Grams)
365 Everyday Value, Organic Diced Tomatoes, No Salt Added, 14.5 oz
La Preferida Long Grain Rice, 1 lb
Swansons Chicken Stock, 32 oz
Accmor 11 Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Cups Set, Premium Stackable Tablespoons Measuring Set for Gift Dry Liquid Ingredients Cooking Baking
Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup Set (4-Piece, Microwave and Oven Safe ),Clear
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Sterilizer, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 6 Quart, 14 One-Touch Programs
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 522mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g
All nutrition information is approximate and for informational use only. Your serving sizes and nutrition information may differ.
I like recipes that share pictures of the cooking process so I do that when I can.
I hope seeing these pictures will help you.
For this recipe, my husband helped with the photography.
While neither of us is a professional photographer we tried to give you an idea of how the recipe should look.
Even if our photos aren’t the greatest, I think they’re still helpful, and I hope you do too.
Follow along with pictures of the cooking process.
Homemade Instant Pot Yellow Rice
Instant Pot pre-packaged yellow rice
Here are the finished products. I know which one I want!
All original image in this article by Patrick Bemmes.
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Final notes about this rice dish
There are several ways to make this dish.
Some like their yellow rice with chicken.
Others like to spice it up with sausage.
Some prefer it with beans, especially black beans.
Others prefer it with peas and corn.
Which ever you choose, the Instant pot makes it so much easier to have your rice and eat it sooner.