Instant Pot Yellow Rice (Arroz Amarillo)

Yellow Rice, aka Arroz Amarillo, is most commonly found in Mexican & Spanish cuisines. It has an undeniable flavor and here, we are going to do it in only FIVE ingredients (in fact, it can even be done in four). The secret to the yellow color is in a spice known as turmeric which is heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory as well as has the potential to prevent against some serious conditions! It simply doesn’t get better, tastier, quicker or easier than this!

In fact, this is a way you can make Spanish Rice on your own without it being boxed!

Yellow Rice (Arroz Amarillo)
Rinsed white rice
Begin with some white rice that’s been rinsed in a fine-mesh strainer (you can tell it’s been rinsed once the water goes from being cloudy to clear).
Adding broth to pot
Pour in some water or a broth of your choice for extra flavor…
Adding garlic salt and turmeric to pot
…and add some garlic salt and turmeric (this is what gives it that yellow color, not to mention adds loads of health benefits)!
Adding olive oil and/or butter to pot
Who doesn’t love options? Add either olive oil, butter or a mix of the two!
Stirring pot
Give everything a stir, secure the lid and cook at high pressure.
Finished arroz amarillo
When done, a pot of perfecto y delicioso arroz amarillo awaits!
Fluffing rice
Fluff the rice up and add any other seasonings you may wish, to taste!
Rice in a bowl
Place in a bowl and top how you see fit (guac, sour cream and salsa are always nice touches – as is some rotisserie chicken).
Man holding fork with rice
Give it a nice fork lift…
Man eating rice
…bring it to the mouth…
Man holding bowl of rice and looking happy
…and enjoy the simplistic wonder that is arroz amarillo!
Man holding books
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Instant Pot Yellow Rice (Arroz Amarillo)
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Instant Pot Yellow Rice (Arroz Amarillo)

Instant Pot Yellow Rice (Arroz Amarillo)

Yellow Rice, aka Arroz Amarillo, is most commonly found in Mexican & Spanish cuisines. It has an undeniable flavor and here, we are going to do it in only FIVE ingredients (in fact, it can even be done in four). The secret to the yellow color is in a spice known as turmeric which is heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory as well as has the potential to prevent against some serious conditions! It simply doesn't get better, tastier, quicker or easier than this!

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups jasmine rice, rinsed (see Jeff’s Tips)
  • 2 cups water (or, for more flavor, a broth of your choice – chicken or garlic preferred)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 stick) salted butter OR ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (NOTE: you can also add half of each)
  • ½ - 1 tablespoon garlic salt (see Jeff’s Tips)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot and stir. Secure the lid, move the valve to the
    sealing position, and hit Manual or Pressure Cook on High Pressure for 3 minutes. When done, allow a 10-minute natural release followed by a quick release.  
  2. Remove the lid, fluff with a fork and serve.

Jeffrey's Tips

Regardless if you use salted/unsalted butter or olive oil, I think the savory level of the dish is perfect as is. But you can always start by adding ½ tablespoon of garlic salt in Step 1 and then add more to taste in Step 2. To that point, you can add any seasonings you wish while fluffing.

If you’d rather use brown rice, pressure cook for 25 minutes with a 10-minute natural release for softer rice and 15 minutes with a 5-minute natural release for firmer.

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