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Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice – Quick, Easy, and Delicious

Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice | The Foodie Eats

Quick, Easy, and Delicious

Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice

This past weekend, my sister asked if I could bring yellow rice to family dinner at my mom’s house. I’m sure pressure cooker yellow rice was not on her radar. But it was actually the most complimented dish of the day. Everyone kept asking… “What’s that I’m tasting?” Ah! Music to a chef’s ears. Well, I told them. And now I’m telling you.

The Method:

Why Yellow Rice From Scratch – (Why not use the bagged stuff?)

Wondering why you should try the from scratch method instead of using prepackaged bags of yellow rice? First, while making prepackaged rice that includes a seasoning packet is tempting because there’s no need to measure out spices, the amount of sodium in said packet needs a second look. Just 2oz of dry prepackaged yellow rice typically has over 30% of your daily recommended sodium intake. One popular prepackaged brand had 750MG, compared to 349MG in this recipe. With homemade, you can control the sodium level and be assured that you’re cooking with real, not artificial, ingredients.  Second, with an Instant Pot, making your own yellow rice from scratch couldn’t be easier. Just watch the video above for a step-by-step demo of how easy it is! Third, the flavor in this rice is amazing! Even my family, who like to stick to the same familiar dishes, loved the new flavors in this rice. We’ve yet to serve this rice to a crowd who didn’t devour it.

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5 from 2 votes

Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice

Easy and delicious pressure cooker yellow rice from scratch!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 227 kcal


  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1/4 cup (or one small) yellow onion diced
  • 1 TBS garlic minced
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 TBS tumeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Using sauté setting on Instant Pot - Melt butter, then add onions and garlic, cook until softened.
  2. Add rice and turmeric; stir well to coat.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, then close lid and switch to rice setting (12 minutes at low pressure).
  4. Once cooking is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Then switch valve to quick-release remaining pressure.
  5. Open lid and remove cinnamon stick, thyme stems, and bay leaf.
  6. Mix well, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make this vegan, replace chicken stock with vegetable stock and sub vegan butter or olive oil for the butter.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 349mg 15%
Potassium 154mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    April 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Quick, easy and very tasty.
    The only thing I will do different next time is actually turn my sauté setting off after my butter melts and just before I add the rice. The heat was too intense when I added the rice and I had to race against time to get the broth in there so I could get the rice off the bottom of the pot to keep it from burning! LOL!

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      April 2, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      That’s a great point. I think I’ll add that step into the recipe. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Reply
    November 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    This was delicious. Thank you! My bf was raving over it!

  • Reply
    February 18, 2018 at 10:55 am

    How many does this recipe serve? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      February 23, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Well, you end up with about 4 cups of cooked rice. So it serves quite a few people. Not sure how many servings that is, technically.

  • Reply
    April 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Is 12 minutes on low correct? I typically only cook rice 2 minutes on low, and then natural release for 10 minutes. I am afraid 12 minutes would make the rice mushy. I typically use the manual function on my instant pot.

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      April 26, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Yes, 12 minutes at low pressure is correct.

  • Reply
    June 18, 2018 at 4:58 am

    My husband and I loved this recipe! The flavors were perfect. This is the first time we tried making our own yellow rice instead of using the pre-seasoned yellow rice you can buy. Thank you for the recipe. This will be a staple for us. Next I’ll try the arroz con pollo – yummm!

    • Reply
      Chef Gary
      June 21, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks Elcee! Yeah, this recipe is definitely different than most yellow rice recipes. So I’m glad you guys liked it so much. My family LOVES it!

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