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Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice Easily Made from Scratch

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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.

 

Why Yellow Rice From Scratch?

(Why not just 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 2 ounces of dry pre-packaged yellow rice typically has over 30% of your daily recommended sodium intake. One popular prepackaged brand had 750mg, compared to less than 200mg 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. 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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The Process

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Using sauté setting – Melt butter…

 

Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice | The Foodie Eats

then add onions and cook for about 1 minute until softened.

 

Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice | The Foodie Eats

Then add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

 

Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice | The Foodie Eats

Add rice…

 

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and turmeric.

 

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Stir well to coat.

 

Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice | The Foodie Eats

Add all remaining ingredients and mix well. Then lock lid and cook for 12 minutes at low pressure.

 

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Once cooking is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (will take about 10 minutes). Open lid and remove cinnamon stick, thyme stems, and bay leaf. Mix well with a fork to fluff, serve, and enjoy!

 

And this is the AMAZING Result…

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Pressure Cooker Yellow Rice

Easy and delicious pressure cooker yellow rice from scratch!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 224 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 Tbsp. turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Using sauté setting on Instant Pot - Melt butter, then add onions and cook for about 1 minute until softened. Then add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

  2. Add rice and turmeric; stir well to coat.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and mix well. Then lock lid and cook for 12 minutes at low pressure.

  4. Once cooking is complete, allow pressure to release naturally (will take about 10 minutes).

  5. Open lid and remove cinnamon stick, thyme stems, and bay leaf.
  6. Mix well with a fork to fluff, 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 224 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 193mg 8%
Potassium 211mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 2.2%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Jesse
    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
    Tiffany
    November 12, 2017 at 2:43 pm

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

  • Reply
    Robin
    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
    Susan
    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
    Elcee
    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!

  • Reply
    Erica
    October 30, 2018 at 11:09 am

    My pot doesn’t have a low pressure setting. Normal cook time for plain basmati rice is 4 minutes on manual plus 10 minutes npr. What should I do?

    • Reply
      Gary
      October 31, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      Yes, that method should work just fine.

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