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Yellow rice in a clear glass bowl.

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 224kcal
Author Gary White


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric ground
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


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


To make this vegan, replace chicken stock with vegetable stock and sub vegan butter or olive oil for the butter.
Use ground turmeric, not fresh. However, use fresh thyme.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2.2mg