Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for Instant Pot Yellow Rice. Ground turmeric adds a beautiful yellow color with anti-inflammatory properties. Everyone loves this savory side dish.

a bowl of yellow rice

Make perfect yellow rice in your Instant Pot every time! You can ditch packaged yellow rice because this recipe is just as easy.

Yellow rice is a Spanish dish made with white rice and turmeric. It usually contains butter or olive oil and seasonings like garlic powder and onion powder. Turmeric is what gives it that sunny yellow color it’s known for.

Although packaged yellow rice like Vigo can be helpful in a pinch, most packaged varieties contain preservatives, MSG, and artificial coloring. Homemade yellow rice gives you the same great flavors without any of the additives. My favorite way to cook it is in the Instant Pot. It takes out all the guesswork and gives you perfectly cooked yellow rice every time!

This kid-friendly side dish is perfect for a busy weeknight! Serve yellow rice alongside any main dish to jazz up any meal.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Perfect rice every time – no mushy or crunchy rice.
  • You don’t have to babysit the stove. The Instant Pot does all the work.
  • It’s ready in 30 minutes and is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
  • A perfect side dish for Greek or Spanish dishes. If you want a fancier version, try my Indian Yellow Rice.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for yellow rice

Olive oil – Heart-healthy olive oil imparts plenty of flavor.

Onion – Once onions are cooked, their pungent flavor mellows and gets sweet. You can use white, sweet, or yellow onions for this recipe.

White basmati rice – Be sure to use long-grain white basmati rice. Short-grain rice has a higher starch content and won’t cook correctly.

Seasoning – Turmeric is an essential part of yellow rice. It’s what gives yellow rice its beautiful color and quintessential flavor. You will also need garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Vegetable broth – Vegetable broth packs in lots of flavor with only one ingredient. Vegetable broth can be high in sodium which is why I recommend buying reduced-sodium broth.

Recipe Steps

how to make yellow rice in instant pot

Step One

Press the Sauté button on your Instant Pot. Pour in the olive oil and let it heat up for a few minutes. Then, add the diced onion.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Cook the onion until it starts to soften and caramelize. Cancel the Sauté button and scrape up any pieces of onion that have stuck to the bottom of the pot. This will help prevent you getting a burn message.

Step Three

Then, add the rinsed rice, garlic powder, turmeric, salt, pepper and vegetable broth. Stir to combine.

Step Four

Lock on the lid and set the time to 6 minutes at high pressure.

Step Five

When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes. Then, use the quick release to get rid of the remaining pressure.

Step Six

Carefully remove the lid and stir the rice. Enjoy hot!

cooked yellow rice inside instant pot

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Basmati rice is a long-grain white rice. You can also use Jasmine rice, if you prefer.
  • To rinse the rice, place it in a fine-mesh sieve and put it under cold running water from the sink. Rinse the rice until the water runs clear.
  • If you want to use long-grain brown rice for this recipe, you will need to increase the cooking time to 20 minutes.
  • Store any leftover cooked rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Or, you can freeze cooked rice for up to 2 months. Defrost and reheat before serving.
  • The total cooking time includes 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled to make extra servings, if desired.
a bowl of yellow rice

FAQs

What is yellow rice?

Yellow rice is basmati rice that’s cooked and flavored with turmeric, spices, and sometimes herbs. The turmeric makes it yellow and gives it such a delicious flavor. Although you can buy it prepackaged – homemade yellow rice is better for you and even more delicious!

Can I freeze yellow rice?

Yes! Let the rice cool completely before scooping it into a freezer-safe plastic bag. Label the bag with the date and for best results, use within 2 months of freezing. Reheat the frozen rice in the microwave. Break the frozen rice into chunks and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with a plate and microwave for approximately 2 minutes or until hot. Fluff the rice and enjoy!

texture of yellow rice

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Instant Pot Yellow Rice


Description

Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for Instant Pot Yellow Rice. Ground turmeric adds a beautiful yellow color with anti-inflammatory properties. Everyone loves this savory side dish.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup white basmati rice, rinsed well
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth (or water)

Instructions

  1. Press the Sauté button on your Instant Pot. Pour in the olive oil and let it heat up for a few minutes. Then, add the diced onion.
  2. Cook the onion for 2-3 minutes or until it starts to soften. Cancel the Sauté button and scrape up any pieces of onion that have stuck to the bottom of the pot. This will help prevent you getting a burn message.
  3. Then, add the rinsed rice, garlic powder, turmeric, salt, pepper and vegetable broth. Stir to combine.
  4. Lock on the lid and set the time to 6 minutes at high pressure.
  5. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes. Then, use the quick release to get rid of the remaining pressure.
  6. Carefully remove the lid and stir the rice. Serve hot.

Notes

  1. Basmati rice is a long-grain white rice. You can also use Jasmine rice, if you prefer.
  2. To rinse the rice, place it in a fine-mesh sieve and put it under cold running water from the sink. Rinse the rice until the water runs clear.
  3. If you want to use long-grain brown rice for this recipe, you will need to increase the cooking time to 20 minutes.
  4. Store any leftover cooked rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Or, you can freeze cooked rice for up to 2 months. Defrost and reheat before serving.
  5. The total cooking time includes 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure.
  6. This recipe can easily be doubled to make extra servings, if desired.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Keywords: instant pot yellow rice, pressure cooker yellow rice, instant pot turmeric rice

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