Simple Mediterranean Yellow Rice
Our favorite, simple recipe for yellow rice – with no artificial colors! Perfect with chicken, beef, fish, or vegetable curry – a savory, flavorful bed for any Meditteranean or Eastern-inspired dish.
This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation if you make a purchase using the links. You can view my full disclosure policy here.
A few years ago, my husband and I started strength training. You know what they say about bodybuilders – how all they eat is chicken and rice? While we aren’t obsessive gym rats, turns out the chicken and rice thing isn’t half bad. In fact, it is fairly inexpensive. All you need is the right seasonings to turn simple meal elements into something special.
That is why instead of plain dry rice, we make this easy Mediterranean Yellow Rice.
It Only Uses:
- Rice (white or brown)
- Water (or broth)
- Garlic powder
- Turmeric powder
The resulting rice is savory, flavorful, and the perfect bed for any Meditteranean or Eastern-inspired dish. We serve it with chicken, beef, fish, or a simple vegetable and lentil curry.
It is Also:
bright yellow (with no artificial coloring!),
and the leftovers are delicious!
If you don’t like dinner repeats, toss the leftovers into a pot of Hamburger Vegetable Soup (the beef or vegetarian version).
Instant Pot Brown Rice
If you haven’t tried making rice in the Instant Pot (affiliate link), you are missing out!
I always struggled to make good brown rice until I made it in the Instant Pot. It turned out undercooked, overcooked, or just mealy – like trying to eat a bowl of erasers. Now my brown rice is tender, flavorful, and perfect every time.
Reason number 1,435,782 to love the Instant Pot!
This rice is featured in several recipes in my new eBook, Dinner for a Dollar: Real food recipes for under $1 a serving.
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a photo #cheapskatecook and mention us @cheapskatecook on Instagram or Facebook. Cheers, friends!
Every rice is different, so follow the cook time and rice-to-water ratio that came with your rice. This recipe is for a basic white rice.
- 1 cup white rice (or 1 cup brown)
- 2 cups water or broth (2 1/4 cups for brown rice)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
Place water and salt in a small saucepan over high heat. When it boils, add rice and seasoning. Let the water come to a boil again, stir it quickly with a fork, then cover the pan and reduce heat to low. Cook 20 minutes (45 for brown rice).
Turn off heat and allow rice to sit for 5 minutes (15 for brown rice), covered. This step is very important!
Uncover, fluff the rice with a fork, and serve.
*For white rice, use 1 1/2 cups water or broth.
* For brown rice, use 1 1/4 cups water or broth.
Plug in your Instant Pot. Pour in all of the ingredients and stir them briefly. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn it until it beeps. Then press and twist the button at the top to seal it (see Instant Pot manual).
For white rice, select the "Rice" setting. It should read around 12 minutes. Press Start and let the appliance do its thing.
For brown rice, select the "Pressure Cook" setting. Manually set the time to 22-28 minutes and the pressure to high. Press Start and let the appliance do its thing.
When the rice is done cooking, and the Instant Pot beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally. Fluff with a fork and serve.
Chicken, beef, fish, veggies, or vegetable curry.
Please note: The actual calories and nutrition of this dish depend on what ingredients you use.
You Might Also Like:
Githeri (Kenyan Corn & Bean Stew)
This East African inspired dinner is frugal, easy to prepare, and loaded with real food. It’s also vegan, vegetarian, freezer-friendly, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
Dinner for a Dollar
If you have ever wondered how to eat real food on a tight budget, we made Dinner for a Dollar for you. And it’s free for 3 days only!
Sneak Veggie Baked Oatmeal
An easy, one-bowl Baked Oatmeal laced with sneaky veggies for picky eaters and extra breakfast goodness. Naturally-sweetened, gluten-free, dairy-free, oil-free, NO weird ingredients, with an egg-free/vegan variation!