Easy Mediterranean Yellow Rice - Our favorite, simple recipe for yellow rice - with no artificial colors! Perfect with chicken, beef, fish, or vegetable curry. It is savory, flavorful, and the perfect bed for any Meditteranean or Eastern-inspired dish.
Mediterranean Yellow Rice

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.

Servings: 4 people
Author: Steph Jenkins
  • 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
  1. 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).

  2. Turn off heat and allow rice to sit for 5 minutes (15 for brown rice), covered. This step is very important!

  3. Uncover, fluff the rice with a fork, and serve.

Instant Pot:
  1. *For white rice, use 1 1/2 cups water or broth.

    * For brown rice, use 1 1/4 cups water or broth. 

  2. 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).  

  3. For white rice, select the "Rice" setting. It should read around 12 minutes. Press Start and let the appliance do its thing.

  4. 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.

  5. When the rice is done cooking, and the Instant Pot beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Recipe Notes

Serve with:

Chicken, beef, fish, veggies, or vegetable curry.