Yellow rice is a staple in the Caribbean because of its beautiful color and flavor. Being Cuban, our household often served yellow rice. It's traditional to garnish yellow rice with pimentos, but I don't like them so I don't. Serve yellow rice with Cuban-style roast pork, or add cooked chicken pieces while cooking the rice to make Arroz con Pollo.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
12 cups
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the rice in a sieve and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear. Shake sieve to remove excess water from rice.

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  • Place rice in a large saucepan with a tightly fitting lid and add water. Stir in the onion, salt, annatto powder, paprika, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover pan, and simmer. After cooking for 10 minutes, gently stir the peas into the rice. Cook until all the water is evaporated and the rice is tender, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Serve garnished with pimento slices.

Nutrition Facts

120 calories; protein 2.6g 5% DV; carbohydrates 26.1g 8% DV; fat 0.2g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 205.6mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2010
Since I only needed this for a few people and the reviews complained of it being runny I made a few change with great results. I sauteed 1 C of dry rice, onion, and garlic in hot oil and then added about 1/2 tsp annatto powder, 1/4 tsp paprika, a little chicken bouillon, and 1/2 tsp cumin. Then I added 2 C water and 1/4 c frozen peas. I brought it to a boil, turned heat to low, then covered and cooked 20 mins. I removed the rice from the heat and left covered for 5 mins. Then I fluffed with a fork. PERFECT! I served this with Salsa Chicken (also from this site) for an easy weeknight meal. This was a great way to use my annatto powder. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/02/2009
This recipe is delicious! But I found an even more delicious and quicker way to make yellow rice! I used Vigo yellow rice and was amazed. Vigo yellow rice was so simple to make and tasted even better than the home made rice. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2010
Since I only needed this for a few people and the reviews complained of it being runny I made a few change with great results. I sauteed 1 C of dry rice, onion, and garlic in hot oil and then added about 1/2 tsp annatto powder, 1/4 tsp paprika, a little chicken bouillon, and 1/2 tsp cumin. Then I added 2 C water and 1/4 c frozen peas. I brought it to a boil, turned heat to low, then covered and cooked 20 mins. I removed the rice from the heat and left covered for 5 mins. Then I fluffed with a fork. PERFECT! I served this with Salsa Chicken (also from this site) for an easy weeknight meal. This was a great way to use my annatto powder. Read More
(51)
Rating: 3 stars
06/02/2009
This recipe is delicious! But I found an even more delicious and quicker way to make yellow rice! I used Vigo yellow rice and was amazed. Vigo yellow rice was so simple to make and tasted even better than the home made rice. Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2008
This was a very good recipe although I am partial to short grain (pearl) white rice. I used half an envelope of sazon instead of the annato powder and paprika as these are both included in the sazon. Re: Don in Maryville Try cutting down the liquid to 6 cups. Long grain rice can be tricky sometimes. That's the proportion that usually works out for me. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/13/2010
very bland for cuban rice if you loose the peas & pimiento and add 1 clove garlic finely minced & 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes you can get closer to a rice dish recognizable to most cuban food aficionados Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/01/2015
Having lived in Miami and eaten and cooked delicious Cuban food for over 25 years, I understand the "bland" reviews. First the water to rice ratio is too much. Try cutting down to 1 1/2 cups of water for each cup of rice. Secondly, because the spice and onion were not made into a sofrito (sauted in a little oil with diced garlic (not included in this recipe) the flavor of the spices is diluted in the water. The sofrito - onion, garlic, red or green bell pepper should be sauteed in the oil before the annato is added. When I make Cuban style yellow rice, I also add a bay leaf to the sofrito. After the veggies have softened, I add the rice to the mixture, stirring for about 2 minutes. That allows it to absorb the flavors of the spices and the yellow color from the annato. Finally, add the water, bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes. Take out the bay leaf. Then add the sweet peas at the end. Stir rice before serving. Hope this helps. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2011
Unsure why this recipe has a lower score. I usually do not look at recipes with lower score however this one intrigued me and for my surprise it was pretty good. You should give it a try. I did not used peas or pimientos- do not care for them- and I cooked on the rice cooker and followed the rice cooker instructions. Served with black beans. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2008
This turned out really good - although a little 'wet' like some others. I may cut down on the liquid next time. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2015
Subtle but pleasant flavor the ideal counterpoint for a more boldly flavored main dish. I didn't have annatto powder but a quick internet search told me that equal parts of paprika and turmeric would be a suitable substitute. Also rather than cook the onion in the water I sautéed it briefly in a little butter before adding the rice then let that toast a bit before adding the water and finishing the cooking. Not wanting to open a jar of pimientos for the little I needed for just Hubs and me I finely chopped some red bell pepper to take its place. It added both color contrast and extra flavor. I served this with Quick and Easy Shrimp Fajitas and Cucumber-Mango Salsa both excellent recipes also from this site. Hubs and I agree we'd gladly eat this exact same meal again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/19/2012
I live in an area where cuban food is very popular and served often at restaurants. I used half chicken broth and half water but otherwise followed the recipe. I think this had very little flavor but it did cook up beautifully texture-wise. I hate to admit it I will be sticking with the Vigo package mix when I want to make yellow rice. Just don't think it's worth the effort to try tweaking this to our tastes. Admittedly this totally could be a personal taste preference thing. Read More
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