Homemade Yellow Rice

Homemade Yellow Rice

Flavorful homemade yellow rice recipe


4 servings


4 Tablespoons butter (can substitute olive oil)
1 medium sized onion (larger will make rice more flavorful)
1 1/2 cups rice
1 can (2 cups) chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Salt and Pepper to taste


1. Put 2 T butter in rice cooker, melt.  Grind onion in food processor or chopper until pulverized.  Add to butter.  Stir and cook for about 2 minutes.

2. Add rice, cook until rice glistens.  Add broth and turmeric, stir until turmeric is dissolved.  Close rice cooker and let cook!

3.  When rice cooker is finished, stir in last two tablespoons of butter and add salt and/or pepper to taste.

Additional Notes: 

This recipe was submitted to TammysRecipes.com from visitor Kristina Olson. She included these notes: 

I make this rice in my rice cooker.  If you don't have a rice cooker, you can make it in a sauce pan.  Add an extra 1/2 cup water at the same time as the broth (more water cooks out if you make it in a sauce pan.)

To turn this recipe into rice pilaf, add a fresh chopped tomato when you add the broth. When the rice is finished cooking, add 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about half a lemon - not lemon juice concentrate!) and 1/2 cup fresh parsley.  Stir WELL and serve!

When I make regular yellow rice, I usually make a double batch.  The leftovers make great fried rice.  Start by frying about 1 egg per 2 cups rice in oil, add a bit of soy sauce, chop the eggs into tiny bits with a metal spatula, (can add veggies if you like) add more oil, the rice, and soy sauce.  Fry until all the rice is hot.

Sometimes instead I make fajitas with the left over yellow rice.  Fry hamburger in a pan until safely cooked, add chopped dried onion and taco spices (chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (cayenne only if you like hot food!).  Add rice, and anything else you have that you think might taste good in there (I've added left-over mixed veggies like carrots, broccoli, and corn, refried beans, even potatoes!)  Heat until hot, serve in tortilla shells with cheese, sour cream, lettuce and tomato.

This recipe was featured in 10 Fabulous Foods We Make At Home (Not Buy!) :)

Preparation Time: 

10 minutes

Cooking Time: 

20-30 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

This yellow rice is wonderful. I use my own chicken broth (not the canned stuff from the store) which has bits of seasonings in it from my roasted chickens (garlic, seasoned salt, and lemon pepper).

The onion, chicken broth, and seasonings make this an excellent rice. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's far better than any pre-packaged pre-seasoned yellow rice I've tasted. The leftover rice can be used in a variety of ways, as mentioned in the additional notes.

We love this rice. My rating: a hearty 10/10!


Please see the recipe above for my complete review! Thanks! ~Tammy


This rice recipe is really good. It turns out great every time. I would like to try it with brown rice sometime soon since we don't really eat white rice anymore, preferring the healthy and tasty whole grains!


My whole family - even my son who normally does not like rice at all - loved this rice. The flavor was wonderful! I used half smart balance and half olive oil for the butter and it turned out fine. The only small problem I had was that it was a little dry at the end but I think that was more my rice cooker than the recipe. I'm not in love with my rice cooker, but tried it since the recipe author used one. Next time I will try the stovetop or oven. A tasty, easy rice for any dinner.


This rice tasted like creamed onions, which I really don't like. Maybe if you use less and chop them and cook until well done.


I don't have a rice cooker, so I sauteed the onions until they were translucent, added the chicken broth, tumeric, and rice, and cooked according to the packaged instructions. These went great with the cheese enchiladas on your site!


I make this about once a week. It has become a staple. I used to buy Zatarain's New Orleans Style Yellow rice. Now I use this recipe instead. I made it as written the first time and fell in love with it. Now I use the same basic recipe and add my own flare by adding stuff like:
-Red Pepper
-Chicken Cubes
-Chicken Bullion
-Creole Seasoning


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