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Instant Pot Packaged Saffron Yellow Rice

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We all love rice, and for that perfect lot cooked rice reach for the Instant Pot! I will share how to make Instant Pot Packaged Saffron Yellow Rice

If you want to know how to make packaged yellow rice in your pressure cooker, today is the day! 

Instant Pot Packaged Saffron Yellow Rice

I was at the store this week and saw the saffron yellow rice and thought I haven’t made that in forever! So I grabbed some and you know me, converted it to the  Instant Pot! 

saffron rice in a bowl

Is Yellow Rice The Same As Saffron Rice

Yellow rice is basically white rice that is cooked with saffron and/or timer if you give it that bright yellow color. Saffron yellow rice is essentially the same thing. 

You will find different ingredients for yellow rice recipes that can change up the flavor a bit. 

Can You Cook Boxed Rice in Instant Pot

Yes! This recipe is specifically for saffron yellow rice. I have found it is so fluffy and tender each and every time I have made it. 

My kids went nuts for this recipe. I have since made it like 3 more times over the past two weeks! 

Instant Pot Packaged Saffron Yellow Rice

What Does Saffron Rice Go With

I truly love saffron rice with chicken it is one of my favorites. I will also pair it with pork chops or even pork tenderloin. 

You will find this boxed saffron rice truly goes with so many recipes. 

Is Saffron Rice Healthy

Saffron rice offers some nutrients but like all things, it is best to eat in moderation. Rice has carbs and while that is not always bad you just want to ensure to not go overboard. 

You can always pair it with salad, steamed veggies, to help offer other nutrient-rich food. 

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How to Store Leftover Saffron Rice 

If you have leftovers, simply place in an airtight container. Your rice will store for up to five days in the fridge when it is stored properly. 

You can reheat in the microwave or opt to reheat on the stove. If you heat on the stove I suggest adding a little water or chicken stock to help keep it moist as it reheats. 

Instant Pot Packaged Saffron Yellow Rice

If you don’t add a little liquid it could dry out as you warm in a pan. 

Instant Pot Packaged Saffron Yellow Rice

So if you are a fan of package saffron rice, try a new way to cook it! I think you will love the end result! 

Check out what other incredible box items you can cook in your instant pot!

Instant Pot Packaged Saffron Yellow Rice

Instant Pot Packaged Saffron Yellow Rice

We all love rice, and for that perfect lot cooked rice reach for the Instant Pot! I will share how to make Instant Pot Packaged Saffron Yellow Rice


  • 16 Ounce Bag Packaged Saffron Yellow Rice (I used Vigo)
  • 3 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 TBSP Butter


  1. Pour water into your pot.
  2. Pour rice in.
  3. Use a spoon to push the rice under the water so it's not floating on top.
  4. Lay butter slices on top. Close the lid.
  5. Pressure cook LOW for 10 minutes
  6. Do a natural release for 10 minutes.
  7. Release remaining pressure.
  8. Open your lid and fluff and mix your rice.
  9. Enjoy!


*I have also used this recipe with the Goya multi pack box, which includes 3 (8 ounce) packages of yellow rice, to use this recipe for one 8 ounce package, reduce the water to 1 2/3 cup of water & 1/2 TBSP of butter

**For 2 (7 ounce) Packages of Goya Yellow Rice, use 3 cups of water, 1 TBSP butter

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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Friday 3rd of June 2022

can i use olive oil or canola oil instead of butter? and if so, how much?


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Followed this recipe to the T and my rice got the burn food warning, rice was ruined!


Saturday 26th of March 2022

I tried this using my Ninja Foodi. The rice ended up mushy. It’s similar to how it turns out if you use the stovetop package directions. Both recipes have too much water.


Monday 17th of January 2022

Has anyone tried to add anything into the yellow rice. I was thinking maybe cubed chicken breast. Also maybe a bag of mixed veggies too and maybe a can of cream of chicken or cheese.


Wednesday 20th of April 2022

@Shirley, I made a Cuban style yellow rice with sliced Italian sausage, 3 blend frozen peppers mix, 1 can of diced tomatoes and 1 can black beans. Holy moly was it delicious!!! I used the same method, time and setting as above but I precooked the sausage links.


Friday 28th of January 2022

@Shirley, Update 1/27/22: I followed Melissa’s yellow rice recipe, but I increased the water to 1 3/4Cups & laid 3 b/s breast on top. High pressure for :15. Naturally released pressure. Chicken shredded perfectly & rice was amazing!!


Friday 28th of January 2022

@Shirley, I wondered the same thing! Melissa, can we add b/s chicken breast to it & shred the chicken in the rice when it’s done?


Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Thank you for posting this! I’ll be making this tonight with chicken!

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