This yellow rice with corn is cooked with onions, garlic, spices, and vino seco. A Cuban staple that can be enjoyed with tomato avocado salad and pernil. Super easy to make and will feed a large crowd.
Yellow rice aka arroz amarillo is a perfect side dish that can be served with almost any meal. The best part about this recipe is that it requires minimal ingredients and cooks in under 30 minutes.
What Makes The Rice Yellow?
This recipe calls for tomato sauce and sazon which both add coloring to this. The corn adds sweetness and texture and pretty much makes this extra delicious.
How Do You Make Yellow Rice With Corn?
Place the olive oil in a large pot over medium-heat. Saute the onions until translucent and then stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients except for the parboiled rice and water. Cook for one minute. Finally, add in the rice and water. You may use chicken broth if you prefer. Let that come to a boil. Once it comes up to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Once the rice is fully cooked through, use a fork to stir the rice and check for seasoning.
Top Tips and Recipe Variations:
- Add some Vienna sausage to turn this into arroz con salchicha. Arroz con salchicha simply means “rice with sausage”.
- Omit the corn if you just want a basic yellow rice recipe.
- Incorporate carrots and peas.
- Feel free to omit the vino seco.
- Season the rice generously with salt.
Once you give this delicious Cuban inspired yellow rice with corn recipe, you won’t want to cook rice any other way. This is the ultimate quick and easy weeknight meal.
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Yellow Rice with Corn
- 2 cups parboiled rice
- 4 cups water
- 3 garlic cloves finely minced
- 1 onion finely diced
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tbsp vino seco (dry white wine) optional
- 1 cup corn or the entire can
- 1 tsp sazon
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- salt to taste
- Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add the onions and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the sazon, tomato sauce, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, vino seco, salt, and corn. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add the rice and cook for 1 minute. Add the water and let it come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked through.