How to prepare Goya yellow rice?


Goya yellow rice is a delicious and flavorful dish that is popular in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine. It is a simple dish that combines rice, vegetables, and spices to create a savory and aromatic side dish that is perfect for any meal. Goya yellow rice gets its bright yellow color from the addition of saffron, which also infuses the dish with a subtle earthy flavor.


To make Goya yellow rice, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of long-grain white rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of saffron
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Preparing the rice for cooking.

Before you start cooking, rinse the rice in cold water several times to remove any excess starch. This will help prevent the rice from becoming mushy when cooked. Drain the rice and set it aside.

Step 2: Sautéing the vegetables and spices.

In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions, red peppers, and green peppers and sauté until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic, cumin, paprika, and saffron, and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.

Step 3: Adding the rice to the pot.

Add the rice to the pot and stir until it is well coated with the vegetable and spice mixture. Pour in the chicken broth and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir everything together until it is well combined.

Step 4: Cooking the rice to perfection.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer the rice for 20-25 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Check the rice occasionally to make sure it is not sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Step 5: Fluffing the rice and serving.

Once the rice is cooked, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Use a fork to fluff the rice and mix everything together. Serve hot and enjoy your delicious Goya yellow rice!


  • For a vegetarian version of Goya yellow rice, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • If you don’t have saffron, you can use turmeric to give the rice its yellow color.
  • To add a little heat to the dish, add a diced jalapeño pepper to the vegetable mixture.
  • If the rice is too dry, add a little more broth or water and continue cooking until it is tender.

Recipe variations:

  • Add chopped tomatoes and cilantro to the rice for a fresh and flavorful twist.
  • Use coconut milk instead of chicken broth for a creamier and slightly sweet version of Goya yellow rice.
  • Add cooked shrimp or chicken to the rice to make it a complete meal.


Goya yellow rice is a versatile and delicious dish that is easy to make and perfect for any occasion. With a few simple ingredients and a little bit of know-how, you can create a flavorful and aromatic side dish that will impress your family and friends. So give it a try and enjoy your delicious Goya yellow rice!

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Elise DeVoe

Elise is a seasoned food writer with seven years of experience. Her culinary journey began as Managing Editor at the College of Charleston for Spoon University, the ultimate resource for college foodies. After graduating, she launched her blog, Cookin’ with Booze, which has now transformed into captivating short-form videos on TikTok and Instagram, offering insider tips for savoring Charleston’s local cuisine.

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