Modern Arroz con Maiz: Cooking Puerto Rican Yellow Rice with Corn (in a Rice Cooker) {Recipe}

by Melanie Edwards on May 27, 2014 · 14 comments

in Puerto Rico, Recipes

Arroz con maiz (yellow rice with corn) is one of my favorite rice dishes. You may think all yellow rice recipes taste the same, but the different ingredients added to the rice do bring unique flavors and textures to your yellow rice, making for special variations. Arroz con maiz has become a favorite of mine due to the sweetness the corn adds to the rice.

Puerto Rican Yellow Rice with Corn

This Puerto Rican yellow rice with corn recipe I’m sharing with you today is made using a rice cooker. While traditionally arroz con maiz is made on the stove, I am fond of using my rice cooker and appreciate using shortcuts to save time in the kitchen. I get the same great-tasting arroz con maiz and can share the wonderful flavor of Puerto Rican yellow rice with my family, all with less time. What’s not to love? Read on to learn how to make Puerto Rican yellow rice with corn in a rice cooker!

Puerto Rican Yellow Rice with Corn Recipe (in a Rice Cooker) – Arroz con Maiz


  • 4 cups uncooked white rice, or about 1 handful per person
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable cooking oil
  • Sazón, 1 packet
  • 2 Tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp sofrito or recaito
  • Olives (use the Spanish salad olives with pimientos), about 5-6 olives
  • 1 can of yellow corn, drained

To see pictures and links for these ingredients, see 5 Must-Have Ingredients for Cooking Puerto Rican Food


  1. Put rice into your rice cooker’s pot and rinse the rice. If you’re not familiar with how to clean rice, it just means that you run it under water a couple of times and pick out the dark grains, pebbles, etc. To do this:
    • Fill pot with water and press rice with your hands.
    • Pick out anything that’s not a rice grain.
    • Pour out water, being careful not to lose any of the rice.
    • Repeat a few times until water pours out clear.
  2. Add water to the pot until the water sits just above the rice. Add more water if necessary.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Stir.
  5. Taste the water. If you feel it needs more seasoning, you can add a little salt to your liking.
  6. Cover and set the rice cooker to cook.

There will be no need to stir the rice while it cooks, though you certainly can do so once, about mid-way through. Your arroz con maiz should be done in about 35 minutes. You will know it’s done when you taste the rice and it’s neither mushy nor tough.

Puerto Rican Yellow Rice with Corn Recipe, Arroz con Maiz

Serve your yellow rice with corn along with your choice of meat, and a side salad for a complete meal. Alternatively, you could also serve with beans and a salad for a vegetarian meal. There are many options for eating Puerto Rican yellow rice with corn – just be sure to save room for seconds since this rice dish is delicious!

What is your favorite way to eat arroz con maiz (Puerto Rican yellow rice with corn)?

All photos © Melanie Edwards/modernmami™

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1 Lancy September 22, 2014 at 8:19 am

Don’t try to do it in multicooker – it will be not so beautiful. If u wanna to get and tasty and good looking meal, use multicooker like me (Redmond 4502) – it can do it faster is much better, also it do it n the time I come to home after work. Perfect!

2 Martin Carter January 23, 2015 at 1:43 am

Your recipe is looking so perfect. Will let you know about my result after trying it at my home. Thanks in advance.

3 Melanie Edwards January 31, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Thanks and good luck!

4 Patti February 10, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Awesome…2nd time making it!! My husband loved it!! 😉

5 Melanie Edwards February 10, 2015 at 9:06 pm

That’s wonderful, Patti!

6 Alex March 8, 2015 at 11:17 pm

Oh my God, I have made this wonderful recipe 3 times all ready its always fabulous, I really like it better using the rice cooker taste much better and its really moist and fluffy yummy :)) Thank you for this easy fast recipe.
I’m going to attempt to make Arroz con gandules in the rice cooker, I think it should be the same instead of the corn ill be using gandules, it should be fine.?
Thanks again Alex

7 Melanie Edwards March 10, 2015 at 3:42 pm

So glad to hear this! Yes, arroz con gandules would be the same, except substituting gandules for the corn. Here’s where I posted that recipe: Enjoy! 😉

8 Patti September 4, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Awesome recipe…very easy!!

9 Melanie Edwards September 9, 2015 at 10:51 am

It really is! So glad you liked it!

10 Zach February 1, 2016 at 10:06 pm

Hey, I was just wondering what size the sazon packet should be.

Thank you 🙂

11 Melanie Edwards February 2, 2016 at 9:06 pm

This post lists the ingredients typically used and should help: 😉

12 Zach February 3, 2016 at 4:54 pm


13 Stacey November 22, 2016 at 9:49 am

Did you use rice cooker cups for rice or 4 standard cups of rice?

14 Melanie Edwards November 28, 2016 at 11:05 am

I used standard measuring cups when I wrote up the recipe.

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