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Quick Spanish Rice with Corn Recipe

If you are a rice lover and you are looking for new and delicious recipes, then you are in the right article.

Here we will talk about Spanish rice with corn, a versatile recipe that is an authentic gem of Andalusian cuisine.

If you want to know more about this delicious recipe, keep reading as we will share some tips so that you can prepare this Spanish rice recipe at home and surprise your family and friends with a dish full of flavor and color.

Spanish rice with corn in a clay bowl. Quick Spanish Rice with Corn Recipe

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Background of the Dish

Spanish rice with corn is a delicious recipe originally from Latin America, but it arrived in Andalusia thanks to the Spanish colonizers in the 16th century.

Since then, the recipe has been adapted in Andalusia, incorporating local ingredients such as saffron, which gives the rice its characteristic yellow color.

Today, yellow rice with corn is one of the most popular recipes in Andalusia and you can find it in most restaurants in the region. 

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Things You’ll Need for Spanish Rice with Corn

To make this Spanish rice with corn you need rice, corn, saffron threads, water, onion, garlic, and olive oil.

You don’t need any fancy equipment or kitchen gadgets to prepare this old-fashioned Spanish rice recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups (600gr) medium-grain white rice
  • 3 cups (750ml) water
  • 1½ cups (240gr) precooked corn (canned or frozen)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup of green beans (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper taste
  • Olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

How to Make Spanish Rice with Corn – Step by Step Guide

frying onion in a pan for the spanish rice with corn
  1. To start making this Spanish rice recipe with corn you have to peel and chop the onion into small squares. Also, mince the garlic and boil the green beans.
  1. Now, heat a pot with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil on the stove over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the onion, garlic, and corn for 10 minutes while stirring.
  1. After that, add the listed spices and the seasoning to taste, along with the tomato sauce. Once you incorporate them into the vegetable mix, add 3 cups of water.
  1. When the water boils, add the rice and cook over high heat. Stir the Spanish rice pot so it gets coated with the flavor.
  1. Once the water has evaporated, stir well and lower the heat. Now you can cover the pot and let the traditional Spanish rice cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
  1. After half an hour, stir the rice and add another little bit of olive oil. Cover the pot again and cook for another 20 minutes.
  1. Once that time has gone by, you can serve the Spanish white rice with corn.

Substitution of Ingredients

Spanish rice with corn and other ingredients

We simply love this Spanish rice with corn due to how easy it is to make, but also because you can make a lot of changes to the rice corn recipe, and still end up with a great dish.

You can prepare this Spanish rice with cooked rice if you had some leftovers or stored, just make sure to add the saffron threads and also all of the seasonings.

Although it is meant to be Spanish rice with white rice, you can use brown rice or even wild rice, as long as you adapt the cooking process.

You can also take inspiration from other Spanish rice recipes and add different toppings like the Spanish chicken and rice, Spanish rice and beans with pork, or Spanish rice with ground beef (in those cases it wouldn’t be vegan Spanish rice).

Lastly, if you want this Spanish rice with corn to have a more complex flavor, you can use vegetable broth instead of water for the cooking process (if it is salty broth you should use less salt for the seasoning).

Tips on Serving Spanish Rice with Corn

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Spanish rice with corn is the perfect main dish for lunch or dinner, and you can enjoy it at any time of the year.

If it is summer or spring and the weather is too hot, you can serve the Spanish yellow rice with corn just slightly warm instead of hot.

Some people even turn the leftovers of this vegetarian Spanish rice recipe into a cold salad by adding some tablespoons of mayonnaise, so you can do that too.

Since this is a seasoned rice recipe, you can pour some shredded cheese on top as it goes well with the spices listed.

For a more Mediterranean rice recipe, you can drizzle some olive oil on top before serving, or even add some chopped black olives to the dish.

Have you heard about the Spanish rice salad? Well if not, you must definitely try this unique and delicious Spanish salad.

How to Store Spanish Rice with Corn

How to Store Spanish Rice with Corn. Ingredients such as nuts, apple, salad in a fridge.

You can store Spanish rice with corn in the fridge or the freezer.

In both cases, you have to let it come to room temperature and then place it in a covered container (with a lid, plastic wrap, or a clean plastic bag).

The vegetable rice can last up to 4 days in the fridge and 45 days in the freezer.

Then you can reheat the Spanish rice with corn in the microwave for a couple of minutes or on the stove, but in both cases, you should add a few tablespoons of water so it doesn’t lose moisture.

Besides that, you can turn the Spanish rice with corn into a completely different dish, like croquettes or even a cold rice salad if you want to.

Recipe Card: Spanish Rice with Corn

Yield: 4

Spanish Rice with Corn Recipe

Spanish rice with corn in a clay bowl

If you are a rice lover and you are looking for new and delicious recipes, then you are in the right article.

Here we will talk about Spanish rice with corn, a versatile recipe that is an authentic gem of Andalusian cuisine.

If you want to know more about this delicious recipe, keep reading as we will share some tips so that you can prepare yellow rice with corn at home and surprise your family and friends with a dish full of flavor and color.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (600gr) medium-grain white rice
  • 3 cups (750ml) water
  • 1½ cups (240gr) precooked corn (canned or frozen)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper taste
  • Olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup of Green beans (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the onion into small squares. Mince the garlic.
  2. Heat a pot with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil on the stove over medium heat. When hot, fry the onion, garlic, and corn for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the listed spices and the seasoning to taste, along with the tomato sauce. Add 3 cups of water.
  4. When the water boils, add the rice and cook over high heat.
  5. Once the water has evaporated, stir well and lower the heat. Cover the pot and let it cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
  6. After half an hour, stir the rice and add another little bit of olive oil. Cover again and cook for another 20 minutes.
  7. After this time, you can serve the Spanish rice with corn.

Notes

For this rice with corn recipe, we recommend using medium-grain white rice due to its cooking time and final texture once it's cooked.

However, you can turn it into Spanish rice with brown rice, just make sure to adapt the cooking time so you don't end up with hard rice.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 336Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 720mgCarbohydrates 75.7gFiber 5.7gSugar 8.5gProtein 9.4g

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