Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Being a military family we get the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world. My girlfriend who lives in Guam gave me this recipe. So that I don't misplace it I'm putting it into my cookbook for later use.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons achiote seeds
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 12 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups rice


  1. Soak achiote seeds in 1/2 cup warm water for 30 minutes. Add salt. Using a spoon press the achiote seeds to get color. Strain liquid into a pot big enough to hold all the ingredients, bring to a boil.
  2. Saute onions in oil.
  3. Add rinsed rice to the boiling achiote colored water. Reduce heat to medium-high for five minutes or until water evaporates. Reduce heat to low, coer pot and cook for 15 more minutes.
Most Helpful

I love Guamanian food. My Husband (Air Force) and I got to live on Guam for only 2 years. We absolutely loved it. The seeds can also be called annatto seeds. It's the same thing

We lived in Guam for 7 years as a military family and our children love red rice. We are going to attempt to serve the dish at our 20th Wedding Anniversary to share with our family and friends.

For the fancier version of this, you can add peas and bacon.