15 Rice Sides and Dinners You Can Cook in Your Instant Pot
There may be no more perfect intersection of food and technology than the Instant Pot and rice. There have been countless articles written acknowledging that the Instant Pot cooks rice even better than a rice cooker, and recipes with rice that used to take forever to cook can be the work of mere moments with an electric multi-cooker like the Instant Pot. For perfect rice every time, you can follow the basic instructions on your machine. But once you have enjoyed plain rice from your Instant Pot, it is time to get creative with other rice recipes. Here are 15 of our favorite Instant Pot rice recipes to get you started.
Instant Pot® Brown Rice
Brown rice used to be one of the most difficult rices to get right. And even in a rice cooker, the results can be mixed. Too much water and you get mush; not enough and the rice will never soften. The pressure-cooking function of the Instant Pot helps to cook brown rice perfectly every time. This basic recipe is a building block for any number of dishes.
Instant Pot® Chicken and Rice Stracciatella
There isn't much more comforting than a chicken and rice soup on a chilly day or when you are feeling poorly. This Italian take on chicken and rice soup add eggs for thickness and texture, and the Instant Pot makes it fast and simple.
Instant Pot® Lime-Cilantro Rice
Instant Pot® Coconut Rice
Plain rice is a perfectly nice side dish, but it is always fun to change up the flavors. This coconut rice is the ideal accompaniment to your next dinner.
Instant Pot® Mushroom Risotto
Risotto is the bane of many a home cook. All that constant stirring and fussing make it more a frustration than a pleasure to cook. Your Instant Pot will come to the rescue! Enjoy a lovely mushroom risotto any night of the week, hands-free.
Instant Pot® Jamaican Rice and Beans
If you are a fan of rice and beans, you are going to really enjoy this Jamaican twist, and your Instant Pot means you can experiment without being tethered to the stove.
Instant Pot® Mexican Rice
Instant Pot® Pilau Rice
There are many pilaf recipes out there, and we particularly love this Indian take. It makes a terrific side dish for any curry.
Instant Pot® Chicken Biryani
Instant Pot® Chicken Congee
Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef Rice
If you love Mexican food, and are looking for an all-in-one recipe, look no further than this Mexican Beef Rice. You can serve it as the base of a bowl, or try it as a lettuce wrap for something a bit different.
Instant Pot® Chicken Fried Rice
Fried rice can be either a side dish for a larger meal, or a comforting bowl of dinner all on its own. This Instant Pot version will be your new go-to method for making fried rice.
Instant Pot® Pineapple-Coconut-Lime Rice
If you want a really great side dish for chicken or pork, give this pineapple, coconut, lime rice a try. The sweet of the pineapple and the tart lime are both balanced by the grounding flavor of coconut, for a knock-out dish that couldn't be simpler to prepare.
Instant Pot® Rice Pudding
Rice pudding might just be one of the most comforting desserts, and making it in the Instant Pot means that you can indulge any night of the week.
Instant Pot® Vegan Rice Pudding
We don't want to leave our gluten free/vegan/dairy-free pals out of the rice pudding party! This rice pudding might not have dairy or eggs, but it packs all the flavor and sweet satisfaction of the original. It's a lovely meal ender when you are looking to accommodate different eating programs without making a fuss.