15 Rice Sides and Dinners You Can Cook in Your Instant Pot

congee with chicken and corn
Photo: Buckwheat Queen

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.

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Instant Pot® Brown Rice

Instant Pot Brown Rice
LauraF

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.

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Instant Pot® Chicken and Rice Stracciatella

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Stracciatella
Kim's Cooking Now

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.

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Instant Pot® Lime-Cilantro Rice

Instant Pot Lime-Cilantro Rice
Buckwheat Queen

If you are a fan of burritos and burrito bowls, then you know the magic of a good lime-cilantro rice. This recipe means you can make those favorite dishes at home anytime.

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Instant Pot® Coconut Rice

Instant Pot Coconut Rice
lutzflcat

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.

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Instant Pot® Mushroom Risotto

Instant Pot® Mushroom Risotto
Kim's Cooking Now

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.

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Instant Pot® Jamaican Rice and Beans

Instant Pot Jamaican Rice and Beans
Buckwheat Queen

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.

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Instant Pot® Mexican Rice

Instant Pot Mexican Rice
sanzoe

If you celebrate Taco Tuesday at your house, then a great recipe for Mexican rice is a must to have in your repertoire. This Instant Pot version means you can focus on other things and still have the perfect accompaniment.

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Instant Pot® Pilau Rice

Instant Pot® Pilau Rice
lutzflcat

There are many pilaf recipes out there, and we particularly love this Indian take. It makes a terrific side dish for any curry.

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Instant Pot® Chicken Biryani

Instant Pot® Chicken Biryani
Buckwheat Queen

Want to really explore some traditional Indian cooking? Many Indian recipes use pressure cookers, so your Instant Pot is a natural for all sorts of Indian dishes. Chicken biriyani is a definite gateway dish to get you started.

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Instant Pot® Chicken Congee

congee with chicken and corn
Buckwheat Queen

Many Asian cultures make a rice porridge that can be eaten for breakfast or as part of a larger meal. This simple chicken version of congee is a wonderful lunch or starter to a dinner.

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Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef Rice

Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef Rice
My Hot Southern Mess

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.

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Instant Pot® Chicken Fried Rice

Instant Pot® Chicken Fried Rice
Buckwheat Queen

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.

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Instant Pot® Pineapple-Coconut-Lime Rice

Instant Pot® Pineapple-Coconut-Lime Rice
lutzflcat

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.

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Instant Pot® Rice Pudding

Instant Pot® Rice Pudding
fabeverydayblog

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.

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Instant Pot® Vegan Rice Pudding

Instant Pot® Vegan Rice Pudding
Buckwheat Queen

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.

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