Instant Pot Rice Pilaf

Rice Pilaf is that perfect blend of rice and pasta (usually orzo or fideo) and it is as simple and quick to make as it is satisfying to eat! I’m talking eight basic ingredients you may already have in your kitchen where it’ll be on the table in 25 minutes from prep-to-serve. The secret is in some Greek seasoning, but if you don’t have any on-hand, I show you how to make your own in the recipe card below.

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Instant Pot Rice Pilaf

Sautéing

Add some butter (or live oil to keep it dairy-free and vegan) to the Instant Pot.
Once heated, add a diced onion.
Sauté the onion for a few minutes until translucent.
Now it’s time to add the pasta! Add either some orzo or fideo (a cut spaghetti often used in Mexican soups)…
…and some crushed garlic.
Sauté a few minutes until the pasta gets lightly toasted.
Time to add the rice! Add some that’s been rinsed…
…along with a broth of your choice.
Lastly, we’ll season it up with some Greek seasoning (see the recipe card below) and dried parsley flakes.

Pressure Cooking

Give it all a good stir, making sure to scrape anything that may have browned onto the bottom. Secure the lid and pressure cook!

Coif That Pilaf!

When done, fluff it with a fork and give that pilaf a coif!
Looks perfect! (By the way, for a protein touch you can totally add in some rotisserie chicken right now should you wish). Spoon some out…
…and plate it up.

The Taste Test

Show it off.
Try it out.
Did you ever have one of those moments where something is done so quickly, easily and deliciously it actually makes you angry because you don’t get the logic? This Rice Pilaf is one of those things. Enjoy with any of my chicken dishes!
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Instant Pot Rice Pilaf

Instant Pot Rice Pilaf

Rice Pilaf is that perfect blend of rice and pasta (usually orzo or fideo) and it is as simple and quick to make as it is satisfying to eat! I'm talking eight basic ingredients you may already have in your kitchen where it'll be on the table in 25 minutes from prep-to-serve. The secret is in some Greek seasoning, but if you don't have any on-hand, I show you how to make your own in the recipe card below.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) salted butter or 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup orzo or fideo (which is a cut spaghetti)
  • 6 cloves (2 tablespoons) garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine, basmati, or any long-grain rice, rinsed for 90 seconds and drained
  • 2 cups broth of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon Cavender's Greek Seasoning (see Jeff's Tips)
  • 2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Instructions

  1. Add the butter or olive oil to the Instant Pot. Hit Sauté and Adjust so it's on the More or High setting. Once the butter's melted or the oil's shimmering, add the onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until translucent.
  2. Add the orso or fideo and the garlic. Sauté another 3 minutes until the pasta begins to get a bit toasted.
  3. Add the rice, broth, Greek seasoning or seasoned salt, and parsley and stir, scraping the bottom of the pot to get any browned bits up from it.
  4. Secure the lid and move the valve to the sealing position. Hit Cancel follwoed by Pressure Cook or Manual on High Pressure for 3 minutes. When done, allow a 10-minute natural release followed by a quick release (NOTE: If the pin drops before the 10 minutes are up, making the quick release irrelevant, that's fine. But just wait the full 10 minutes to remove the lid regardless).
  5. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

Jeffrey's Tips

Using the olive oil in place of the butter will make this dairy-free and vegan.

If you want to make it clucky, toss in some rotisserie chicken meat in Step 5 while fluffing the rice!

Want it lighter? Sub brown rice for white. The pressure cook time will increase to 25 minutes with the same 10-minute natural release.

If you can't find Cavender's in your market (you can get it online here, by the way), mix the following together:

  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

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Comments

  1. Liz Andrsn

    Bloom the seasoning in the hot oil until you smell them, then add your liquid. The deeper the toast on the pasta, the deeper the flavor.

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