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5 from 21 votes

Rice Pilaf Instant Pot

Rice pilaf in the instant pot is a buttery taste the rice recipe that complements any meal. Fluffy and loaded with flavor.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time33 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Matt Freund


  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Orzo
  • 1 Cup White Rice I used Basmati
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth I used Better than Bullion Organic Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 3/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Dried Parsley If using fresh use 1 Tbsp.


  • Step 1 - Melt the Butter - Add Butter and swirl to melt and spread evenly.
  • Step 2 - Brown the Orzo - When the butter begins to foam add the orzo. Saute until lightly brown. This usually takes 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Step 3 - Add Rice - After browning the Orzo add the rice and sauce about 1 minute. Rice will become a bit brighter white in color when done.
  • Step 4 - Add Chicken Broth - Stir in the Chicken Broth.
  • Step 5 - Add Spices - Add Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder and Smoked Paprika and stir to combine. Omit Parsley until the end.
  • Step 6 - Pressure Cook the Rice - Place lid on the Instant Pot and turn valve to the SEAL position. Pressure Cook HIGH Pressure 3 minutes. I also turn off the keep warm function. Allow pressure to natural release. This took close to 30 minutes. When pressure has released remove lid.
  • Step 7 - Add Parsley - Stir the parsley into the rice and let rice sit for a few minutes before serving.



If you do not have smoked paprika regular paprika is fine. Are used better than bullion organic chicken base to make the broth. Regular chicken broth is also fine.


Calories: 120kcal