Instant Pot Basic Risotto Recipe

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Basic risotto recipe for your instant pot
I think that simple risotto might be one of our favorite things to come out of the Instant Pot. It's rich and creamy, and none of that standing over the stove stirring forever nonsense. Just set it and let it go. Like magic! I've got a basic risotto recipe for you, and then some suggestions for how you can customize it and make it your own. I'd love to hear about some of your variations that you love as well!

It's worth it to keep Arborio rice on hand for risotto. We buy regular rice in 25 lbs bags at Costco, but I also keep this on hand as well. I can't make any promises if you use other ris

Basic Risotto Recipe

Instant Pot Basic Risotto


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Serves: 6 servings

  • 2 T. Butter
  • ½ C. Chopped Onion
  • 2 Cloves Chopped Garlic
  • 1½ C. Arborio Rice
  • 1 C. Dry Vermouth
  • 3 C. Chicken Broth
  • Pinch of Salt
  1. Place the Instant Pot on sauté, add butter
  2. Once butter has melted, add onion and garlic.
  3. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  4. Add rice, stir well until the rice is coated with the melted butter.
  5. Cook rice for about 1 minute.
  6. Add half of the vermouth, and stir it vermouth in, until absorbed into the rice.
  7. When vermouth is absorbed add the rest of the Vermouth and broth.
  8. Add salt
  9. Seal lid on Instant Pot.
  10. Set for 8 minutes on Manual pressure
  11. Quick release when done
  12. Stir and serve

The above is the most basic risotto recipe. You can add all sorts of things and make changes, as long as you keep certain things in mind.

  • You can skip onions, or use shallots instead.
  • Instead of vermouth, use a dry white wine, or even beer! Aim for a well-flavored liquid (Stronger flavor than the broth)
  •  You can use any broth you have; chicken, beef, or vegetable.
  • Hard cheeses can go in before pressure; a handful of parmesan makes a delicious addition.
  • Add softer cheese, like cheddar, after cooking and stir it in before serving.
  • When adding veggies, you need to take the water content into consideration. Here's a good way to do that: Put your veg in a measuring container, and then add your broth to the cup of veggies. The displacement of the vegetables will help cancel out the water content. This only applies to veg that will be cooked under pressure, so keep that in mind, and only use hardier things to cook under pressure. We've done frozen corn and fresh asparagus, but peas and broccoli get stirred in after pressure cooking and the residual heat cooks them all down enough.
  • The 8 minutes under pressure is enough time to cook chicken! Cut chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and toss it in when you add the brother and you'll get an all-in-one entree!

simple risotto

This is a Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Risotto with Peas: I sprinkled a packet of Ranch dressing powder over the rice before I added the broth, and stirred in the peas and bacon bits at the end just before serving.

easy risotto recipe in the instant pot

Bacon, Corn and Cheddar Risotto: One of our first experiments, and delicious. We also used beer for liquid, along with chicken broth, and found it added a really rich flavor that went well with these classic flavors.

Cheesy Broccoli Risotto

Cheesy Broccoli Risotto (with Bacon. Sensing a theme here? LOL) It's a mix of parmesan that was cooked under pressure and then a handful of shredded cheddar at the end to up the gooey cheese factor. The broccoli was stirred in at the end, so it wouldn't overcook and still had a nice crunch to it.

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  1. I made this last night and it was FANTASTIC!! I used mushrooms and added peas after the cooking process. Thanks for sharing this easy flavorful recipe!!

    1. Did you put the mushrooms in at the end or did they cook with the rice? I’m wanting to adapt this to make risotto with mushrooms and chicken but I am thinking the mushrooms need to be added after everything is cooked…

  2. We had risotto with butternut squash bits and fresh sage leaves in Russell, New Zealand, fantastic dish. Now I can make it at home for far less than 23 NZ dollars a lunch plate. Thank you for this recipe, including ways to make delicious variations. It is now a family “must go to” recipe!

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