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A cheesy and creamy Instant Pot risotto recipe. All the flavor of the traditional Italian dish without all the hassle and messy clean-up afterwards!
Kim and I have been fans of Italian food for a long time. You can see Italian influence in quite a few of our dishes. For example, my homemade chicken alfredo recipe is definitely Italian-inspired.
However, when we tried to find an Instant Pot risotto recipe, there weren’t a lot of options. Well, Kim wanted to change that situation. So, for today’s recipe, we’re sharing a risotto made in a pressure cooker.
She wanted to keep it as true to the original while still maintaining our, “keep it simple,” approach to cooking. This risotto only takes about thirty (30) minutes to prepare. Hopefully, you find it as easy and delicious as we did. Let’s get cooking!
Instant Pot Risotto Instructions:
Alright, you know the drill, begin my prepping your ingredients. Chop the herbs, dice the onions, and mince the garlic. Once that’s out of the way, measure out the butter, chicken stock, rice, and wine.
After that, turn your Instant Pot on to saute and toss in the butter and onions. Let them cook for a few minutes before adding the garlic and herbs. At this point, don’t allow the garlic to saute for more than sixty (60) seconds; otherwise, it may burn.
Next, add the rice to mixture. It needs to toast for about four (4) minutes. Just make sure you keep stirring everything as it heats. The last thing you want is rice sticking and burning to the bottom of the pot.
When the arborio has started to brown slightly, it’s time to pour in the wine. Adding wine to the pressure cooker will help deglaze the pot and add a fruitiness to the dish. Take a moment to scrape the bottom of the pot.
Afterward, pour in the chicken broth. Again, use a spoon to stir all the ingredients together. With the broth in the pot, you can now seal your pressure cooker.
Set the device on manual or high pressure to cook for five (5) minutes. A five (5) minute natural release is also recommended to ensure the rice is fully cooked and not crunchy.
Last, once the natural release is done, let out the remaining steam and remove the lid. Simply stir in the shredded Parmesan cheese and the dish is done.
That’s it for this Instant Pot risotto recipe. Kim and I hope you enjoy the dish and wish all the best 🙂
Instant Pot Risotto Tips:
Not everyone likes alcohol; however, this recipe does call for white wine. If you’d prefer not to use wine, then you can always substitute it out with chicken broth or cooking wine (which I believe has a lower alcohol content). Keep in mind, that the alcohol will cook out of the dish and leave the fruity flavor in it’s place. So, it’s really not a big deal to use wine when cooking.
When adding the broth, it’s really important to make sure none of the rice is stuck to the bottom of the pot. Otherwise, there’s a strong possibility you’ll get a burn notice. Also, we do not recommend using regular rice with this recipe. You need to use arborio, it’s meant for risotto.
Personally, I like to add mushrooms and other veggies to my risottos. All you have to do is toss them in to saute alongside the diced onions. One last thing, if you don’t have fresh herbs, that’s okay. Use a teaspoon of dry herbs instead.
Looking for more pressure cooker recipes?
Instant Pot Risotto
- Instant Pot or other pressure cooker
- 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 1 Cup White Onion (diced)
- 2 Cloves Garlic (minced or a tablespoon of jarred minced garlic)
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Italian Herbs (basil, thyme, or oregano, anything you like)
- 1/2 Cup White Wine (or substitute chicken or vegetable broth)
- 2 Cups Arborio Rice (unrinsed)
- 4 Cups Chicken Broth (or vegetable broth)
- 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese (shredded)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Turn on the Instant Pot using the “Saute” function. Allow the liner to get hot, then add the butter and onions. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent (about 3 minutes). Next, add the garlic and fresh herbs. Cook for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minutes.
- Add the rice, and stir continuously for 4-5 minutes to toast.
- Pour in the white wine to deglaze the liner. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any bits of rice off the bottom of the pan. Turn off the Instant Pot.
- Add the broth, stir the rice and broth (make sure there is no rice stuck to the bottom of the pan), then close the lid. Use the manual/pressure cook button and adjust the time to 5 minutes.
- After the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for at least 5 minutes before opening the valve to release any remaining pressure.
- Open the lid and add the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and until cheese is completely melted. Serve hot!