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Instant Pot Rice Pilaf Recipe

This version of rice pilaf only takes a few minutes to prepare and tastes incredible - so much better than any box of rice and it's just as easy to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Pressurize/Natural Release Time25 mins
Total Time43 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot rice, rice pilaf, rice pilaf recipe, rice side dish
Servings: 6
Calories: 225kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Wooden Spoon


  • ¼ cup butter
  • cup orzo pasta
  • 1 cup white rice
  • cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup green bell pepper finely diced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper finely diced
  • ¼ cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • chopped fresh parsley optional garnish


  • Press SAUTE button on Instant Pot and let it heat up. Once hot, add in butter and let it start to melt.
  • Add the orzo pasta to the pot and cook for 2 minutes or until it starts to lightly brown.
  • Add the rice to the pot and cook for 3 minutes or until it turns bright white.
  • Pour in the chicken broth on top of the pasta and rice, then add in the bell peppers, onion, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, onion powder, and paprika. Don't stir the broth in.
  • Place the lid on top of the Instant Pot and move the valve to SEALING.
  • Press the CANCEL button to turn off the saute function, then press PRESSURE COOK (or the MANUAL button). Set the timer for 3 minutes.
  • When the timer is finished, allow the pressure to do a NATURAL RELEASE (this will take 10-15 minutes).
  • Remove the lid and mix the rice/pasta mixture together with all the other ingredients.
  • If desired, top individual servings with fresh parsley.


I love to serve this as a side dish to any meat. Here are some of my favorites to serve it with:


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 476mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 679IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg