Instant Pot Vegetable Rice Pilaf Recipe

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Whether you’re on the hunt for a quick no-fuss meal you can whip up or just something healthy, this vegetable rice pilaf recipe is the perfect one to try out. 

vegetable rice pilaf recipe

This is a fun, easy, and quick staple at hour house. It’s great because you can throw together whatever you have handy in, which is perfect for those nights when you have nothing planned.

Plus, you’ll need just a few minutes of prep time and it’ll be ready super quick in your instant pot

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How Much Rice Should I Really Use for My Vegetable Rice Pilaf Recipe?

Our recipe calls for using 4 cups of uncooked rice. That should be more than enough to serve 4-6 people for one meal.

If you’re cooking for more, you might want to increase the quantity of rice as well as other ingredients in the list. Just keep the ratio consistent and you should be good. 

Check out all our rice recipes.

Can I Use a Broth Cube Instead?

If you don’t have chicken broth ready, and usually stick to using stock cubes for your recipes, well, that could work out fine for this one too.

Just make sure the broth cube is completely dissolved in the water before you add it in.

You can also use veggie stock or beef stock in it- it all depends on what you have, and your taste and personal preferences. 

Why Shouldn’t I Wash the Rice in this Recipe?

vegetable rice pilaf recipe

You might be surprised at why the recipe calls for using unwashed rice. Well, there’s actually a pretty good reason for that.

If you wash and/or soak the rice beforehand, it’ll end up absorbing more water, which will cause your rice pilaf to become sticky and soft- which is not what you need. 

However, there are certain versions of rice pilaf where many make like to make it more sticky and clumpy. If that’s how you like it, you can still achieve that by adding in a little more stock than the recipe calls for.

Add it gradually into the Instant Pot as the rice cooks while having the saute function turned on as opposed to adding all of it together. 

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    Serving Suggestions & Accompaniments 

    If you’re making rice pilaf for a dinner party you’re hosting and are wondering about sides and accompaniments that could go well with it, here are a few suggestions to get you started. 

    • Grilled veggies (zucchini, bell peppers, broccoli, baby corn etc) if you’re trying to keep it vegetarian. 
    • Fried fish or chicken
    • A cold salad with veggies and fresh yogurt 
    • A simple pasta salad with a light dressing 

    One of the best things about this rice pilaf is that you can whip it up with pretty much anything you have in your pantry, and it’ll turn out delicious and flavorful every single time.

    It is like one of those no-fuss recipes you just can’t go wrong with. Plus, it is budget friendly too. 

    vegetable rice pilaf recipe


    Yield: 4-6 servings

    Instant Pot Rice Pilaf

    Instant Pot Rice Pilaf

    This homemade rice pilaf is so tasty and versatile that it can be served with just about anything. Whether you’re on the hunt for a no-fuss meal you can whip up or just something healthy, this vegetable rice pilaf recipe is the perfect one to try out.

    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Additional Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 30 minutes


    1. Set IP to Saute mode low, melt butter & cook shallot for 2-3 min. Keep stirring to avoid burn.  Add carrots & cook for about 2 min. Stir occasionally to prevent burn.
    2. Add rice and mix with other ingredients.
    3. Pour broth into Instant Pot, and ensure the rice is covered completely by broth.  Turn off saute mode.
    4. Close lid and set pressure High for 5 min.
    5. Natural release 5 minutes, then quick release. 
    6. After opening the lid, mix well. 
    7. Garnish with parsley and serve.


    The smooth and delicious flavors of this rice make it the perfect side to almost any meal. Try serving it with rotisserie chicken, salmon, curry, steak, or whatever you normally serve rice with.

    Nutrition Information



    Serving Size


    Amount Per Serving Calories 107Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 7mgSodium 397mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 3g

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      • Jessica McCoy

        Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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