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How to Make Risotto in the Instant Pot

This Instant Pot Parmesan Lemon Risotto makes a deliciously savory risotto that requires no fuss and very little effort. You can easily serve this bright, flavorful Instant Pot Risotto any busy weeknight. Bonus: this happens to be gluten-free and vegetarian. 

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May is an awesome month here in the Twin Cities, but along with the gorgeous weather comes the insane flurry of activities. We are suddenly in the thick of daily baseball, soccer, swim, and more soccer. Plus scout camps and piano and violin. We are hardly ever home, which is probably why my succulent is dying. [I thought they didn’t need much water? I’m so confused.]

I’ve said this before, but I truly never imagined I’d turn into that crazy mama. I always envisioned us sitting down to a homemade meal every night, with the entire family happily eating together with zero bickering. Definitely no scarfing down PBJ’s in the car while rushing to the soccer field. I was an awesome parent before I had kids 😉

And this on-the-go lifestyle, Friends, is why my Instant Pot has earned a special space in the kitchen. It is pressure cooking magic. I literally made this Instant Pot Parmesan Lemon Risotto on a particularly hectic weeknight. This Instant Pot risotto is fuss-free, easy, and fast.

Who would have thought risotto could happen on a hectic Thursday night?

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How to make Risotto in an Instant Pot:

If you’ve made risotto before, you know it’s normally rather fussy. Risotto generally requires a bit of elbow grease and time. However, the Instant Pot levels the playing field for busy home cooks and lets us enjoy dishes like risotto with minimal effort.

There are only 2 steps to this Instant Pot risotto recipe: sauté and pressure cook. You’ll sauté chopped onions until aromatic and then stir in the rice. Toss in the remaining ingredients and set the pressure cooker for just 8 minutes. Yes, 8 minutes.

Let the Instant Pot do its natural release thing, while you go about your business. Once the natural release is done, the risotto is ready. Bonus: You only have one pot to clean.

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Why this Instant Pot Parmesan Lemon Risotto is awesome:

  • It’s savory, satisfying, and full of flavor
  • It goes well alongside any vegetables or protein you want to serve it with
  • No fussing, standing over the stove, or constant stirring
  • It’s super easy and even faster than normal rice

Here’s to carpooling around town while still eating risotto. Enjoy 🙂

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Instant Pot Parmesan Lemon Risotto

5 from 3 ratings
This Instant Pot Parmesan Lemon Risotto makes a deliciously savory risotto that requires no fuss and very little effort. You can easily serve this bright, flavorful Instant Pot Risotto any busy weeknight. Bonus: this happens to be gluten-free and vegetarian.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 13 mins
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups dry Arborio rice, rinsed and drained well
  • 2 TB salted butter
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3 ¾ cups regular strength chicken or vegetable broth, depending on whether its to be vegetarian
  • 2 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garnishes: freshly chopped chives and grated lemon zest

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to sauté mode and add butter until melted. Add onions and stir until tender, 1-2 min. Add drained rice to melted butter and stir for 2 minutes. Add salt, pepper, broth, and lemon juice; stir to combine well.
  • Secure lid and set to pressure cook for 8 minutes. Allow Instant Pot to do its natural release. Once natural release is completed, carefully remove lid and stir in parmesan while "fluffing" the rice. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Serve immediately, with chives or lemon zest for garnish, if desired.
Course: rice, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian

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50 comments

    • Jacquie
    • 5 stars

    I’ve made this recipe 5 times now! I do a little extra lemon juice and add lemon zest to the whole pot after stirring in the parmasean. Always loved this recipe.

      • Amy Dong

      Aww, thank you so much, Jacquie!

    • Meggie

    Hi,
    Just thought I’d let you know that Parmesan cheese is not vegetarian, so you really shouldn’t label this recipe as such.

    thanks.

    • Ali

    8 minutes on high or low pressure??

    • Terry Dowdy

    Is there anyone here who has actually MADE this recipe? Otherwise it’s just a big hug-fest and doesn’t help other readers at all. I’m sure it’s good, but when I look for recipes online, I also look to what others said AFTER they made the recipe.

      • Joni Hoadley

      ^^^ Yes! I’ve made too many recipes that failed because there were no actual reviews. Am thinking about making this for Valentine’s Day dinner but don’t want to risk another IP fail. Anyone make this yet? How is it?

      • Brandon

      So I’ve made it twice, the first time I went by the recipe and used chicken broth. It was very tasty, but the chicken broth way overpowered the lemon, which I could not taste. So it’d say it was more of a chicken Parmesan risotto than Parmesan lemon.

      The 2nd time, i used 2 tsp of McCormick Zesty lemon and pepper season salt in place of the lemon salt and pepper. Don’t do that. The lemon was artificial tasting and it was way too peppery.

    • Alison Rost

    I should really use my instant pot more! There are so many awesome recipes like your risotto to try! I think it’s wonderful that you can make risotto in an instant pot. It looks SO good.

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