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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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A Pot Parmesan Lemon Risotto

Instant Pot Parmesan Lemon Risotto

4.67 from 18 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 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amy Dong


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 1100mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: rice, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian

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    • Karlyn Cruz

    Ha! I really was just now thinking of an instant pot! It’s so amazing what you could put in it! I love that the rice option is there too!

    • Rachel

    Mmm looks delicious and perfect for summer!

    • Preet
    • 5 stars

    Wow! This one’s a winner.

    • Melanie Poulos Walsh

    I love risotto, but you’re right about the effort that goes into it. I’m obsessing with the idea of making it in my instant pot now. And this is a serious upgrade from my past recipes.

    • twinspirational

    Wow this risotto looks so good. Never made it before.

    • Explorethe6

    Yummmmm. This risotto looks so absolutely delicious.

    • Evelyn, PathofPresence

    This looks like a savory recipe indeed I can imagine the flavors of Parmesan and citrus melting in my mouth. On top of all this, there’s only one pot to clean? I am in!

    • Vanessa Delia

    What anawesome option for dinner. i would love to make a serving of this!

    • Ashlee Morgan |

    Oh wow, my mouth is watering just looking at that!! Yum! I’ve always loved risotto, and this sounds like such an easy recipe. I’ll have to give it a try!

    • Rachelle Willgren
    • 5 stars

    Sweet! I was just looking for a new Instant Pot recipe. We LOVE risotto.

    • Gladys Parker

    This looks so good. My family likes risotto and would be happy with eating it every week. I’m really missing out by not having a instant pot.

    • Betty

    The Risotto looks nice and yummy. In Malaysia , we do love Risotto Rice so much but sometime the Risotto rice a bit wet and oily at here.

    • dgutkowski

    Oh I love find new recipes like these! Thanks for posting! I’m gonna try this for sure!! Look so yummy!

    • Megan

    This looks soooo good. I’d really love to try this sometime! I’ve actually never made a risotto but this looks too good to pass up.

    • kumamonjeng
    • 5 stars

    My friend made a chicken risotto for me many years ago and I love it so much. I have never tried Parmesan Lemon Risotto and would love to try making once. I love parmeson so this recipe works well for me. Lemon is kind of interesting but I still add in to see how is the final taste.

    • Geraline Batarra

    Such a delicious rice meal recipe and it looks so easy to prepare. I will definitely make this Risotto for our meal today, thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

    • Amy Dunn (AmysAtlas)

    I cannot believe how delicious this sounds!! Its going straight in my recipe book!! Your blog is beautiful by the way. 🙂

    • Lindsay

    “I was a great parent before I had kids”— Love it! My thoughts exactly… Parenthood is messy for sure! This is a fantastic recipe. I am all for one pot meals. Thanks for sharing!

    • WrittenbySherry

    I have never tried risotto before but this seems like a simply recipe to final try it.

    • Nati

    8 minutes??!! you just blew my mind! I should have asked for an Instant Pot for Mother’s day…

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