This Instant Pot Spanish Rice is incredibly flavorful and ready in just 25 minutes! It's made using broth, tomato sauce, and spices and is the perfect side dish to any meal.
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Instant Pot Spanish rice is the ultimate side dish to any meal. While you can absolutely eat it as-is, it's really delicious alongside these tofu enchiladas or in this taco salad.
As with all of my USA Rice recipes, this Spanish rice was made with U.S.-grown rice because of its flavor and texture. I used long grain white rice, which works perfectly for this recipe.
Why you'll love this recipe
- It's a super flavorful side dish and an exciting way to eat rice
- It can be made in the Instant Pot OR over the stovetop
Rice - the recipe was tested using U.S.-grown long grain white rice, so that's what I recommend using
Oil - I like using olive oil or avocado oil to coat the bottom of the Instant Pot, which will prevent the rice from sticking to it
Broth - vegetable or chicken
Tomato sauce - I definitely recommend using canned tomato sauce, and going for a brand that has some other flavors in their sauce, like garlic and/or onion
Step 1: Rinse the rice. Rinsing rice removes the starch from it and only takes a few seconds. Simply pour the rice into a mesh sieve or strainer and run water over it for 10 seconds or so.
Step 2: Add oil, butter, rice, and garlic to the Instant Pot. Adding oil to the bottom will prevent the rice from sticking, but the butter helps to add a nice flavor to the whole dish. So, add butter, along with the rice and garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
Step 3: Add all other ingredients. Pour everything EXCEPT the cilantro into the pot, then close the lid and make sure the knob on top is set to "seal".
Step 4: Pressure cook for 4 minutes.
Step 5: Natural release for 10 minutes. Then, remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. You might notice the tomato sauce sitting on top, and that's ok! Simply stir and fluff the rice until everything is combined. Last, stir in the chopped cilantro.
FAQs and Tips
- Butter: if you want to omit the butter, simply add a total of 3 tablespoon of oil instead
- Broth: you can use vegetable or chicken--whatever you have on hand
Can I use jarred sauce?
I wouldn't. Most canned sauces use very simple ingredients, which is what we want, and many jarred sauces have spices like oregano and basil, which we want to avoid since this is Spanish rice and not an Italian dish.
How should I store this, and how long will it last?
Store rice in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. It'll last for up to a week, though it tastes best if consumed within 48 hours.
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Instant Pot Spanish Rice
- 1 ½ cups long grain white rice
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups broth vegetable or chicken
- 1 ¼ cup canned tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoon cilantro chopped
- Pour rice into a mesh sieve and rinse for 30 seconds or until the water is no longer cloudy.
- Press "sauté" on your Instant Pot and set it for 3 minutes (it will take about a minute to warm up). Add the butter; once it starts melting, add the oil, rice and garlic and sauté continuously for the remaining time. Then, turn your Instant Pot off.
- Add chili powder, cumin, salt, broth, and tomato sauce and give mixture a gentle stir, making sure the rice is completely covered with the broth (if you need to, use a spoon to press it down). Place lid on the Instant Pot, making sure the knob on top is set in the "seal" position. Pressure cook rice for 4 minutes, then naturally release for 10 minutes before manually releasing the rest of the pressure and removing the lid.
- Fluff rice with a fork and stir in the cilantro.
- Pour rice into a mesh sieve and rinse for 10 seconds.
- Add oil and butter to a large dutch oven and heat over medium heat. Once melted, add the rice and garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
- Then, add chili powder, cumin, salt, broth, and tomato sauce and stir. Increase heat to high and bring rice to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and place a lid on the pot. Simmer for 12-14 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the liquid.
- Remove the lid, fluff rice with a fork and stir in the cilantro.
Easy and delicious! Thank you!
Very good! Very simple.
Simple, quick and delicious!! A great addition to our dinner tonight!
Barbara Jordan says
Can I use the rice setting on my insta pot?
That should work!
Can you make this with brown calrose rice? How long to cook?
I haven't tested this with brown rice, but brown rice typically takes longer to cook than white rice. I'd try pressure cooking it for closer to 20 minutes, and I'd use long grain brown rice.
Can you double this recipe in a 6 quart?
Yes, but I think the cook time will still be the same.
Definitely not same cook time for doubling. I’ve added two more minutes of cook time 3 times now which has taken I’ve 30 minutes total and it’s still not cooked.