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Instant Pot Spanish Rice

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. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: sides
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: instant pot rice, spanish rice
Servings: 8
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Erin

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups broth vegetable or chicken
  • 1 1/4 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoon cilantro chopped

Instructions

instant pot:

  • 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.

stove top:

  • 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.

Video

Notes

Substitutions: Butter - can omit the butter and just use 3 tablespoon oil instead; Broth - chicken OR vegetable will work
*Make sure to use canned tomato sauce (not jarred) and try to find one that has other spices in it, like garlic and/or onion

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg