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Instant Pot Risotto

Creamy and cheesy risotto made without stirring, in 5 minutes in the Instant Pot. Serve it plain or add mushrooms, peas or broccoli. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Instant Pot risotto
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
natural pressure release 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 297 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 medium yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth See note
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese see note
  • 1 tablespoon butter optional


  1. Press saute setting on your Instant Pot. Make sure the stainless steel insert is in the pressure cooker.
  2. Wait 1 minute, then add olive oil to the pot. Add chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add butter and garlic to Instant Pot and stir in well. Add Italian seasoning and thyme and stir in. The mixture should be very fragrant.
  4. Add arborio rice to the sauteed vegetables and toast, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Press "cancel/off" button.
  5. Add broth and salt and stir in.
  6. Close the lid and set the valve to sealing position. Press manual setting and set the timer to 5 minutes. The Instant Pot will start coming to pressure, which will take about 5 minutes.
  7. Once the timer is done, press the "cancel/off" button and let the Instant Pot release the pressure naturally. Do not switch the valve.
  8. When the pressure pin is down, carefully open the lid away from your face. Stir the risotto.
  9. Add Parmesan and stir in until melted.
  10. If you want ultra-rich and creamy risotto, add one tablespoon of butter, let it melt and stir in.
  11. Serve warm.

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Recipe Notes

You can use vegetable or chicken broth or stock in this recipe. If you want to use white wine, like in the classic risotto, add 1/2 cup and use 1.5 cups of broth.
Do not use Kraft Parmesan. It is not a good option for risotto but also because it contains cellulose (think wood shavings). Buy a piece of real Parmesan or get already shredded Parmesan, like Sartori.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Risotto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 912mg40%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 475IU10%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.