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Best Damn Instant Pot Spanish Rice

  • Author: RecipeTeacher
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 4 min + 10 min release
  • Total Time: About 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


A restaurant quality Spanish rice recipe that cooks to perfection in your Instant Pot pressure cooker.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon course salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup Jasmine or Basmati rice (long grain white rice)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Place the rice in a medium colander, and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear. Set aside.
  2. Place olive oil in the instant pot and set to “sauté” function.
  3. When the pot is hot, add the diced onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until onions start to become translucent.
  4. Add the rice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and diced tomatoes to the instant pot and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Turn the instant pot off. Pour in the broth, and scrape up any brown bits from the with a wooden spoon.
  6. Secure lid and make sure the valve is set to sealing. Pressure cook (manual on some appliances) on high pressure for 4 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  7. Press cancel, carefully remove lid, and stir/fluff with a wooden spoon or fork.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican