This mouth-watering rice pilaf has the most amazing fragrant and taste. Loaded with lots of veggies makes it tastier and healthy. You can enjoy it with your family.
For some, rice is quite basic food, but when you pair it with the right ingredients, it becomes a remarkable dish. The mushrooms add deep and earthy tones, while the green beans bring a dose of freshness.
This vegetable-based dish is suitable as a main or side dish. This rice pilaf is an upgrade to your basic rice, without too much effort.
Please note it’s not vegetarian. If you are looking for a vegetarian option, try making this Instant Pot Mexican Rice.
Which rice to choose?
Choose any type of white rice, but also for a gourmet treat you can try the wild rice. When cooking rice in the instant pot, you can check out this Instant Pot rice calculator.
What is rice pilaf?
Rice pilaf is a dish made with rice. It can be very simple, made just with spices, or a full dish, made with veggies. The rice pilaf can be also mixed with grains. When it comes to spices, you can season the rice pilaf just with salt and pepper, saffron, or even a strip of orange.
All these additions give the pilaf the medley of both textures and flavors and make it an easy dish to customize for any table.
Key steps for good pilaf?
On the technical side, there are some steps you should respect when making pilaf. The first step is to toast the rice. Instead of toasting the rice, you can give it a good rinse, as I did. The second is to cook the rice in a slightly less amount of liquid. This makes pilaf fluffier, with separated distinct grains.
The rice will be cooked, but it is just a touch drier than the regular rice. The final thing is to let your pilaf rest; leaving it to rest for few minutes is also helps give it a fluffier texture. Extra steam will escape while allowing the grains to firm up.
How to make rice pilaf
Gather your ingredients:
Rinse the rice thoroughly and place in an Instant pot. Add water and oil.
Add rice vinegar.
Top it with potatoes, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, and soy sauce.
Lock the lid into place and cook the pilaf for 8 minutes on High pressure. Release the pressure naturally. Stir in oyster sauce and serve.
- 2 cups white rice
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 tbsp rice wine or Japanese sake
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 waxy potatoes cubed
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 lb white mushrooms halved
- 1 l green beans chopped
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- Rinse white rice 2 to 3 times and strain excess water.
- Add rice, water, rice wine or Japanese sake, vegetable oil in an instant pot.
- Top it with potato, carrot, green beans, mushrooms and soy sauce.
- Close the lid of the instant pot and seal.
- Set the instant pot to “Manual” at high pressure for 8 minutes, release the pressure naturally through steam vent.
- Open the lid of the instant pot.
- Mix everything gently.
- Add in oyster sauce and mix again.
- Pilaf is ready to be served!