My Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. It makes amazing risotto. It makes effortless risotto. You can make this creamy Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto for a classic rice dish quickly.
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I have had an Instant Pot for many years now, and it’s one of my favorite kitchen appliances that I use weekly. It makes many dishes, including this effortless and amazing risotto. You can make this creamy Instant Pot risotto recipe, a classic rice dish, in no time at all.
What Is an Instant Pot?
An Instant Pot is a popular multi-cooker with a ton of different functions. It’s a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, warmer, steamer, and sautéer, all in one appliance. An instant pot saves time and space in your kitchen and takes the place of multiple other kitchen appliances. Some Instant Pots even work as yogurt makers or sterilizers of baby bottles.
How to Make Risotto With Your Instant Pot
This Instant Pot risotto recipe is very easy to make. Traditional risotto is very time-consuming because you have to stand over the pot and stir continually. Using your Instant Pot, you will prep your ingredients, actively stir everything together for a couple of minutes, put the lid on, and then in about fifteen minutes, voila! – you have instapot risotto. It’s almost like magic!
Rice for Risotto
To make this pressure cooker risotto, you can use arborio rice or medium-grain rice. Either kind of rice has a lot of starch, which makes the dish creamy. This recipe is not suited to long-grain rice. If you have long-grain rice, try my rice pilaf.
I use vermouth in this instapot risotto recipe, but you can use a dry white wine like a chardonnay. Vermouth is dry, and since it is fortified, it won’t oxidize once opened like white wine. I always keep a bottle on hand for cooking. You can find vermouth where wine is sold. It will be near other fortified wines such as sherry or marsala.
I also use shallots in this recipe. You can substitute chopped white onion if you can’t find shallots – it’s up to you.
What to Do if Your Instant Pot Doesn’t Come to Pressure
It’s not unknown for an Instant Pot not to seal sometimes. What I do when this happens is make a quick evaluation. Do I need something to come to pressure, or can I wait for it to cook longer? What I do is either leave it alone (just cook it longer), or I carefully remove the lid and check that there is about a cup of liquid in the pot. If not, I add more liquid. Then I carefully look at the silicon seal (sometimes the silicon ring slips), make sure it is in the correct position, and try to see if the pot will come to pressure.
For some more advice on fixing common Instant Pot problems, click here.
Here’s what you need:
- Medium grain or arborio rice
- Dry vermouth or dry white wine
- Chicken broth
- Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
This recipe has 1 semi-unique ingredient. You can use arborio rice, or you can use medium grain rice. Medium grain isn’t the most common rice sold at your average grocery store, but it is sold there, read the label.
You will need either arborio or medium grain. I have not made this recipe with long grain rice. Have long grain rice? Try my easy rice pilaf recipe. Please do not use long grain rice. Either arborio or medium-grain rice prepares rice with a lot of starch which makes the dish creamy.
I use vermouth in this recipe. You can use white wine (I would use something dry, not sweet, like a chardonnay). Julia Child often substituted Vermouth for white wine.
Vermouth is dry, and since it is fortified it won’t oxidize like white wine. I always keep a bottle on hand for cooking. You can find it where wine is sold. It will be near other fortified wines, so look where the sherry or marsala wine is sold.
I also use shallots in this recipe. You can use chopped white onion if you can’t find shallots. It’s up to you.
How to Make Parmesan Risotto in an Instant Pot
- Place the Instant Pot on sauté, add butter, and when the butter has melted add the shallots.
- Sauté the shallots until they have become translucent.
- Add garlic and sauté until the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Add rice and stir until the rice is coated with the melted butter.
- Cook rice for about 1 minute.
- Add half of the vermouth and stir to combine with rice.
- When the vermouth has been absorbed by the rice, add the remaining Vermouth, chicken broth, half of the cheese, and salt. Stir to combine thoroughly.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and cook for 8 minutes on high pressure.
- Allow it to release naturally or you can manually release the pressure.
- Add the remaining cheese before serving.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
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Great Instant Pot Recipes
- Mulligan Stew
- Pepperoncini Beef
- Instant Pot Italian Sausage
- Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
- Instant Pot French Onion Rice
- Instant Pot Beef Stew without Mushy Vegetables
- Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Favorite Rice Recipes
- Cajun Rice
- Easy Broccoli Rice Casserole
- French Onion Rice Casserole
- Japanese Fried Rice Recipe
- Chipotle Mexican Grill White Rice
- Spanish Rice Casserole with Ground Beef
Be sure to check out more of my easy Instant Pot recipes and the best side dishes to make for dinner.
Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots or white onions
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/3 cups medium-grain rice or arborio rice
- 1 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine, divided
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 ounces fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese , divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Place the Instant Pot on saute, add butter, when the butter has melted add shallots. Saute the shallots until they have become translucent. Add garlic and saute until the garlic becomes fragrant. Add rice, stir until the rice is coated with the melted butter. Cook rice for about 1 minute. Add half of the vermouth. Stir the vermouth in, it will be absorbed into the rice. When the vermouth has been absorbed add the remaining Vermouth and chicken broth. Add 1 ounce of Parmesan cheese and salt, stir in the cheese and salt into the liquid. Place the lid on the pressure cooker.
- Cook for 8 minutes on high, you can set this manually. After the rice has finished cooking you can either allow it to release naturally, or you can manually release the pressure. Before serving add the remaining cheese.
Risotto in my family does not have garlic, but it does contain fresh rosemary and tomato paste. With these changes it turned out prefect and so much easier than standing and stirring. I let it release naturally for five minutes and then quick released. Thanks. This is my go-to method now!
My first time using my instapot ip lux- used white onion and white wine in place .. absolutely as good as the stand over the stove for an hour recipe!! Amazing!!
I am glad you enjoyed it!
I just made it in my instant pot Lux Mini, and it came out quite tasty! Of course I didn’t have all the required ingredients, but I subbed cooking wine for the vermouth, and white onion instead of shallots. Next time I’ll try the prescribed stuff. Would love to add some mushrooms to the mix. Thanks so much for a delish and easy dish!
Can’t wait to try this again.
So, i just made this. I’m not sure if my pot never came to pressure or released super quick. I took the dog out for a minute, and it was done with no pressure to release. The texture is good, but the bottom burned, and I’m tasting too much of the wine for my liking. My friend said she’d used Marsala when making it on the stovetop, so i did that. I’ll try a different wine or maybe less next time.
I am sorry this did not work for you. It is not unknown for these not to seal sometimes. What I do when this happens is that I do a quick evaluation. Do I need something to come to pressure, or wait for it to cook longer? What I do is either leave it alone (just cook it longer), OR I carefully remove the lid, think, is there about a cup of liquid in the pot, if no, add more liquid. If there is enough liquid in the pot I remove the lid. Then I carefully look at the silicon seal and make sure it is in the correct position, and try to see if the pot will come to pressure, sometimes the silicon ring slips.
I am sorry your pot did not come to pressure, and your experience was bad.