Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto

Do you love stovetop risotto but find it too time-consuming? You can make flavorful and creamy risotto in your instant pot.

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What Makes Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto the Perfect Side Dish?

Parmesan risotto pairs with many different foods, making it an incredibly versatile side dish for your next home-cooked dinner. It tastes phenomenal when you serve grilled chicken, seared scallops, or shrimp on a bed of this creamy risotto.

This side dish has comforting, savory flavors with a creamy texture that will make your mouth water. With chicken broth and wine in the base, it takes on a deep flavor that enhances the taste of the Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Why This Recipe Is So Good

This Instant Pot risotto recipe is very easy to make. It is sophisticated enough for a dinner party but quick enough to upgrade your average weeknight meal.

Traditional risotto is very time-consuming because you must stand over the pot and stir continually.

Using your Instant Pot, you will prep your ingredients, 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!


Here’s what you need to make risotto in an Instant Pot:

  • Butter
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Medium grain or arborio rice
  • Dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • Chicken broth
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Salt
Parmesan Risotto ingredients

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

Here’s some helpful information and options for substituting risotto ingredients:

Rice for Risotto

To make this pressure cooker risotto, you can use arborio or medium-grain rice. Both kinds of rice have a lot of starch, making the dish creamy.

Medium-grain rice isn’t the most common type sold at your average grocery store, but it is sold there. Read the label. This recipe is not suited to long-grain rice. If you have long-grain rice, try my rice pilaf.

Wine for Risotto

I use vermouth in this Instapot risotto recipe, but you can use dry white wine like Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc. Julia Child often substituted Vermouth for white wine.

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. If you can’t find shallots, you can substitute chopped white onion—it’s up to you.

How to Make Parmesan Risotto in an Instant Pot

  1. Place the Instant Pot on sauté, add butter, and when the butter has melted, add the shallots.
  2. Sauté the shallots until they have become translucent.
  3. Add garlic and sauté until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  4. Add rice and stir until the rice is coated with the melted butter.
medium grain Arborio rice for risotto in a bowl
  1. Cook rice for about 1 minute.
  2. Add half of the vermouth and stir to combine with rice.
  3. 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.
liquids and rice for risotto in a bowl
  1. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and cook for 8 minutes on high pressure.
  2. Turn the valve to release naturally, or you can quickly release the pressure.
  3. Add the remaining cheese before serving.

You can garnish it with chopped fresh parsley or fresh thyme.

Parmesan risotto in a blue serving dish and a serving spoon

What to Serve With Parmesan Risotto

As mentioned above, serve this risotto with rosemary chicken, scallops, or shrimp proteins. It’s also an excellent match for baked pork chops, salmon, or veal.

If you want to enjoy a vegetarian meal, try making it with vegetable broth instead and enjoying it with stuffed portobello mushrooms. The combination is simply irresistible!

Any of the proteins listed above can be served with the risotto and other sides like air fryer asparagus, steamed peas, or sauteed mixed vegetables for a complete, hearty meal.

How to Store the Leftovers

Please wait for the risotto to cool down before you transfer the leftover risotto to an airtight container and cover it with a lid (or tightly wrap it with foil). For the best quality possible, enjoy it within 3-5 days!

What Is the Best Way to Reheat Parmesan Risotto?

Risotto typically thickens when it cools, so you likely need to add more liquid to help loosen its texture when you reheat it.

The best way is to reheat it on the stovetop. Stir in the liquid, heat it over medium heat, and cover it. Make sure to mix it to distribute the heat occasionally.

You can also microwave it. Cover it with a damp paper towel for best results, and stir it every 30 seconds to prevent hot spots.

Instant Pot Cooking Tips

It’s not unknown why an Instant Pot does not seal sometimes. When this happens, I make a quick evaluation. Do I need something to come to pressure, or can I wait for it to cook longer?

I either leave it alone (just cook it longer) or 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 silicone seal (sometimes the silicone ring slips), ensure it is in the correct position, and see if the pot will come to pressure.

Find more advice on fixing common Instant Pot problems.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Are you interested in the Instant Pot? You can check out the Instant Pot Stainless Steel 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker with Mini Mitts on Amazon.

Parmesan Risotto in a serving dish

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Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto

You can make an amazing risotto in your instant pot. 
4.62 from 18 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Instant Pot Recipes, Parmesan Risotto
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 194kcal


  • 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.



Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 608mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 0.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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Reader Interactions


    • Susan

      My kids didn’t care for this particular recipe for risotto. It was too heavy on the vermouth. I’d half the quantity and let the cheese speak a bit more.


      I got mine and another for a gift from Bed Bath Beyond due to the coupon factor and their amazing return policy IF I use and it breaks etc down the road it’s replaced. LOVE MINE but I went with the Fagor Brand- it’s virtually same but heats up quicker / all made in the USA / has an optional stainless steel pot which I prefer for searing meat. It’s the BESt new invention on cooking! Has several safety features too!

  1. Lynlee

    I definitely need to look into getting an instant pot because this looks amazing! Thanks so much for the tips on the risotto. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Nancy

    This might be a tasty rice dish but sorry, it’s not risotto. Risotto should be creamy which can only be obtained by stirring the arborio (or carnaroli rice is even better!) to the point that it must be served in a bowl. This rice dish is not even close. Standing over the stove stirring is the only way to get there. Instant Pot is awesome and works well but not for risotto.

    • Stephanie

      Again, thank you for sharing your opinion. I think we personally have divergent opinions when making rice in an Instant Pot. I did use a medium, not a long grain rice for this recipe. Medium grain rice is similar to carnaroli. I look forward to more of your comments in the future, it sounds like you know a lot about cooking.

      • Foodiewife

        I adore a true risotto, and sometimes I don’t mind stirring and day dreaming for a creamy dish of this. For goodness sake, making it in my beloved Instant Pot is something I intend to do.Who cares if this isn’t the authentic way? Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m making this one, as soon as our freaky Indian Summer weather is gone.

  3. Jim Wichael

    I am new to the world of home cooking. You got my curiosity up. What is an Instant Pot. My family thinks I am A great cook since I started using your recipes. Thank you

    • Bridget

      Go on Amazon and look at them. I have cooked our last 5 dinners in mine. Last night I had Jumbalaya on the table in 15 min. I love my Instapot. I also have made chili, chicken in wine, Carne Guisada and a soup. So quick! Love my Instapot.

  4. Becky T

    Love my instant pot!!!!
    Cook all sorts of rice dishes in it all the time including different risottos. I have successfully used the medium grain rice instead of the arborio rice.

    • Stephanie

      So I think you can use the typical technique for this rice, with a couple of modifications. One, use arborio rice. Then simply saute the shallots and garlic over medium heat. Add the rice, cook for about 1 minute. Then add in the liquid about a half a cup at a time stirring constantly. until all of it is incorporated. Check for doneness, this will take about 20 minutes before all of the liquid is absorbed. Let me know if these directions make sense.

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