Cooking Risotto In The Instant Pot

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Do you love cooking risotto? Are you tired of slaving over the stove making sure it comes out perfect? Well no more! With this Instant Pot Risotto recipe cooking risotto could not be easier and you will end with perfect risotto every single time!

Instant Pot Risotto


Risotto is a great recipe to make in the Instant Pot since it normally requires some extra labor and love on the stove top. 

With Instant Pot risotto you don’t have to be constantly stirring and adding in more liquid when the liquid has been absorbed, you literally can make risotto in the Instant Pot with little to no work at all. 

What is risotto: 

Risotto is rice dish from Northern Italy.  It is slow cooked, creamy and made by slowly adding a flavorful broth which allows the rice to slowly release starch to make a creamy dish.

The original recipe usually called for saffron.  In Italy risotto is a staple dish and can be the vessel for many delicious flavors and varieties.  Check out the recipe below where I give you ideas for how to top risotto for every season. 

What rice do I use for risotto:

You want to use arborio rice. Arborio rice is an Italian short grain rice that is high in amylopectin starch. When cooked the rice releases this starch and creates a delicious creamy texture. 

How To Cook Risotto In The Instant Pot:

Turn the Instant Pot on saute mode and add avocado oil or butter.

Then add a shallot and saute for 1-2 minutes.

When the shallot has become translucent add the arborio rice and saute for 5 minutes to coat in the butter or oil.

Deglaze with white wine and stir to release any rice from the bottom of the pan.

Add chicken stock and set pressure on high for 5 minutes.

Perform a quick release and then stir in Parmesan cheese.

Instant Pot Risotto

Instant Pot Risotto

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Creamy, perfectly cooked risotto can be made easily in the Instant Pot.


  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Shallot, Minced
  • 2 Cups Arborio Rice
  • 1/4 Cup White Cooking Wine or White Wine
  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Butter or Regular Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt


  • 1 Cup Peas
  • 1 Teaspoon Dill
  • 2 Cups Shrimp, Sauteed or Grilled


  • 4 Slices Bacon, Cooked and Roughly Chopped
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Cut In Half
  • 1 Cup Corn, Grilled or Roasted
  • 1 Avocado, Diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Chives, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Basil, Chiffonade


  • 2 Cups Butternut Squash, Roasted
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup Goat Cheese


  • Top with Braised Pot Roast or Short Ribs


  1. Turn the Instant Pot on saute mode and add the butter or avocado oil. Add the shallot and cook for 1-2 minutes to soften.
  2. Add the rice and saute for 2 minutes. Make sure you stir the rice to coat in the butter or oil.
  3. Add the cooking wine and stir to release any rice from the bottom of the pot. Add the chicken stock.
  4. Turn the valve to sealing and set the pressure cooker on high for 5 minutes.
  5. When the 5 minutes is up, do the quick release method by opening the vent manually to the venting position.
  6. Stir in parmesan, butter and salt.
  7. Place the risotto in your serving dishes and top with desired toppings.


This is a base recipe and can be topped with whatever toppings you like.

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If you love this Instant Pot recipe then check out some of my other Instant Pot recipes like Coq au Vin or Chocolate Cake!

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