Instant pot Spanish rice is an easy, quick, flavorful rice. This rice has a distinctive taste of tomatoes which makes it different from others. The Spanish rice is vegan and gluten-free also.
The instant pot has made this so easy and quick that you can add this to your lazy dinner or lunch menu. Also, this is made with a few pantry staples and you really don't need to plan and prepare. This is also popular as Mexican rice.
It's so much easy to make this flavorful Spanish rice in my instant pot. Saute, add the rice and add spices, and broth. Set time and mode and forget. And a fluffy perfectly cooked rice is ready. One of the great recipes for Mexican meals.
Instant Pot Spanish Rice
Spanish rice is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that can be served as a side or main course. This is a great side dish served with tacos, burritos, refried beans, etc.
The key to making perfect Spanish rice is to use good quality rice, such as basmati or jasmine. And the tomato flavor.
Instant pot Spanish rice is a great way to get the perfect texture and flavor without having to stand over the stove and watch it carefully.
Simply add the rice, spices, and stock to the instant pot and let it cook for the specified time. The result is a fluffy and flavorful dish that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.
Whether you are looking for an easy weeknight meal or want to impress your guests with a homemade dish, instant pot Spanish rice is sure to please everyone irrespective of their age.
What's great about instant pot Spanish rice?
- It's delicious and flavorful
- IP makes the cooking easy
- No need to babysit
- Quick recipe - takes hardly 15 minutes
- Versatile, can be customized
- Gluten-free, vegan, plant-based
Rice - Long grain rice is the best one for this Spanish rice. You can also use brown rice but the timing will be a little late. You can also use Jasmin rice.
Tomatoes - Tomatoes add a distinct flavor to the rice. You can take chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. Salsa is a great option since it makes the rice more delicious.
Jalapeno - Spanish rice is spicy. The jalapeno adds more flavor and heat to the rice. If you don't like spicy food, reduce the amount of jalapeno and remove the seeds.
Vegetable Broth - Traditionally this rice is made with chicken broth. However, for a vegetarian or vegan Spanish Rice use vegetable broth. Water won't make this rice that flavorful.
Spices - Common spice we use here are cumin powder, chili powder, salt. You can also add paprika to the rice.
How to make Spanish Rice in an Instant Pot?
Start the instant pot on saute mode. Add oil to the inner pot once it's hot. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Saute for 15 - 20 seconds, No need to make them brown or translucent.
Add rinsed rice. And saute for 2 minutes. Then add the spices and vegetable broth. Give them a nice stir while deglazing the pot. Then add salsa and don't stir them.
Cancel the sauté function. Close the lid and seal the venting knob. Start the IP on manual pressure cook mode for 4 minutes on high pressure. After it's done and beep, let it be on natural pressure release for 4 - 5 minutes. Then release pressure for the rest and open the lid.
Fluff the rice by mixing salsa and add lots of finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves.
F A Qs
The common spices used in Spanish rice are cumin powder, chili powder, and salt. For extra spicy can add chipotle chile powder and cyanne powder as well.
Long grain rice makes fluffy Spanish rice. I love to make them with basmati rice. However, you can also make them with Jasmin rice. Other short grain rice may not yield fluffy rice, unlike the long grain rice. The rice may turn sticky.
Rice, tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, and garlic with spices/ seasonings make the Spanish rice.
Spanish rice goes best with any Mexican foods like tacos, fajitas, carnitas. This makes a delicious base for the burrito bowl as well.
Instant Pot Spanish Rice
- 1 cup long grain rice
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 6 garlic pods finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno seeds removed and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- salt to taste
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves finely chopped
- Start the instant pot on saute mode.
- Add oil to the inner pot once it's hot.
- Add onion, garlic, jalapeno.
- Saute for 15 - 20 seconds. No need to make them brown or translucent.
- Add rinsed rice. And saute for 2 minutes.
- Then add the spices, vegetable broth and give them a nice stir deglazing the pot.
- Then add salsa and don't stir them.
- Cancel the sauté function.
- Close the lid and seal the venting knob.
- Start the IP on manual pressure cook mode for 4 minutes.
- After it's done and beep, let it be on natural pressure release for 4 - 5 minutes.
- Then release pressure for the rest and open the lid.
- Fluff the rice mixing salsa and add lots of finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves.
- Spanish rice is ready to serve now.
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