Easy Instant Pot Risotto


  • Why You’ll Love This Easy Instant Pot Risotto Recipe
  • How to Make Instant Pot Risotto
  • Recipe Variations
  • Storage Tips
  • Leftover Ideas
  • What to Serve with Instant Pot Risotto
  • Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Recipe Tips and Tricks

Why You’ll Love This Easy Instant Pot Risotto Recipe

  • No-Fuss Risotto: No need to stand at the stove for 40 minutes. Just add all the broth at once.
  • Creamy (without Cream!): The magic of risotto comes from the starch in the rice grains, not from heavy cream or piles of cheese.
  • Restaurant-Quality at Home: Enjoy restaurant-quality risotto in the comfort of your own home.
  • Totally Customizable: Feel free to add different veggies, herbs, and cheese combos to make it your own.

How to Make Instant Pot Risotto

  1. Soften the Shallot: Set the Instant Pot to sauté and melt the butter. Add the shallot and cook until softened.
  2. Deglaze: Stir in the garlic and then pour in the wine. Scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
  3. Cook: Stir in the rice, salt, pepper, and saffron. Pour in the stock. Cover, seal, and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  4. Let the Pressure Release: Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then vent.
  5. Finish: Stir in the remaining ingredients. If needed, turn the Instant Pot back to sauté to thicken. Let the risotto cool, then serve.

Recipe Variations

  • Instant Pot Risotto With Mushrooms: Add sliced mushrooms to the pot after sautéing the onions.
  • Instant Pot Risotto With Shrimp: Add peeled and deveined shrimp to the pot after the risotto has cooked.
  • Instant Pot Risotto With Peas: Stir in thawed frozen peas at the end of the cooking time.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Refrigerate risotto in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat: Warm up leftovers in a pan on the stovetop or in the microwave. Add more water or stock as needed to thin.
  • To Freeze: Freeze risotto in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Leftover Ideas

  • Arancini: Combine leftover risotto with beaten eggs and panko breadcrumbs. Form into balls and fry until crispy.
  • Risotto Cakes: Form leftover risotto into patties and pan-fry until golden brown.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Risotto

  • Chicken:
    Serve risotto with chicken saltimbocca or air fryer chicken breast.
  • Pork: Serve risotto with stuffed pork tenderloin or air fryer pork chops.
  • Salad: Serve risotto with shaved Brussels sprouts salad or Italian chopped salad.
  • Vegetables: Serve risotto with roasted green beans, sautéed spinach, or air fryer asparagus.

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Instant Pot
  • Cheese Grater
  • Citrus Juicer

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Grate Your Own Cheese:

    Store-bought Parmesan won’t melt smoothly into your risotto like freshly grated cheese.
  • Use High-Quality Broth: Use a good quality broth for the best flavor.
  • Don’t Panic If There’s a Lot of Liquid in the Pot: The risotto will thicken as it cools.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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