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Instant Pot Lemon Rice on a white plate with sliced lemons

Instant Pot Lemon Rice

Instant Pot Lemon Rice is a super delicious, lemon flavored rice. It is so easy to make! With only 5 ingredients,  and great lemon flavor, this is the perfect side dish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker lemon rice recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 7
Calories 169 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 1/2 cups Long Grain White Rice, well rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp Butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder (optional, for pretty color)
  • 1 1/2 cups Water


  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped


  1. Wash the lemon. Then zest it before you juice it. Add to the inner liner of the pressure cooker.

  2. Add the rice, butter, salt, turmeric, and water to the pot. Stir.

  3. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  4. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to select 11 minutes. Low Pressure. You can also use the Rice Button (If your pot doesn't have Low Pressure, set to High Pressure for 3 minutes and do a 9 minute natural release).

  5. The pot will take about 5 minutes to come to pressure.

  6. When the cook cycle has finished, turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to Quick Release the steam/pressure.

  7. When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid.

  8. Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with parsley.

  9. Serve immediately.