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Brown Rice Pilaf in a black bowl next to two golden forks

Instant Pot Brown Rice Pilaf

Instant Pot Brown Rice Pilaf is a delicious side dish recipe that cooks to the perfect texture, and is very flavorful. Enjoy with chicken, beef, pork, fish, or any other main dish you like. Make this vegetarian by using veggie broth.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker brown rice pilaf recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 51 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 368 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 3 Tbsp Butter, unsalted
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups Long Grain Brown Rice (or Brown Basmati rice)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1 tsp Fresh Rosemary, minced
  • 1/4 tsp Thyme, dried
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher Salt (or 1/3 tsp table salt)
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups Broth, low sodium chicken or vegetable
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice, fresh
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Carrot, shredded


  1. Turn the pot on to the Sauté setting. When the display reads HOT add the butter.

  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it turns translucent.

  3. Stir in the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until all of the rice is coated in the butter.

  4. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (careful not to burn it).

  5. Add the rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper and stir.

  6. Pour in the broth and stir.

  7. Place the lid on the pot and lock in place. Turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  8. Press the Pressure Cook or Manual button or dial, and then the +/- button or dial to select 21 minutes (High pressure).

  9. When the cook time has finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 10 minutes (10 minute natural release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to do a manual release of the remaining steam/pressure.

  10. Give the pilaf a good stir, and test for doneness. If the rice isn't soft enough, put the lid back on for a few minutes.

  11. Add the lemon zest & juice, parsley and carrot. Stir. Taste and adjust salt, if needed.

  12. Serve immediately.