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Instant Pot Almond Rice is lightly spiced, crisp and crunchy.

Instant Pot Almond Rice

Instant Pot Almond Rice is lightly spiced, crisp and crunchy. Using pantry staples, this tasty family favorite rice dish is ready to serve in just minutes.

Instant Pot Almond Rice is one of the easiest dishes you can make in 20 minutes. Forget about fussy sides made in the oven or on the stove, an Instant Pot makes cooking Almond Rice a breeze. And it is so good it will become a family favorite. Hot Jasmine rice, studded with butter, delicately seasoned and packed with almonds pairs up perfectly with chicken, seafood and pork. Or add the meat right  into the rice and now it is a main dish.

Reasons why you will enjoy this Instant Pot Almond Rice Recipe:

  • It is easy to make and ready to eat in about 20 minutes!
  • The dish is packed with delicious flavors and essential Vitamin K
  • It is perfect for busy weeknights and also for entertaining guests
  • Budget -friendly and leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 days

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Instant Pot Almond Rice is lightly spiced, crisp and crunchy.

Measure 3 cups ( use the plastic cup that came with the Instant Pot) of rice into a fine-mesh strainer and rinse with water. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear. Add the rice to the Instant Pot. Be sure there are no stray rice grains on the top edge of the pot.

Instant Pot Almond Rice is lightly spiced, crisp and crunchy.

Measure 3 cups (IP plastic cup) of vegetable or chicken broth and pour the broth over the rice in the IP.

Instant Pot Almond Rice is lightly spiced, crisp and crunchy.

Close the lid and lock it down. Select Pressure Cooker, and then adjust the + and – buttons to set for 4 minutes of cooking time. Be sure the vent is closed.

Tips and Hints for making the best Instant Pot Almond Rice:

  • I always say this, but the best results start with quality ingredients, so use the best you can afford.
  • When it comes to using spices, keep the shelf fresh by storing spices in a cool, dark place, away from direct heat or sunlight. In tightly closed containers whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 2 to 3 years and dried herbs for 1 to 3 years.
  • When using butter, make it the unsalted variety. Unsalted butter gives you, the cook, complete control of the overall flavor of your recipe.
Instant Pot Almond Rice is lightly spiced, crisp and crunchy.

While the IP is heating up and cooking, toast the almonds in a small skillet on the stove. If you are not sure how, follow these easy steps:

  1. Pour the sliced almonds into a small heavy skillet and set the heat to medium heat.
  2. As the skillet heats up, shake the pan to stir the almonds. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes until the almonds are golden brown and fragrant.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat. Remove nuts from the pan to cool.
  • Do not over toast the almonds in the pan. The hot oil in the nuts will continue cooking as they cool.
Instant Pot Almond Rice is lightly spiced, crisp and crunchy.

When the time is up, open the lid using the 10 minute natural release method. Fluff the rice with a fork, then stir in butter, spices, parsley and almonds. Serve warm.

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What is the 10 Minute Natural Pressure Release Method?

As you are reading this recipe, you may be wondering what 10 Minute Natural Pressure Release is. It is the method recommended for meat, soups, liquids and foods that may froth, like grains. This method takes 10 minutes and allows pressure to release naturally once the heat for the cooking program is turned off. After 10 minutes, carefully turn the valve to allow any remaining pressure to be released, then open the lid.

Instant Pot Almond Rice is lightly spiced, crisp and crunchy.

Essential Tools and Ingredients needed to make Instant Pot Almond Rice:

  • Instant Pot – I use it all the time, either the Pressure Cooker function or the Slow Cooker function, I also like that I can  sauté / brown  meat and veggies directly in the pot using the Sauté function and use it as a rice cooker…comes out perfect every time.
  • Jasmine Rice – I prefer to use Jasmine Rice over any other for rice dishes with delicate flavors or when nuts are added..  It is a long grain variety of rice that has a subtle floral aroma and a soft, sticky texture when it’s cooked. The grains are shorter and thicker than Basmati rice.
Instant Pot Almond Rice is lightly spiced, crisp and crunchy.
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Instant Pot Almond Rice

Instant Pot Almond Rice is lightly spiced, crisp and crunchy. Using pantry staples, this tasty family favorite rice dish is ready to serve in just minutes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 387kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups jasmine rice
  • 3 cups vegetable broth, or chicken broth
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Measure 3 cups ( use the plastic cup that came with the IP) of rice into a fine-mesh strainer and rinse with water. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear. Add the rice to the Instant Pot. Be sure there are no stray rice grains on the top edge of the pot.
  • Measure 3 cups (IP plastic cup) of vegetable or chicken broth and pour the broth over the rice in the IP.
  • Close the lid and lock it down. Select Pressure Cooker, and then adjust the + and – buttons to set for 4 minutes of cooking time. Be sure the vent is closed.
  • While the rice is cooking, toast the almonds.
  • Pour the sliced almonds into a small heavy skillet and set the heat to medium heat.
  • As the skillet heats up, shake the pan to stir the almonds. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes until the almonds are golden brown and fragrant.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Remove nuts from the pan to cool.
  • When the cooking time is up, turn off the Instant Pot. Allow the pot to sit for 10 minutes while the pressure in the pot releases naturally, using 10 Minute Natural Pressure Release **
  • Turn the vent to release any remaining steam and open the lid.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork, then stir in butter, spices, parsley and almonds. Serve warm.

NOTES

* Do not over toast the almonds in the pan. The hot oil in the nuts will continue cooking as they cool.
**  What is the 10 Minute Natural Pressure Release? It is the method recommended for meat, soups, liquids and foods that may froth, like grains. This method takes 10 minutes and allows pressure to release naturally once the heat for the cooking program is turned off. After 10 minutes, carefully turn the valve to allow any remaining pressure to be released, then open the lid.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Almond Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 387 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 503mg22%
Potassium 211mg6%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 356IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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