Why Should I Buy An Instant Pot
If you dont have an Instant Pot yet and youre navigating a busy life while trying to feed a hungry family 7 days a week, Id highly recommend investing in an Instant Pot. Mine sat un-used on a shelf for 6 months until I finally had the courage to give it a try, but once I did I was hooked. I most often use the 8-Quart Instant Pot Duo because Im feeding a family , but I test all my Instant Pot Recipes in the 6-Quart Instant Pot Duo as well so you can be sure theyll work for you too! If youre looking for more delicious Instant Pot recipes, check out ALL my Instant Pot recipes HERE!
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I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! Let me know in the comments below, whats your favourite take-out recipe to make at home? Id love to know!
Ingredients For Fried Rice
LONG GRAIN RICE I prefer long grain white rice for this recipe. It seems to be perfect rice for Fried Rice. Each grain comes out moist and fluffy. You can find long grain white rice in most grocery stores or order it on
VEGGIES I like combination of carrots and green peas. However, you can add veggies of your choice, such as onion, corn, green beans.
Recipe uses frozen carrots and peas, feel free to use fresh.
SOY SAUCE I prefer premium soy sauce, it is richer and is less salty. Also, gives a nice color and a bold flavor to this fried rice. You can find premium soy sauce in most of the grocery stores or order it on
However, you can also use light soy sauce. If using light soy sauce, use a low-sodium lite soy sauce. Or use Tamari for gluten-free. You can find Tamari in most grocery stores or order it on
PURE SESAME OIL Few drops of sesame oil is all you need to add a burst of flavor to this fried rice. You can easily find pure sesame oil in Asian grocery stores or order it on
BROTH You can use water or broth, both would do just fine. I prefer low sodium broth as it adds an additional layer of flavor. Low sodium broth helps control the sodium intake.
Pic Shown: Instant Pot Fried Rice
Pro Tips For Perfect Instant Pot Fried Rice
Some of the things I think really helps me achieve non-sticky, flavorful Chinese restaurant style Fried Rice are:
USE LONG GRAIN WHITE RICE The grains have a firm, dry texture, and are best for side dishes, pilafs, fried rice. Produces distinct firm grains that stay fluffy and separate even after cooking.
You can find it in most grocery stores or order it on
RINSE RICE rinse the rice thoroughly. Use a fine mesh strainer, rinse the rice under cold running water for couple of minutes or until the water runs clear. Drain the rice well.
SOY SAUCE I prefer premium soy sauce, it is rich in taste and is less salty. Also, gives a nice color and a bold flavor to this fried rice. You can find premium soy sauce in most of the grocery stores or order it on
However, you can also use light soy sauce. If using light soy sauce, use a low-sodium lite soy sauce.
Use Tamari for gluten-free. You can find Tamari in most grocery stores or order it on
PURE SESAME OIL sesame oil has a great aroma and tastes wonderful in Fried Rice. I think sesame oil makes a huge difference in flavor and good fried rice, a little goes a long way.
You can easily find pure sesame oil in Asian grocery stores or order it on
VEGGIES veggies add nice color, flavor and freshness to the fried rice. Feel free to add stir-fried veggies such as green peas, corn, baby corn, bell peppers, spring onions.
Pic Shown: Instant Pot Fried Rice
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To Prevent Mushy Fried Rice:
As I mentioned above fried rice is best made with leftover day-old rice. But in this case, most of you are going to use freshly cooked rice.
Here’s how to prevent that fresh rice from getting mushy:
- Once you finish cooking the rice in a pressure cooker, you need to transfer the rice to a big tray such as a baking sheet.
- Spread the rice our while it’s still hot all over the tray, and give it a few minutes to allow some surface moisture to evaporate while you’re preparing other ingredients.
Its an easy step that can absolutely save this and many other dishes from mushy rice.
Don’t forget to put the leftover fried rice in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Properly stored, leftover fried rice will last for 5-7 days in the refrigerator. It will maintain the best quality for about 6 months but will remain safe indefinitely if it’s constantly frozen at 0°F.
Few Notes On Making This Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipe:
- Rinse rice in a strainer and let it hang out for couple of minutes to drain as much water as possible. This step is important to not only wash the rice, as well as remove excess starch < less mushier rice
- Do not double the recipe. Its just too much to work with and makes the rice overcooked in the process.
- I used 1 cup of 33% less sodium chicken stock and the salt was perfect along with soy sauce. But, if you have regular sodium chicken stock, then Id suggest using 3/4 cup stock + 1/4 cup water.
Moremeal prep ideasjust like this chicken fried rice in pressure cooker
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Why You Will Love This Recipe
- One pot meal! Weeknight meals should be quick and easy and require little clean up! This instant pot chicken fried rice checks all these boxes!
- Naturally gluten free and kid friendly! Do you have a gluten free kiddo that always wants fun foods? Make this instant pot chicken fried rice and watch them gobble it up!
- Great for leftovers! If you need meals later in the week, you can make a large batch and enjoy this anytime. Because we use jasmine rice, the rice never gets hard as it sits in the fridge. You can eat this chicken fried rice from the instant pot cold right out of the fridge!
- Freezer friendly! Freeze extra portions for a homemade frozen meal that is so much better than anything you can buy in the stores!
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I’ve posted a quite few fried rice recipes before. If you’ve been following my posts, you maybe remember that the general rule of good fried rice is to use leftover or day-old white rice.
If you have some leftover rice in the fridge, feel free to use it to make this recipe. In this case, you just need to skip the first step and stir fry the rice with the other ingredients in the pressure cooker.
This Instant Pot fried rice recipe works for those who are feeling a craving for tasty fried rice but forget to make the rice a day early.
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Fried Asian Rice Recipe Without Vegetables
You can make fried rice without vegetables. You can then use it as a flavored rice dish to serve with main dishes. The vegetables add a bit of extra flavor, crunch and texture to the rice, so unless you really dont like veggies, you should add them in.
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Should I Use The Rice Button On My Instant Pot
The Instant Pots rice button is best used for white rice, as it is specifically calibrated to weigh white rice and water and cook the rice accordingly. This is ideal for weeknights when you truly want to set and forget your rice, but not great for cooking different varieties of rice on the fly.
Luckily, you can use your Instant Pots manual pressure function to cook white, brown, or wild rice on high pressure in just a few minutes. Heres how to do it.
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What If You Want To Use Brown Jasmine Rice
Brown jasmine rice needs more time to cook in the instant pot and also needs more water. This recipe uses a ratio of 1 cup of rice and 1.25 cups of liquid for the white jasmine rice and cooks in 3 minutes. Brown jasmine rice will require 1.50 cups of liquid and 7 minutes of high pressure to cook the rice.
To make this with brown jasmine rice, add ¼ cup of water and increase the cooking time from 3 minutes to 7 minutes. Everything else will stay the same.
Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice
Who doesnt love a night out at a Hibachi restaurant like Benihana ?! Crazy chefs, silly gags, yummy food and gathering around a table with friends and family or sitting awkwardly with strangers and texting about them while at the table and talking about them in the car ride home.
Lifelong memories made. The only thing I dont care for is smelling like I took a Hibachi steam bath every time I leave!
While I love ordering steak, shrimp, chicken and veggies, my favorite thing at any Hibachi place is the Hibachi Fried Rice that is served at the top of the meal.
This is a very simple and light fried rice that isnt doused in oil, has a delicious sesame/veggie flavor and is very satisfying especially with some homemade Japanese mustard sauce or ginger sauce added at the end. It is perfect as a complement to any protein or simply to eat by itself!
And the best part? Thanks to cooking it in your Instant Pot, your clothes wont smell like you just exited a Hibachi sauna!
Heres How I Made It!:
Next, were going to put the rice in the instant pot and with jasmine rice its a 1:1 ratio so Im adding 2 cups of water to go with our 2 cups of rice.
Well start with some milk
followed by some soy sauce
a little heavy cream
just a spoonful of sugar
and some mustard powder
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How To Make Chicken Fried Rice In The Instant Pot
Start by rinsing the rice in a mesh strainer. Wash the rice until the liquid from the rice runs clear. This will help ensure that the rice isnt overly sticky and mushy at the end.
Once the rice has been washed, strain off all extra water and add the rice to the instant pot.
Pull the peas out of the freezer and allow them to defrost on the counter.
Add the water, coconut aminos, spices and salt to the instant pot and stir well to fully incorporate into the rice. Be sure all the rice is submerged in liquid.
Cut the chicken thighs up into ½ inch cubes. I typically use my kitchen shears for this, but you could also use a sharp knife and a plastic cutting board .
Add the chicken thighs directly to the instant pot on top of the rice, dont stir. Try to flatten the chicken out but dont mix it in with the rice. The rice needs to be submerged in liquid and if you stir it all together, the rice will likely not all be submerged.
Add the lid and turn on the instant pot for high pressure for 3 minutes .
After coming up to pressure and cooking for 3 minutes, allow the instant pot to naturally release pressure for at least 10 minutes . If you are choosing to release pressure after 10 minutes, carefully flip the valve and release the pressure.
Open the instant pot lid and stir the chicken and rice mixture. To this add the partially defrosted peas and shredded carrots. Stir well.
Thinly slice the green onion and sprinkle it over the top right before serving.
Can I Add Meat In It
Absolutely! Any kind of protein, shrimp, chicken, beef, or pork will work well in this recipe!
Simply cook the meat in the skillet before scrambling the egg. If using rotisserie chicken, add it to the rice along with vegetables and egg mixture and not before scrambling the egg as the meat is already cooked.
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How To Make Veg Fried Rice On The Stove
Before the instant pot, I used to make fried rice on the stove. One of the good parts of cooking on the stove is that you could make instant fried rice with left over rice. But if you do not have left over rice, you can also make it in a matter of minutes.
In a saucepan, boil enough water, on medium-high heat, to cook the rice. Allow the water to come to a rolling boil and then carefully add the soaked rice. Allow the rice to cook for about 12 minutes, it should be al dente.
Strain the water and spread the rice on a plate and allow it to cool down. This ensures the rice does not get overcooked and mushy. While rice is cooling down, stir fry the veggies for fried rice in a wok or a frying pan.
Heat a wok on high flame and add some oil. Once oil is hot, add the green onion whites followed by carrots and green beans. Saute for about a minute and add salt, sugar, black pepper, soy sauce, and vinegar and mix it well.
Finally, add the basmati rice and mix gently. Cook for about a minute, turn the stove off and garnish the vegetable fried rice with chopped green onions.
Smart Program Cooking Option
You can also choose to select the RICE smart program button. This program cooks on low pressure and is best used for white rice. For rice with a firmer texture or thinner rice like Jasmine or Basmati, use the Less mode for rice with a normal texture or regular long-grain or medium-grain white rice, use the Normal mode for rice with a softer texture, use the More mode. You can change the modes by pressing the RICE button again. Use quick release at the end.
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Egg Fried Rice In Instant Pot
Chinese fried rice is so comforting, quick and easy. As a side for your favorite Chinese take out dishes or a simple kid friendly lunch.
But, fried rice requires cooked and cooled rice. That is why I love making fried in instant pot. No planning needed!
Im all set to make egg fried rice when the craving hits or in need a quick fix for school lunch box. An absolutely perfect side dish for all your favorite take outs.
How To Make Fried Rice In Pressure Cooker
1.Heat a bit of vegetable oil in instant pot. Add eggs and give a good stir.
2. Stir occasionally and cook eggs until just cooked.
3. Transfer eggs into a seperate bowl. Heat some more vegetable oil and saute onions until translucent.
4. Add washed and drained rice, saute for 20 seconds. Stir in chicken stock, salt and pepper.
5. Cook according to instructions. Uncover and stir in cooked eggs, scallion, soy sauce and sesame oil.
6. Stir well.
7. Serve pressure cooker fried rice hot.
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How To Make The Rice In Your Instant Pot
I make Rice , in my electric pressure cooker all the time.Its the easiest and is made within minutes.
To make rice in the Instant pot , add a cup of washed rice to the Instant Pot . Then add 1 1/4 cup of water to the washed rice. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and pressure cook on rice mode, valve on sealing. Natural pressure release.
Why Make Fried Rice In A Pressure Cooker
The Instant Pot turns fried rice into an easy, fast one pot recipe! Plus when you make fried rice in your pressure cooker, you will get consistent results each time. And its the perfect recipe to try if you are an Instant Pot beginner.
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Chicken Fried Rice Instant Pot
This homemade Chicken fried rice is seriously amazing! You dont need to cook rice and allow it to cool. It is a hassle-free recipe. Once you crave fried rice, turn on your Instant Pot, spend less than 20 min and enjoy mouth-watering chicken fried rice.
Reasons to love this Instant Pot Chicken fried rice.
- Hassle free
- Takes less than 20 min
- Recipe calls for 10 ingredients only
- It is a one-pot meal.
Have a tight budget? Dont be deprived of your favorite Asian restaurant dishes! Make it today!
How Do You Make Fried Rice In The Instant Pot
Its super simple to make fried rice in the Instant Pot. You dont even need pre-cooked white rice when making this version!
Well start by frying up some diced bacon. Then, remove the bacon from the Instant Pot using a slotted spoon. Leave about a tablespoon of the bacon fat in there. Next well scramble the eggs in the Instant Pot, flavoring them with the bacon fat.
Then goes in the rice and some water along with soy sauce and oyster sauce. Seal the Instant Pot and let it cook for 6 minutes. Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for about 5 minutes, then remove the lid and stir in your cooked eggs and bacon along with the frozen peas and green onions. The heat of the rice will thaw those peas in just a couple minutes. Theyll stay tender and firm, and wont be overcooked this way.
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