Rice Pilaf (Instant Pot)

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian


  • 4 cups long grain or basmati rice, brown or white (use the cup that comes with the Instant Pot)
  • 4 cups water (same cup) if water not covering rice slightly add another 1/2 cup or so
  • 1 small carrot shredded
  • 1 half of small zucchini shredded
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 small shallot diced
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 red bell pepper diced small
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt (Optional, but it does bring the flavors together)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • Dash pepper
  • Parsley and chives for garnish


  • Place instant pot on sauté and sauté onion and shallot for 2 minutes (keeping water nearby in case it starts to stick), add bell pepper and zucchini sauté one more minute and in stir garlic.
  • Add rinsed rice, water, nutritional yeast, poultry seasoning, turmeric, salt and pepper, give a good stir and put the Instant Pot on “Rice”, secure lid and point the steam button to sealing. 
  • Once time is up release the pressure and fluff rice with fork.
  • If not eating right away and this is say a “batch” cook, place the rice in a large casserole dish to cool in fridge.
  • Garnish with parsley or chives
Keyword rice, Vegan, vegetarian