Making Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni is a cinch! Set it and forget it, then enjoy your quick side dish!
You’ll love this foolproof Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni recipe–it’s a simple side dish that can pair with chicken, fish, beef, pork, or veggies!
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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved Rice-a-Roni and other similar boxed rice mixes.
They seemed easy enough to make, despite my primitive cooking skills at the time, and they made a tasty side dish to accompany pork chops or grilled chicken breasts.
These days, I most often cook chicken and Rice-a-Roni in the Instant Pot, making a whole one-pot meal of it.
Rice is such a frugal addition to meals, and there are endless tasty possibilities of meal options to make with it.
But if you want to just make the rice by itself as a side dish or the base of a different recipe, you’ll be glad to know you can indeed make Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni!
I use a similar method to what I use when I cook a box of Uncle Ben’s wild rice in the Instant Pot or when I make Knorr Rice Sides in the Instant Pot, because these shortcuts are just so helpful as a busy mom!
Can You Cook Rice-a-Roni in the Instant Pot?
Yes, I know it seems too good to be true, but you can make Rice-a-Roni in your pressure cooker! It’s actually super easy to do!
I love that there is no mess from boiled-over pans when you use your Instant Pot. And there’s no babysitting the pan, either.
It’s a set-it-and-forget-it situation, which is a mom’s best friend!
Rice a Roni in the Pressure Cooker
This Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni is so easy, it barely even qualifies as a recipe (more of a how-to, maybe?), but it certainly does come in handy!
Cooking under pressure means it cooks in mere minutes and the flavors meld together really nicely.
If you have leftover rice after your meal, you can also reheat rice in the Instant Pot, which is a great method for preserving the texture.
New to Pressure Cooking? Check Out These Helpful Resources:
- Everything You Need to Know to Get Started Making Easy Pressure Cooker Recipes
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How to Make Failproof Instant Pot Rice a Roni
Follow these simple steps to make perfect, flavorful Ricearoni in your Instant Pot!
Rice to Water Ratio
I like to follow a ration of 1 1/2 cups of water for 1 box (6.9-oz) of Rice-a-Roni.
This ratio allows for rice that is soft but not watery. In my opinion, it’s perfect!
Note that this is less water than called for on the box–that’s because there’s so little evaporation in the pressure cooker.
How to Cook Rice-a-Roni in the Instant Pot
(Full printable recipe is available below)
Saute. To make this super simple and versatile side dish, you’ll start by using the Saute function to brown the rice and vermicelli in a bit of butter.
Mix. Then, you add the liquid and seasonings.
Pressure Cook. Select a cook time of 5 minutes at high pressure using the Manual/Pressure Cook setting.
Once the cook time is complete, perform a quick release of pressure.
After the pressure has released and the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Fluff the rice gently and serve!
Can I Make Rice-a-Roni in my Ninja Foodi?
Sure thing! To use your Ninja Foodi, you’ll use the Sear/Saute function to brown the rice in the butter until it’s golden.
Then, you’ll proceed with pressure cooking, just as described above!
Why is My Rice-a-Roni Mushy?
Usually, Rice-a-Roni gets mushy if it’s overcooked. Thankfully, the timer function of the Instant Pot helps this to not be the case!
If you allow a natural release instead of a quick release, that could cause it to overcook–so be sure to do the quick release!
Can You Freeze Ricearoni?
Typically, I am a big fan of freezing leftover rice for using later. The tricky thing with Rice-a-Roni is that it isn’t just rice–it also has vermicelli in it, which is thin noodles.
Because of this, it can sometimes become mushy after freezing/thawing.
So while you can technically freeze the leftovers, just know that the texture may not be exactly the same after reheating. If texture isn’t a big deal for you, go ahead and freeze away!
- Instant Pot – I have the DUO60 model, which I love.
Delicious Instant Pot Rice Recipes:
- Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- Faillproof Instant Pot Brown Rice
- Instant Pot Spanish Rice
- Perfectly Easy Instant Pot Basmati Rice
- Instant Pot Yellow Rice
- 6.9-oz or 6.8-oz box Rice-A-Roni (such as chicken or beef)
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Add butter to the insert pot of an Instant Pot. Use the Saute function to melt the butter.
- Add the dry Rice-a-Roni to the butter and saute until it starts to turn light golden-brown.
- Turn off the Saute function. Add water and seasoning mix, stirring to combine.
- Close the lid and set the vent to the sealed position. Select a 5 minute cook time at high pressure using the Manual/Pressure Cook button.
- Once the cook time is complete, perform a quick pressure release.
- After the pressure has released and the valve has dropped, carefully remove the lid. Fluff or stir the rice, then serve and
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.
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