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Fried Rice Instant Pot Recipe

Instant Pot fried rice is a pressure cooker version of classic fried rice. This method of making fried rice yields a delicious, easy dish your family will love in a fraction of the time and  it will totally satisfy any craving for Asian cuisine. This easy Fried Rice recipe tastes way better than any Chinese takeout 🥢🥡🥢.

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Restaurant Style Fried Rice (Pressure Cooker Rice Recipe)

One of our favorite takeout dishes is fried rice. Whenever we pick up Chinese food, we order it. The stir fried rice with veggies with soy sauce, oil, garlic and vinegar. Sometimes we get fried rice as a  main course. Other times we get it as a side dish.

With our easy fried rice recipe, you can make this delicious takeout classic at home in a fraction of the time it takes to go and pick up a takeout order.

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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 it’s the perfect recipe to try if you are an Instant Pot beginner.

Intimidated by the Instant Pot Rice button ? Take a deep breath and go check out our post on Instant Pot Basmati Rice and Instant Pot Jasmine Rice. We break down everything you need to know to get you using your Instant Pot like a pro in no time.

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How to make Fried IP Rice

The Instant Pot makes cooking fried rice very easy. We have used the pot in pot method to minimize the clean up needed while making these recipe. If you are not comfortable with Pot in Pot, you can make Rice directly in the inner pot of the electric pressure cooker. 

To make fried rice in the Instant Pot with uncooked rice, start by washing your rice. Rinse the rice multiple times under cold water until the water runs clear and is no longer cloudy. The more of the starch you remove, the fluffier and less sticky the rice will become.

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After the rice is rinsed, add the water to the inner pot and place a trivet on the bottom. Add the rice and more water to a stainless steel container. Place the container on the trivet in your Instant Pot. 

Now secure the lid on the Instant Pot, set it to “Sealing,” and cook for 5 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes when it beeps before releasing the remaining pressure.

Carefully remove the rice container and the trivet from the pressure cooker and keep it aside.

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Drain the water from the inner pot and place it again in your instant pot . 

Then, set your Instant Pot to Saute mode. When it gets hot, add the olive oil, sesame oil, and garlic and cook until the garlic becomes golden-brown (about 1 minute).

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As the garlic cooks, keep stirring and add in the vegetables, rice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, salt and black pepper. Mix the rice and other ingredients well. Cook the rice for about 1 to 3 minutes or until the ingredients are warmed through. Serve the fried rice hot.

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Fried Asian Rice Recipe Pro Tips

When I make fried rice, I like to use either jasmine or long grain rice. Both these varieties hold up really well in fried rice.

Some other tips for making fried rice:

  • always rinse your rice several times to remove as much starch as possible
  • use day old rice for fried rice
  • add other veggies or ingredients to the fried rice if you want to fill out the rice a bit more to make it a meal
  • If you prefer softer veggies, you can steam veggies before hand
  • Add mushrooms, tofu, or bean sprouts or any of your leftover veggies. This recipe is highly flexible.
  • Do not substitute the sesame oil with anything else because it gives this dish Chinese flavors along with the soy sauce and rice vinegar.
  • Don’t overdo it with the soy sauce. The goal is not to make the rice turn dark brown – if you do so, you’ll end up with an incredible salty dish. Add just enough soy sauce that your rice turns mildly brown.

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What to eat with this Fried Rice Instant Pot recipe?

You can serve fried rice with nearly any Chinese or Japanese inspired dishes. I like to eat it with Vegetable Chow Mein or Teriyaki Brussel Sprouts. Or you can try to serve with these Garlic Noodles.

Can I use pre-cooked / leftover rice for this Pressure Cooker Rice recipe?

Yes, If you have left over rice, this is probably the best way to elevate the flavors of leftover rice to the next level. If you are planning to make it in a bigger quantity, you can prepare the rice ahead of time. 

Can Instant Pot Fried Rice be made with Brown Rice?

Yes! You can make fried rice with brown rice if you prefer. If you like fried rice, you should try Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried Rice Bowl.

What’s in fried rice seasoning?

You don’t need a lot to season fried rice. For my recipe, the soy sauce, garlic, black pepper, and rice vinegar provide the flavor. You can add additional flavors if you like such as ginger or sriracha.

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What vegetables can be added to Vegetable Fried IP Rice?

You can add nearly any veggie you like. 

Some of my favorites to add to fried rice include:

  • broccoli 
  • sugar snap peas
  • baby corn
  • mushrooms
  • water chestnuts

What types of rice can be used to make Fried Rice in a Pressure Cooker?

I prefer to use either long grain rice or jasmine rice. These tend to work very well with fried rice. You can also use brown rice if that is all you have on hand.

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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 don’t like veggies, you should add them in.

If you liked this Recipe, you will love our other Rice recipes

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Jollof rice

Instant pot Mushroom rice

 Teriyaki fried rice 

Mexican Rice and beans

 

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Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipe

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Instant Pot Fried Rice with Garlic

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Instant Pot fried rice is a pressure cooker version of classic fried rice. This method of making fried rice yields a delicious, easy dish your family will love in a fraction of the time and  it will totally satisfy any craving for Asian cuisine

Ingredients

  • Cooking oil - vegetable, canola, olive or even butter will work! - 2 tablespoon
  • Garlic, chopped 6 cloves -approximately 2 tablespoon
  • 1 cup uncooked rice / 3 cups cooked jasmine rice or long grain rice
  • 1 cup water to cook the rice (skip if using cooked rice)
  • salt to taste
  • Mix vegetable ( Peas, Carrots, Corn) 1-1/2 cup
  • Soy sauce 1 tablespoon
  • Rice vinegar 1/2 tablespoon
  • Sesame oil 1 teaspoon
  • Green onions - optional
  • sesame seeds - optional

Instructions

    With Uncooked Rice

    1. In a Stainless container (PIP) add rice and rinse the rice  multiple times under cold water until the water runs clear. (TIP: Removing as much starch as possible by rinsing produces fluffier  non sticky rice!) .
    2. Add water in the inner pot of your instant pot  and place a trivet . Keep the rice container on it.Add water to the rice .
    3. Place the lid and pressure cook high for 5 minutes.
    4. When the pressure cook beeps. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 mins and then do a quick release.
    5. Carefully remove the rice container and the trivet from the pressure cooker and keep it aside.
    6. Drain the water from the inner pot and place it again in your instant pot
    7. Press Saute, when HOT add olive oil , sesame oil and the chopped garlic.
    8. Cook the garlic until golden brown, it would just take 1 minute. Keep  stirring.
    9. Add in the veggies,  cooked  rice , Soy sauce, Rice vinegar, Salt to taste , black pepper powder and mix it well.
    10. Sprinkle some green onions and sesame  seeds and serve.


    With Cooked Rice

    1. Press Saute, when HOT add olive oil , sesame oil and the chopped garlic.
    2. Cook the garlic until golden brown, it would just take 1 minute. Keep  stirring.
    3. Add in the veggies,  cooked  rice , Soy sauce, Rice vinegar, Salt to taste , black pepper powder and mix it well.
    4. Sprinkle some green onions and sesame  seeds and serve.

    Stove top recipe 

  1. In a skillet, add  oil and chopped garlic.
  2. Turn on the heat to medium and cook the garlic until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add the veggies , cooked rice , soy sauce, vinegar  add salt to taste.
  4. Mix everything  well. sprinkle some green onions and sesame seeds.
  5. Enjoy with other main dish you are serving with like chow mein.

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This was incredibly yummy! I doubled the recipe, also figured out how much water to put into the rice pot. 2 cups water in rice pot and 1 cup in instant pot. I also went a little overboard with the garlic (6 cloves lol) I will be making this again 🖤 thank you!!

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I meant 13 cloves lol but still, everyone should try this 🥰

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