Instant Pot Spanish Rice

This Instant Pot Spanish Rice comes out absolutely perfect every time. The rice is loose and not sticky, just like when you make it on the stove. It's a delicious side dish, that's easy to make in your pressure cooker and your entire family will approve.

a large glass bowl filled with spanish rice

I’ve been making rice in the Instant Pot for a while now, but I must admit, I still preferred the way it comes out on the stove. In Honduras, we eat very loose rice, not sticky at all. I hadn’t been able to achieve this in my pressure cooker. Until now!

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Making Rice in The Instant Pot

Making rice in the Instant Pot is super easy, and the results are very consistent. My family loves both white rice and brown rice from the Instant Pot. I started making them Instant Pot Salsa Rice recently and they really enjoy that one.

a bowl of spanish rice that was made in the instant pot

Different rice takes different times to cook right in the Instant Pot. Brown rice takes longer than white rice. It’s usually as easy as dump and start when you’re making rice in the Instant Pot. All you need is water (or broth), rinsed rice, and possibly salt if you want to add some. The rice always comes out perfect by all accounts, but the “Honduran” in me always wants the rice to be looser and less sticky.

How Do I Make Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot?

Well, I believe my husband and I have finally gotten the rice exactly as I wanted it. We played around with making rice for a week until we got it just right. This recipe for Instant Pot Spanish Rice takes a little more effort than just “dump and start”, but I’m telling you it’s so worth it.

overhead shot of a plate of spanish rice

Instead of plain rice, you will end up with perfectly flavored Spanish rice. Some people may refer to it as Mexican rice as well. Either way, it’s much looser rice that is incredibly flavorful. You will have to prep some ingredients like peppers and onions, and you will also need to saute the rice before pressure cooking it. That’s the secret!

What Can I Serve With Spanish Rice?

Spanish or Mexican Rice is what you are typically served when you go to Mexican restaurants. It’s the delicious orange/reddish rice that’s so flavorful and perfectly loose. It’s usually made on the stove but now you can easily make it in your pressure cooker!

plate of chicken and spansih rice

Instant Pot Spanish Rice goes well with just about any meal, not just Mexican food. It’s wonderful with meat, chicken, pork, and fish. It adds color to any plate!

Essential Items

Here are some essential prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

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We also use it inside burritos and tacos, and even inside a bowl of my homemade Instant Pot Chicken Soup!

side view of spanish rice in a glass bowl

One thing I noticed with this rice, that I love, is that even when you put it in the fridge and reheat it later, it still stays loose and doesn’t get sticky!

instant pot spanish rice

I know you will love how this Instant Pot Spanish Rice comes out! I bet it will become a favorite side in your home. Let me know in the comments when you make it.

Instant Pot Spanish Rice


4.63 from 8 votes
Cooking Method(s)
  • Pressure Cooking
Pressure LevelHigh
Program SettingManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
3 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time
33 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
This restaurant-style Spanish Rice is easily made right at home using the Instant Pot. Loaded with the authentic flavor of your favorite Spanish Rice, this will quickly become a family favorite side dish for just about any meal.
a large glass bowl filled with spanish rice

Essential Equipment

  • instant pot
  • measuring spoons



  • Rinse the rice under cool water until the water runs clear. Set aside to dry while preparing the other ingredients.
  • Toast Rice: Set the Instant Pot to ‘Sauté’ and, using the ‘Adjust’ button, set the heat level to ‘More’. Add the oil to the pot and allow it to heat up for a couple of minutes. Add the rice to the pot and toss until it is fully coated in oil. Cook, tossing occasionally, until some of the grains begin to brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add Onions, Bell Peppers, and Garlic: Add the diced onions and bell peppers, sautéing with the rice until slightly tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  • Add Chicken Stock, Salsa, and Salt: Turn off the ‘Sauté’ function and then add the chicken stock, salsa, and salt to the pot and give everything a gentle stir to combine.
  • 3-Minute Cook Time: Close the Instant Pot, set the pressure release valve to ‘Sealing’, and set the pot to cook on ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’, ‘High Pressure’ for 3 minutes.
  • 10-Minute NPR: Once the 3-minute cooking time has completed, allow for a 10-minute natural pressure release. Release any remaining pressure once the 10-minute NPR has completed.
  • Fluff the Rice: Once the remaining pressure has been released and the pin has dropped, open the Instant Pot and, using a fork, fluff the rice.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 25.5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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6 thoughts on “Instant Pot Spanish Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    Just finished making this-exactly as written-Yum-Mee! Turned out so well. I will make this my g0-to recioe whenever I am in the mood for Spanish rice. Thanks for posting

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