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Instant Pot Garlic Rice

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Caramelized garlic and onions create an amazing rice recipe right in your Instant Pot. The sweet rich flavor compliments any meal, anytime of day!

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Garlic Rice in a blue bowl with blue chopsticks on the edge.

This is the perfect rice dish to serve with Instant Pot Filipino Chicken Adobo, the flavors combine beautifully!! You can also serve this rice for breakfast with fried or scrambled eggs.

Instant Pot Garlic Rice served with Filipino Chicken Adobo topped with green onions.

What you will need:

Minced garlic, sliced onion, olive oil, water, and rice in bowls.

You just need a few simple ingredients to create this flavor packed rice recipe.

  • Lots of minced garlic and thinly sliced onion cooked long and slow in olive oil.
  • Long-grain Jasmine rice
  • Water

How to make Filipino Garlic Rice

Turn on pressure cooker and press the “Sauté” button until the display reads “Less”.

Instant Pot set to Saute Less.

When the display reads HOT add the oil and allow it to heat until shimmering.

Add the minced garlic and sliced onions to the oil.

Minced garlic and sliced onion cooking in oil inside a pressure cooker liner.

Allow to cook, stirring occasionally until the are caramelized, about 30 minutes.

Caramelized onions and garlic in a pot.

Add the rice and stir to combine with the garlic and onions.

Rice stirred into the caramelized garlic and onions with a wooden spoon.

Pour in the water and stir to combine. Use a wooden spoon/turner to scrape the bottom of the pot. Any bits left behind will cause a BURN notice, so really scrape!!

Water stirred into the rice, onion, and garlic mixture.

Secure the lid and check to make sure the knob is in the “Sealing” position. Press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button and set the time for 3 minutes on High pressure.

Instant Pot set to Pressure Cook for 3 minutes on High pressure.

When the pot beeps allow the pressure to release naturally for ten minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually and remove the lid.

Cooked rice in a pot.

Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

Garlic Rice in a blue bowl with blue chopsticks on the edge.

Recipe Notes & Tips:

  • Be very careful not to allow the garlic or onions to burn or they will taste bitter.
  • I used water to allow the garlic to be the star of the dish. You can substitute chicken stock if you prefer.
  • Store leftover rice in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.

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Garlic Rice in a blue bowl with blue chopsticks on the edge.

Instant Pot Garlic Rice

Caramelized garlic and onions create an amazing rice recipe right in your Instant Pot. The sweet rich flavor compliments any meal of the day!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: garlic rice recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 33 minutes
Pressure Release: 10 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions half of a medium yellow onion
  • 1 cup long-grain Jasmine rice rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup filtered water

Instructions

  • Turn on pressure cooker and press the "Sauté" button until the display reads "Less". When the display reads HOT add the oil and allow it to heat until shimmering.
  • Add the minced garlic and sliced onions to the oil. Allow to cook, stirring occasionally until the are caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  • Add the rice and stir to combine with the garlic and onions.
  • Pour in the water and stir to combine. Use a wooden spoon/turner to scrape the bottom of the pot. Any bits left behind will cause a BURN notice, so really scrape!!
  • Secure the lid and check to make sure the knob is in the "Sealing" position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time for 3 minutes on High pressure.
  • When the pot beeps allow the pressure to release naturally for ten minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually and remove the lid.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

Notes

  • Be very careful not to allow the garlic or onions to burn or they will taste bitter.
  • I used water to allow the garlic to be the star of the dish. You can substitute chicken stock if you prefer.
  • Store leftover rice in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

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