Instant Pot Easy Spanish Rice

Preparation Time: 5 minutesCooking Time: 5 minutes

Make Instant Pot easy Spanish rice in your pressure cooker in just minutes. Enjoy this easy Instant Pot recipe of Mexican rice that cooks in only five minutes.

Instant Pot Easy Spanish Rice

I find myself making this Instant Pot easy Spanish rice at least once a week as a side to pretty much everything! My family has been making Spanish rice for half a century. We all make it the way my grandma taught us. However, with the purchase of my Instant Pot, I’m now teaching my family how to make grandma’s signature recipe in half the time and half the steps!

It’s not like making Spanish rice is a chore, but it’s about getting the rice perfectly cooked and not mushy or too dry. Plus, it’s so fast to make the rice in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. 

Make The Best Instant Pot Easy Spanish Rice

The Instant Pot can be pretty intimidating looking. Though, once you get this recipe down, you won’t think twice about choosing the stovetop over the holey grail, Instant Pot. The Instant pot is a great rice cooker; however, I choose to do my manual steps to cook it the best way. It did take me some trial and error to get it right. Trust me, though, this way is perfect. 

15-minute Instant pot Mexican Rice


Add canola oil to Instant Pot and press the Saute setting. 


Saute rice, chopped onion, cumin, chili powder, and paprika stirring constantly. Do this for a few minutes until the rice starts turning golden brown and the onion starts looking transparent.

Add the water, tomato sauce, bouillon, and minced garlic. Give a quick stir. 

Instant Pot Easy Spanish Rice

Make sure your valve is set to sealing as you lock the top of your Instant Pot close. 

Turn off the instant pot, then select manual (pressure cook) at high pressure. Set the timer for 5 minutes.  

Once the Instant Pot is done, you will hear a beep. Let the Instant Pot go on a natural release for 10 minutes (aka don’t turn the valve just yet). Let it sit there.

After the 10 minutes is up, do a quick release by opening your valve to venting using a long kitchen utensil.

Instant Pot Easy Spanish Rice

Once that’s done and the pin drops, take the top off your Instant Pot, then fluff the rice with a fork. 

Instant Pot Easy Spanish Rice

You can let the Instant Pot sit on warm for as long as you would like. I like to give my rice about 20 minutes to air out and get the moisture out, but you can choose based on how you like your rice. 

Instant Pot Easy Spanish Rice With Sides

Serve with some barbacoa, carnitas, tacos, enchiladas or on its own. Top with some cilantro There you have it, your easy Mexican rice from the Instant Pot.

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