Grab that Instant Pot and whip up a batch of my Instant Pot Stick Butter Rice to pair with your dinner this week. Using your Instant Pot to make the rice allows you to have a no-fuss dish. Dump, set, and forget is the motto I love when it comes to our Instant Pot. Foolproof and low-maintenance!
Instant Pot Stick of Butter Rice
This recipe is savory, flavorful, and addictive down to the last bite. My son claims this is the best rice dish he has eaten, and I have to say I agree.
I bet you love cooking with your Instant Pot as much as we do in our home! I prefer making rice in the Instant Pot because every single time I end up with light, fluffy, perfect rice.
My version of Stick of Butter Rice in the Instant Pot has a twist. You all know how crazy we are about the Traeger pellet grill. I head outdoors and make some caramelized onions to add a whole new element to things.
If you don’t have a Traeger, feel free to do this on the stovetop! Wood-fired caramelization does add a smokey flavor to the rice that our family goes crazy for, but this would be amazing with just regular caramelized onions too.
Since there is an entire stick of butter in this rice dish, I think it is safe to say it isn’t the healthiest, but it sure is good. Add a side of steamed veggies and grilled meat, and you have a dinner that is well balanced AND delicious.
Pressure Cooker Butter Rice
If you have never heard or tried butter rice, you are really missing out. Butter rice is a classic Southern dish that is alllll savory.
Just like the name, you use a stick of butter to create this bold rice that is great for serving with steak, chicken, or pork. I use a beefy onion soup mix and beef broth along with wine to add layers of flavors that come together to create hearty rice.
This recipe using the electric pressure cooker takes all of the guesswork out of your usual rice dishes, and makes it a dump-and-go recipe anyone can make, and everyone will enjoy.
How Much Liquid Do You Put In Instant Pot To Cook Rice
How much liquid you need depends on what type of rice you are using. Wild Rice and Brown Rice both need substantially more liquid and more cook time than their lighter relatives.
Basmati rice needs a right amount of liquid! I use broth and white wine as my liquid in this recipe along with the butter to help allow the rice to soak up all the bold flavors. I find using broth in any method always gives you a rich more flavorful rice at the end of cooking.
For Jasmine and Basmati rice, the recommended ratio of water to rice is 1:1 in the Instant Pot. If you don’t like cooking with wine, you can substitute more broth in place of it. Just make sure the overall liquid stays at a 1:1 ratio.
Don’t Be Scared of the Butter
Yes, there is a lot of butter, but every drop is worth it. You need to use BUTTER and not margarine for this dish. Don’t do it. The rice will soak up the butter and become rich and flavorful, not greasy.
If you have ever sauteed veggies in butter, you know they soak up all the goodness and those basic vegetables become the star of your meal. That is kinds of rice what this stick butter does. Steals the show!
Which Rice To Use For Stick of Butter Rice?
You can find tons of versions online that use a variety of rice. Instant rice, brown rice, white, and of course basmati. Now, you are welcome to use other rice varieties, but for this recipe, basmati or jasmine rice works best.
Different types of rice require a different ratio of liquid, so if you use anything other than basmati or jasmine you’ll want to look into that and adjust accordingly.
- 2 cups basmati or jasmine rice
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 packet Beefy Onion Soup Mix (see substitution options below if you don't have this!)
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 stick salted butter
- 1/2 cup caramelized onions
- green onions for garnish
- Place all of the ingredients except the caramelized onions and green onions in the Instant Pot. Stir to combine, and shut the lid and flip the vent to the sealed position.
- Set your Instant Pot to manual high pressure and the timer for 4 minutes.
- At the end of the timer, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes. If the pin is still up at the end of that time, carefully flip the valve to the vent position and let the pressure fully release before opening.
- Mix the rice together and stir in the caramelized onions. Top with chopped green onions, and serve with your favorite main dish!
If you don't have Beefy Onion Soup Mix around, you can still make this easy rice recipe! Sub in ONE of the following combinations:
3 tablespoons Au Jus Powder
1/2 cup diced onion or 1/8 cup diced dried onion
OMIT WATER FROM RECIPE ABOVE
1 1/2 cups beef broth or a combination of beef and chicken broth that total 1 1/2 cups
1/2 cup diced onion or 1/8 cup diced dried onion
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 342mg Carbohydrates: 14g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g