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Rice a Roni Instant Pot Recipe

Rice a Roni Instant Pot pressure cooker directions. Use beef or chicken flavor for a quick side dish, way faster than on your stovetop.

Rice a Roni Instant Pot

Have you tried to make Rice a Roni Instant Pot style? It’s a game changer. WAY faster than if you boiled the ingredients in a pot on your stovetop. If you love making rice in a pressure cooker but want to try something new, this easy Instant Pot recipe will be your new fave.

Instant Pot Rice a Roni

I don’t know about y’all but my mom made this little red box several times a month growing up. If we were having chicken, then we had the chicken flavor. Meatloaf night? She would make beef like you see here. It was one thing I absolutely loved since I wasn’t a veggie lover back then.

I’m not saying that this is difficult at all to make in a pot. I will say that you do need to keep an eye on it a bit though so it doesn’t dry out and stir in the middle of that time. You can eliminate all of that by making it as an Instant Pot side dish. By far, this is the best way to cook Rice a Roni I tell you.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Ninja Foodi Rice a Roni

If you don’t have this brand of pot that is okay. We are just using the high pressure function to make this and they all have this. Mealthy, Crockpot Express and Ninja Foodi will use the same directions and timing below. At first I wasn’t going to bother posting this but when I first made it I had to look at someone else’s post for how long to cook it.

Assuming they were correct, since yet another had the same cook time I just went with that. It was not right. SO I messed around with it (because I hate when recipes go awry and I am sure you’re the same way) and thought I needed to share the correct minutes necessary here.

The one biggest tip when making Ninja Foodi rice or Jasmine rice in Instant Pot + this one is that it needs a natural release for a bit.

rice a roni

That is kinda’ how it gets fluffy. Ok so this variety I wouldn’t use the word fluffy to describe but you know what I mean in general. When you quick release the steam it does suck out some of the moisture out of whatever is in your pot.

When you are making a pot of soup that wouldn’t matter but if you have meat and grains like Instant Pot cheesy chicken and rice or something you want it to be as tender and moist as possible. Remember that tip in general when you’re cooking in this kitchen appliance.

Instant Pot Beef Rice a Roni

Why did I choose this one to feature? Because it was the only one in my pantry, so there’s that. It would make NO difference if you chose to use chicken. Literally the only change is the flavor packet inside that box. The rest of it is exactly the same and wouldn’t change in any way. Well, you’d want to use chicken broth instead of bone broth too.

Instant Pot Chicken Rice a Roni Recipe

Rice a Roni in pressure cooker

How do you make perfect Rice-a-Roni?

Ideally you still want to brown the grains just like the box suggests. If you have only made it in a pot you can do the same thing in your pressure cooker. Use the saute function to do this, it is exactly as if your pot was over medium high heat. It will melt your butter, then brown as usual and turn the pot off when done.

This last step is very important or else it may trigger the burn on Instant Pot message and turn off if it overheats. Make note: You will NOT use the same liquid to rice ratio listed on the back of the box. There is only 1 cup of rice in the box. When you make Instant Pot white rice the ratio is almost 1:1 + just a bit more.

I went off of this information and my years of experience with this machine to estimate what would work best. What others had listed in their posts wasn’t enough and it turned out dry, their timing wasn’t long enough either so it was a bit crunchy too. NO good.

ninja foodi rice a roni

I grew up in HI and let’s just say we ate a lot of this, like at least once a week in one shape or another. Texture is everything when it comes to this easy side dish. A bit sticky is fine if you ask me but any stiffness or crunchy bits are just wrong, like 100% not okay. When I find that beginner Instant Pot recipes are not right I have to rectify it like ASAP.

THIS is how to make it at home correctly y’all:

  • First you’re going to add your butter into the pot and set it to saute. When it is melted pour in the long grain rice pcs. out of your box.
    • Use a wooden spatula to mix butter, rice and pasta pieces together and slightly brown rice a little bit. Then turn the machine off.
  • Pour in your 1 and half cups water and/or broth as well as the dry seasoning packet in. Stir everything together.
  • Close the lid and steam valve. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes with a 7 minute natural release. 

Then flip the release so the rest of the steam can be released. Carefully lift the lid and fluff the contents. Serve with your main dish like Instant Pot frozen chicken or frozen roast with vegetables. A complete meal is done y’all. I kid you not this will change the way you make this boxed rice from now on, period.

Instant Pot rice a roni

How can you make your boxed rice a roni a heartier meal? Add diced chicken breasts right into the mix! That is right, if you have made air fryer chicken breasts the night before and have leftovers, cut into small pieces and add 1/2 cup. You could add 1/4 c frozen peas in there too if you wanted. They will defrost at the same time and add veggies.

You don’t want to add much more than 1/2 cup of additional ingredients or else there won’t be enough liquid for the grains to get done correctly. I don’t feel like you’d need more seasonings but a shake of garlic powder might be kinda’ nice. Now jump to recipe and get started!

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Rice a Roni Instant Pot

Rice a Roni Instant Pot pressure cooker directions. Use beef or chicken flavor for a quick side dish, way faster than on your stovetop.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, chicken, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker, rice, rice a roni
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 52kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Add butter and set pot to saute. When it is melted pour in the rice out of your box. Use a wood spatula to mix together and slightly brown some of the pieces. Then turn pot off.
  • Pour in your water and broth as well as the dry seasoning packet out of your box. Stir together.
  • Close lid and steam valve. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes with a 7 minute natural release. Then let out rest of steam. Open, fluff rice and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Rice a Roni Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 52 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Ed Cox

Friday 29th of March 2024

I used the Family size of the Rice a Roni (it’s 2 cups of rice). I used 2 1/2 tbs of butter and about 2 1/4 cups of water- turned out great.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 30th of March 2024



Tuesday 14th of March 2023

This is the perfect quick side to dish to make after a busy day! The rice came out great!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 15th of March 2023

Oh yay

Shadi Hasanzade

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

I was looking for a recipe like this, worked like a charm!


Saturday 4th of June 2022

Have you ever tried more than one box? One is not enough for us. I'm going to just double what you've got and see how it comes out.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 5th of June 2022

If you double everything I don't think the timing would change, let me know your findings

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