This Easy Instant Pot Risotto with Peas takes a fraction of the time to make, yet tastes like traditional, decadent risotto! I’ve included a dairy free option. This recipe is gluten free and delicious with any protein (or on its own!)

three bowls of Easy Instant Pot Risotto with Peas

I absolutely love making risotto, but let’s be honest – it’s quite time consuming! Traditional risotto requires a solid 30 minutes of standing at the stove and stirring. Ain’t nobody got time for that! But no worries – this Instant Pot version is super simple and takes literally 15 minutes total. With just 5 minutes of hands-on time! You’d never know that I didn’t spend half the afternoon stirring and pouring 🙂

rice in an instant pot

What You Need To Make This Easy Instant Pot Risotto with Peas

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The main one is arborio rice. It is naturally gluten free Italian rice which makes incredible dishes like indulgent risotto, seasonal arancini appetizers, or rich rice pudding. You can find it at most grocery stores!

You’ll also need:

Onion

Minced Garlic

Chicken broth (My favorite is Kettle & Fire – click here and use code MARY to get 20% off their site!). You can also use veggie broth to make this vegetarian or vegan.

Dried thyme

Fresh grated parmesan cheese – or you can use Kite Hill dairy free cream cheese to make this dairy free

Frozen or canned peas

That’s it! You could also add in some mushrooms – simply sauté them with the onion first!

bowl of risotto with peas

What Type of Instant Pot Should I Buy?

Good question. I have the 6 qt duo and it’s worked perfectly for all of my recipes. We have a family of 5 and it always holds enough food. That being said, if you have a larger family to feed, you may want to go up to the next size!

How To Make This Easy Instant Pot Risotto

Heat the instant pot on saute mode. Melt the butter. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 5-7 minutes. Next, add in the rice and stir it to coat. Add the chicken broth, thyme, and salt and stir well. Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Quick release the steam and open the lid. Stir in the peas and parmesan (or Kite Hill cream cheese), and serve with fresh chopped parsley if desired. Enjoy!

ingredients for an instant pot meal

Looking for some other delicious Instant Pot Recipes? Check these out!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Mexican “Cheesy” Rice

Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta

Whole30 Italian Wedding Soup

No Bean Chili

I also love to pair this risotto with my Lemon Butter Sea Bass recipe! The best combo!

If you try this Risotto and love it, a 5-star rating & review below would mean the world. And don’t forget to share what you make on Instagram and tag me! Happy Cooking 🙂

Easy Risotto with Peas

Recipe by Mary’s Whole Life, Photos by Casey from The Mindful Hapa

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Easy Instant Pot Risotto with Peas

This Easy Instant Pot Risotto with Peas takes a fraction of the time to make, yet tastes like traditional, decadent risotto! I've included a dairy free option. This recipe is gluten free and delicious with any protein (or on its own!)a
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth, sub veggie broth for vegetarian or vegan
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, or sub 1/3 cup Kite Hill cream cheese for dairy free or omit completely if preferred
  • 1 cup frozen or canned peas, thawed/drained

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Instructions
 

  • Heat the instant pot on saute mode. Melt the butter. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 5-7 mins.
  • Add in the rice and stir to coat. Add the chicken broth, thyme, and salt and stir well. Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • Quick release the steam and open the lid. Stir in the peas and parmesan (or Kite Hill cream cheese), and serve with fresh chopped parsley if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 905mg, Potassium: 275mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 358IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 121mg, Iron: 3mg