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Instant Pot Pepper Steak Risotto Recipe Instant Pot Pepper Steak Risotto Recipe


Instant Pot Pepper Steak Risotto Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This instant pot pepper steak risotto is my go-to comfort food. It's hearty, cheesy, and packed with tender steak and bell peppers. It's a one-pot wonder that never fails to impress!

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Here's my secret, family-favorite delight - an instant pot pepper steak risotto! My mouth waters just thinking about the rich flavors - tender steak, creamy arborio rice, crisp bell peppers, all melding under the influence of a deep, satisfying beef broth. Topped off with some parmesan cheese...mmm, pure bliss! It's simple, quick, and always gets rave reviews. Who's ready to roll up their sleeves and give it a shot?

Ingredients for Pepper Steak Risotto

  • Flank steak: Tender and flavorful protein that adds richness and texture to the dish, a classic choice for pepper steak recipes.
  • Arborio rice: Creamy and starchy rice variety essential for risotto, absorbs flavors well and creates a velvety texture in the dish.
  • Onion: Adds depth of flavor and sweetness to the dish, a fundamental ingredient in many savory recipes.
  • Red bell pepper: Sweet and vibrant pepper that adds color and a mild sweetness to the dish, a perfect complement to the steak.
  • Green bell pepper: Adds a fresh and slightly bitter flavor to balance the sweetness of the red bell pepper in the dish.
  • Beef broth: Rich and savory base that enhances the overall flavor profile of the dish, providing depth and umami notes.
  • Parmesan cheese: Salty and nutty cheese that adds richness and creaminess to the risotto, a classic pairing with steak and peppers.

Essential Tools for Making This Risotto Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the risotto quickly and efficiently without constant stirring.
  • Sauté Mode: Used to brown the flank steak and sauté the onions and bell peppers for added flavor.
  • Cutting Board: Needed for slicing the flank steak and dicing the onion to prepare ingredients.
  • Chef's Knife: Essential for slicing the flank steak thinly and dicing the onion and bell peppers evenly.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 lb flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat the olive oil.
  2. Add the sliced flank steak and cook until browned. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add the diced onion and sliced bell peppers to the Instant Pot. Cook until softened.
  4. Stir in the Arborio rice and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Pour in the beef broth and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high pressure for 6 minutes.
  7. Once done, quick release the pressure and stir in the cooked steak and Parmesan cheese.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 480 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 30 g | Total Fat: 18 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 70 mg | Sodium: 1200 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 3 g | Calcium: 200 mg | Potassium: 500 mg | Iron: 4 mg | Vitamin A: 100 µg | Vitamin C: 60 mg

Tips for Making Pepper Steak Risotto Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the pepper steak risotto as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the dish to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Portion the cooled pepper steak risotto into freezer-safe containers.
  • Seal tightly, label with the date, and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm in the microwave or on the stovetop.

When making this instant pot pepper steak risotto, try using mushrooms for an extra depth of flavor that pairs well with the beef and peppers. It's a simple addition that can take your dish to the next level!

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Recipe

Can I use a different cut of beef for this recipe?
Yes, you can use sirloin or ribeye as alternatives to flank steak.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
To make this recipe vegetarian, you can substitute the beef broth with vegetable broth and omit the flank steak. You can also add more vegetables like mushrooms or zucchini for extra flavor.
Can I freeze the leftovers?
Yes, you can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Just thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
How long does it take to cook the risotto in the instant pot?
The risotto cooks under high pressure for 6 minutes in the instant pot.
Can I add other seasonings to this recipe?
Feel free to customize the flavors by adding herbs like thyme or rosemary, or spices like paprika or red pepper flakes to suit your taste preferences.

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