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Instant Pot Spanish Rice Recipe: Simple & Flavorful

Written by: Lucas Johnson

Whipping up my Instant Pot Spanish Rice is a breeze! Toss everything in, let it cook, and voila - a flavorful, comforting side dish that's ready in no time.

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I've got this delectable Instant Pot Spanish Rice recipe for you, one that takes your taste buds on a zesty adventure! Picture fluffy, flavorful rice cooked to perfection, infused with spices and a mix of veggies - all in under half an hour. I promise, this recipe will be your favorite go-to on busy days or when you just crave some comfort food. Let's dive into the flavors of Spain at the comfort of your kitchen!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Spanish Rice

  • Long-grain white rice: Essential for the base, absorbs flavors well, and provides a fluffy texture, perfect for this Spanish rice dish.
  • Chicken or vegetable broth: Infuses richness and depth of flavor, creating a savory liquid for the rice to cook in.

Kitchen Tools Required for This Spanish Rice Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking time and ensures even cooking of the rice and other ingredients.
  • Knife: Used for dicing the onion, bell pepper, and mincing the garlic.
  • Cutting board: Provides a stable surface for chopping and prevents damage to countertops.
  • Measuring cup: Ensures accurate measurement of rice and broth for the recipe.
  • Can opener: Needed to open the can of diced tomatoes.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients except for cilantro in the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  3. Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then do a quick release.
  4. Fluff the rice with a fork and let it sit for a few minutes.
  5. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 215 kcal | Carbohydrates: 47 g | Protein: 5 g | Total Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 480 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 5 g | Calcium: 60 mg | Potassium: 320 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 800 µg | Vitamin C: 60 mg

Preparing and Storing Spanish Rice Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the Spanish rice according to the recipe.
  • Allow the rice to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the Spanish rice according to the recipe.
  • Allow the rice to cool completely.
  • Transfer the rice to a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Adding a splash of Worcestershire sauce to this Spanish rice recipe can enhance the depth of flavor and give it a unique umami kick.

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot Spanish Rice

FAQ:
Can I use brown rice instead of white rice for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute brown rice for white rice, but you may need to adjust the cooking time and liquid amount accordingly.
How spicy is this Spanish rice recipe?
This recipe is mildly spicy due to the chili powder. You can adjust the spice level by adding more or less chili powder to suit your taste.
Can I add meat to this Spanish rice recipe?
Absolutely! You can add cooked chicken, beef, or even shrimp to make it a heartier meal.
How long can I store leftovers of this Spanish rice?
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Just reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Can I freeze this Spanish rice?
Yes, you can freeze this Spanish rice in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Just thaw and reheat when you're ready to enjoy it again.

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