This Instant Pot cheesy broccoli rice is so easy to throw together. It’s full of flavor and makes for a great side dish!
Cheesy broccoli and rice is a classic side that’s so versatile! It’s perfect for a big family get-together but also tastes great as a side for dinner.
But putting together a classic broccoli and rice casserole on a weeknight might be a little more work than you’d like to put in.
What if I told you that you could enjoy cheesy broccoli and rice without all the hard work?
This simple Instant Pot cheesy broccoli and rice tastes just as amazing as a cheesy broccoli and rice casserole, but it’s ready in half the time and with half the effort.
Ingredients for Cheesy Broccoli Rice
Making cheesy broccoli rice in the Instant Pot uses similar ingredients to those in the casserole version. To make broccoli and rice in your Instant Pot, you’ll need:
- Long grain white rice
- Chicken broth
- Seasonings (salt, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika)
- Frozen broccoli
- Monterrey jack cheese
How to Make Cheesy Broccoli and Rice in the Instant Pot
Using the Instant Pot is one of my favorite ways to cook rice. When done correctly, rice cooked in the Instant Pot is nice and fluffy. And that delicious texture combined with the creaminess of the cheese sauce in this simple recipe is so yummy.
To make this easy casserole in the Instant Pot, start by filling your pot with rice. Add the chicken broth and milk and give the ingredients a few stirs – just enough to combine them.
Sprinkle in your seasonings, including the salt, garlic powder, pepper and paprika. Stir again until all the ingredients are combined.
Make sure your butter is cut into small cubes, then add it to the pot along with the frozen broccoli.
Give all the ingredients one more stir to ensure all your rice and broccoli are fully submerged in the liquid.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal the vent. Set the pot to pressure cook on high for 10 minutes.
When the cook time is up, leave the pot alone and allow it to do a natural release for around 10 minutes.
After the 10 minutes is up, carefully unseal the vent and finish releasing the remaining pressure inside the pot.
When all the pressure has been released, remove the lid from the Instant Pot. Sprinkle the cheese into the pot and stir it into the rice.
Continue stirring until the cheese is melted and well combined with all the rice and broccoli. Serve immediately after the cheese is mixed in.
Cheesy Broccoli and Rice
- 2 cups long-grain white rice
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 12-ounce package frozen broccoli florets
- 2 cups shredded Monterrey jack cheese
Add rice to bowl of Instant Pot. Top with chicken broth and milk.
Season with salt, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika.
Add butter and frozen broccoli. Stir to combine.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal the vent. Set to cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
When the cook time is up, do a natural release for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure.
Remove the lid from the pot and add the cheese. Stir to combine.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 849mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 14g
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