by Olena

Instant Pot Fried Rice

by Olena

One pot fried rice in Instant Pot with brown rice and chicken for a healthy and easy dinner.

Instant Pot Fried Rice

Can we make fried rice in instant pot? Oh heck, yes! This healthy Instant Pot chicken fried rice is a hit in our family every time. It uses very simple ingredients and everything cooks in one pot. Scrambled eggs, rice, vegetables, chicken or shrimp garnished with soy sauce and green onions. Mmmmmmm.

Before you say it, I will warn you. This Instant Pot brown fried rice recipe makes a lot. Which is a good thing. You can make it in 6 quart or 8 quart pressure cooker. 3 quart would be too small.

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Can I cut recipe in half?

Yes. Cut all ingredients in half but keep same cooking time – 20 minutes.

You can always freeze the leftovers. And lately my boys come from school always hungry. And they eat their lunch. So having an Instant Pot full of soup or this fried rice on Keep Warm has been a life saver. Knock yourselves out, kids! It is healthy and cheap vs. expensive granola bars and snacks.

And it’s a flexible recipe. I hope I have covered many questions below.

What Are Instant Pot Fried Rice Ingredients?

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 large chicken breasts, diced
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice, rinsed & drained
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups peas, frozen
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped

One pot fried rice in Instant Pot with brown rice and chicken for a healthy and easy dinner.

How to Make Fried Rice in Instant Pot

One pot fried rice in Instant Pot with brown rice and chicken for a healthy and easy dinner.

1. Make Scrambled Eggs

  • On Instant Pot, press Saute and wait until display says Hot.
  • Add 1 tbsp of avocado oil and 6 large eggs. It helps to stir after each 2 eggs to make sure they don’t set.
  • Stir and break eggs with spatula until scrambled eggs are formed.
  • Press Cancel and transfer eggs to a bowl.

I have to let you know that some stuck to the bottom of the pot eggs is normal. Instant Pot is not very good for browning. Because its inner pot is made of stainless steel and not a non-stick coating, food does get stuck to the bottom. Not to worry!

One pot fried rice in Instant Pot with brown rice and chicken for a healthy and easy dinner.

2. Cook Vegetables, Chicken and Rice

For this step no need to rinse Instant Pot. Also do not worry about stuck to the bottom eggs. We are making easy chicken fried rice in Instant Pot.

Just add ingredients in the following order (it is super important not to change it up):

  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 2 large chicken breasts, diced
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice, rinsed & drained

Do not stir. Level with spatula to flatten the rice so it cooks evenly. If you forget, not a big deal. Some rice grains on top might be a bit crunchy. But they will finish cooking once stirred and fried rice sits for a bit.

Close the lid, turn pressure vent to Sealing position and press Pressure Cooking on High for 20 minutes.

What if I stirred by accident?

Well, say a prayer nothing will burn. Nothing you can do at this point. Instant Pot cooks food better when it is layered. And certain order is a must. This is all due to a heating element located at the bottom of the pot.

Can I use white rice?

Unfortunately not. I get this question a lot. White and brown rice require different amount of liquid and cooking time in Instant Pot. Just like on a stove. If you use white rice in this recipe, it will be a mush.

Can I use frozen chicken when making fried rice in Instant Pot?

Yes. You will have to use 2 frozen chicken breasts that are separated from each other. If you have one blob of 2 frozen breasts, the middle part will not cook. Also note pressure cooker will take a bit more time to come to pressure.

To use frozen chicken:

  1. Lay 2 frozen chicken breasts instead of diced fresh chicken.
  2. Cook as per instructions.
  3. Before next step, remove chicken breasts from Instant Pot.
  4. Either shred with 2 forks or dice.
  5. Return back to the pot and proceed to next step.

Can I use frozen peas and carrots mix?

Yes. In this case, skip fresh carrots. And just beware once you add frozen vegetables at the end, carrots will be more crunchy. Which is totally OK.

One pot fried rice in Instant Pot with brown rice and chicken for a healthy and easy dinner.

3. Add Soy Sauce and Peas

After Instant Pot has finished cooking, release pressure using Quick Release method by turning valve to Venting position. Open the lid.

Add:

  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • Previously cooked scrambled eggs
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil (if using).

Can I use fresh peas?

Yes. Shelled fresh peas would be great.

Do I need to thaw frozen peas?

No. Once you add them to hot pressure cooker fried rice, peas will defrost within seconds.

4. Serve

  • Stir gently.
  • If there is a little bit of liquid at the bottom, it’s OK. It will get absorbed by rice quickly once you stir and it sits for 10 minutes. Especially if you keep it on Keep Warm mode.
  • If you see chicken pieces are stuck together, just break them gently with spatula.
  • If you do not have toasted sesame oil, it is perfectly fine. Last time I didn’t and Instant Pot fried rice was delicious!
  • Add sesame seeds if you wish.

One pot fried rice in Instant Pot with brown rice and chicken for a healthy and easy dinner.

How Can I Make Instant Pot Fried Rice with Shrimp?

  • Omit chicken.
  • Cook as per recipe.
  • When fried rice is cooked add 2-3 cups of small cooked shrimp along with seasonings. That shrimp is perfect for shrimp fried rice because it packs the most flavor out of all shrimp, is already cooked and so cheap. I don’t think you even need to thaw it, to be honest.

How to Make Vegetable Fried Rice?

  • Omit chicken.
  • At the end, also add chopped bell pepper, more frozen peas and even roasted peanuts to bulk fried rice up.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice?

A million dollar question as Instant Pot fried rice recipe is already a meal on its own. Because it is quite filling and high in carbs, my body naturally craves a salad as a side dish. We had it the other night with cucumber and tomato salad that screamed summer to me.

Or can never go wrong with a green smoothie.

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Instant Pot Fried Rice

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One pot fried rice in Instant Pot with brown rice and chicken for a healthy and easy dinner.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Asian

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 large chicken breasts, diced
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice, rinsed & drained
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups peas, frozen
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil (optional)

Instructions

  1. On Instant Pot, press Saute and wait until display says Hot. Add 1 tbsp of avocado oil and eggs. Stir with spatula until scrambled eggs are formed. Press Cancel and transfer eggs to a bowl.
  2. For this step no need to rinse Instant Pot. Also do not worry about stuck to the bottom eggs. Just add ingredients in the following order: water, onion, mushrooms, carrots, chicken, and brown rice. Level with spatula to flatten the rice so it cooks evenly.
  3. Close the lid, turn pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 20 minutes.
  4. After Instant Pot has finished cooking, release pressure using Quick Release method by turning valve to Venting and open the lid.
  5.  Add peas, soy sauce, green onions, previously cooked scrambled eggs and toasted sesame oil (if using). Stir gently and serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

Do not worry if there is a little bit of water left. Once you stir the fried rice and as the rice sits it will get absorbed.

Toasted sesame oil is a nice flavor touch but not a big deal if you don’t have one. Last time I didn’t, and fried rice was still fantastic.

Unfortunately you can’t use white rice with this recipe.

You can use frozen mix of peas and carrots if you have one. Then just skip fresh carrots.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. So good! The rice is flavourful and SO moist and tender. Everything comes together so easily and quickly. I am so in love with my Instant Pot, please keep those Instant Pot recipes coming 🙂

    1. Yay! I will. I’m obsessed with mine. Considering my 30 year old stove and oven are barely functioning I will keep producing IP recipes lol. Glad you enjoyed!:)