Healthy brown rice packed with the flavors of cilantro and lime. Your Instant Pot makes it quick and easy in around 30 minutes. It’s even vegan!
Delicious enough to stand on its own or, after it’s cooked, mix in some cooked chicken to make it a meal. Bonus…the leftovers freeze great!
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I have to admit, I’m not a huge brown rice fan. But this is so delicious because the pressure cooker forces the flavor of the lime and cilantro into every little grain.
And it’s so much healthier than white rice because the bran is still on the rice grain, so you get more fiber. Also, it’s digested slower so you don’t get huge insulin spikes.
By the way, don’t try this recipe with white rice. The cooking time is too long and you’ll end up with mush.
I don’t know about you but I was raised with horror stories of pressure cookers exploding and wreaking kitchen havoc. So when I used my Instant Pot for the first time, I was a little nervous. In fact, I didn’t even want to go in the kitchen.
But those were the old timey stovetop versions. The new electric pressure cookers of today are much different. Read the manual to make sure you’re using your Instant Pot safely.
Now, on with the recipe!
Start by adding the rice to the pot. Make sure there aren’t any stray grains around the top edge of the inner pot.
Zest and juice the lime. Put the lime juice in your measuring cup and add enough water to equal 2 1/2 cups.
This citrus squeezer gets every last drop from the lime with little effort. It’s one of my favorite kitchen tools.
Add the chopped cilantro and give it a stir.
Now, I’m a total cilantro nut (some would say a total nut in general). So add more or less to suit your own personal taste.
Close and lock the lid. Make sure the steam relase handle is in the “Sealing” position.
Press the [Manual] button then use the [-] or [+] button to set the time to 22 minutes cooking time.
When the time is up, let the Instant Pot go to “Keep Warm” mode and count 10 minutes. Then press [Cancel] and, using a pot holder or oven mitt, twist the steam release handle on the lid to the “Venting” position.
When it’s done venting, use a pot holder or oven mitt to carefully remove the lid. Fluff the rice and add salt to taste.
If this sounds complicated, don’t worry. Brown rice is the first recipe I made in my Instant Pot. It comes out perfect every time. It’s a great recipe for Instant Pot newbies.
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