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Instant Pot Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe (Red Lobster Copycat)

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This hearty Instant Pot wild rice pilaf recipe is a side dish full of flavor and satisfying texture, while being colorful, fragrant and nutritious.

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Diced veggies and seasoning makes this rice pilaf great on its own, but it becomes extraordinary when it soaks up the butter sauce from the main dishes.

Be sure to serve a main dish that has a butter sauce, like shrimp scampi, lobster tails, lemon butter salmon, to really take advantage of this flavor combo.

Likewise, the sauce from a maple ginger soy sauce dish, like maple ginger salmon, pairs beautifully with wild rice pilaf.

A tasty sauce that complements the rice just takes this rice pilaf to the next level.

That’s really one of the things that makes a seafood restaurant special. The butter sauce that mixes in with the rice pilaf. And mixes in a little with the vegetables also.

That’s really what it’s about. Of course, a little goes a long way and it’s best to consume butter in moderation, but it is a large part of what makes a seafood restaurant such an amazing treat.

But, now we know these main courses with butter and garlic sauce are super easy to make. So we can enjoy this rice pilaf at home more often.

Check out our amazing Red Lobster copycat recipes! If you love Red Lobster, you’ll want to try these classics like crab alfredo linguini and more.

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Instant Pot Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe Ingredients

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  • Wild Rice — we used a blend of wild and long grain rice.
  • Chicken Broth — or vegetable broth.
  • Carrots — peeled and shredded.
  • Bell Peppers — finely chopped, you can use any color you like.
  • Celery — finely chopped
  • Butter — can use salted or unsalted, just adjust the amount of salt if necessary.
  • Seasoning — Use Old Bay or an all purpose seasoning blend.
  • Dried Basil — you can sub other herbs like oregano, and you can use fresh herbs instead if you like.
  • Cilantro — finely chopped, you can sub parsley.
  • Black Pepper — freshly ground black pepper provides flavor.
  • Himalayan Salt — ground pink salt for additional flavor.
  • Bay Leaf — also adds flavor.

Optional ingredient variations — you can add in other veggies, like finely diced onions, diced mushrooms and green onions.

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How To Make Instant Pot Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe

It’s easy to make, especially since it’s made in an Instant Pot.

You won’t have to constantly check on it to ensure it doesn’t boil over, as when rice is made on the stovetop.

That’s what I really love about it, because well, I can get distracted sometimes…

Now where was I?

Ah yes, the steps.

STEP 1: Rinse the Rice

Rinse the rice in fresh water using a rice strainer.

STEP 2: Prepare the Veggies

Grate the carrot and finely chop celery and bell peppers.

STEP 3: Add the Ingredients

Place All Dry Ingredients Into the Instant Pot

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STEP 4: Add Chicken Broth.

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STEP 5: Pressure Cook

Give it a good stir. Secure the lid and set the pressure valve to SEALING.

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Pressure Cook on HIGH pressure and NORMAL temperature for 20 minutes. Allow to natural release pressure for 5 minutes, then release the remaining pressure by turning the pressure valve to VENTING.

What To Serve With Instant Pot Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe (Red Lobster Copycat)

Instant Pot wild rice is a common restaurant style side dish that is easy to make. It’s versatile and goes so well with a variety of main courses.

It is Red Lobster style and perfect with all of our Red Lobster copycat recipes.

We love it with the following:

Wild rice pilaf is also wonderful alongside chicken and meat dishes. Give these favorites a try:

It pairs well with easy seasoned vegetables, like Brussel sprouts, green beans and broccoli that are all super easy dishes.

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Storage Tips For Instant Pot Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe

Cooked wild rice pilaf can be stored in the refrigerator, covered in an air tight container, for up to five days. Although, it’s recommended to enjoy leftovers the sooner the better for freshest flavor and texture.

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Instant Pot Wild Rice Pilaf Recipe (Red Lobster Copycat)

Susan & Björn
Full of flavor, color and texture, this popular seafood restaurant style side dish is perfect with all of your favorite entrées. Especially delightful when served with butter sauce based dishes like garlic butter shrimp, lobster tails and salmon fillets.
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servings6 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Red Lobster
Calories 96 kcal
Fiber 2 g
Carbohydrates 15 g

Equipment

1 Instant Pot 6 Quart

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups Wild Rice
  • 2-½ cups Chicken Broth, no salt added
  • ¼ cup Carrots, shredded
  • ¼ cup Bell Peppers, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoning, Old Bay
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the rice in a strainer.
  • Grate the carrots and finely chop the bell peppers and celery. Add all of the dry ingredients into the instant pot.
    instant pot wild rice pilaf recipe red lobster copycat step 1
  • Pour in the chicken broth.
    instant pot wild rice pilaf recipe red lobster copycat step 2
  • Give it a good stir.
    Secure the lid on the instant pot. Set the pressure valve to "Sealing" and pressure cook on HIGH pressure and NORMAL temperature for 20 minutes. Natural release for 5 minutes when pressure cycle is completed and then quick release (by setting pressure valve to VENTING).
    instant pot wild rice pilaf recipe red lobster copycat step 3

Nutrition

Calories: 96kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Fiber: 2g Net Carbohydrates: 13g Protein: 4g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 453mg Potassium: 200mg Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 1287IU Vitamin C: 9mg Calcium: 17mg Iron: 1mg

Note

The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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