Instant Pot Lemon Rice

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Instant Pot Lemon Rice is an incredibly easy, flavorful side dish for Greek recipes made with long-grain rice, chicken broth, and plenty of lemon. 

white bowl of instant pot lemon rice with a wooden spoon

❤️ Why You’ll Love this Recipe: Incredibly quick and easy, this flavor-packed lemon rice makes a delicious go-to side dish for any Mediterranean dish. 

This lemon rice is based on a recipe that we’ve been making for over 40 years. We always pair it with our Greek Souvlaki, made with pork marinated overnight and quickly grilled.

When you make the rice in the Instant Pot, it cooks just as quickly as the grilled pork!

(We also have a stovetop version of lemon rice over on Barbara Bakes if your Instant Pot is busy making lemon cheesecake for dessert.)

Update: We make this sunny lemon rice recipe all the time at my house, so we’ve updated the recipe with new photos and tips. 

How to Make Lemon Rice in an Instant Pot

This Creamy Lemon Rice recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant PotNinja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL

My family absolutely loves plenty of lemon in this recipe. We add a generous half cup. However, if you prefer a more subtle citrus flavor, you can add less. 

The lemon zest adds a pretty color and flavor to the finished dish. For a bit of extra color and freshness, I also love using fresh parsley. However, you can easily substitute dried parsley in a pinch. 

overhead of a wooden plate with lemon rice, chicken skewers and chopped salad

What to Serve with Greek Lemon Rice

This recipe has a distinct Greek flavor. We usually pair it with grilled pork souvlaki and a greek salad.

If you’re looking for love to serve it with these other Mediterranean-inspired dishes:

white bowl of lemon rice in front of an instant pot

More Popular Instant Pot Rice Recipes

The Instant Pot is a wonderful way to make rice of all kinds, including these favorite recipes:

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Lemon Rice in the Pressure Cooker

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes

Instant Pot Lemon Rice is an incredibly easy, flavorful side dish for Greek recipes made with long-grain rice, chicken broth and plenty of lemon.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish if desired


  1. Select Sauté and add butter to cooking pot. When hot, add the rice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until rice becomes opaque, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add broth, water, lemon juice, and salt. Cover and lock lid in place. Select High Pressure and set timer for 4 minutes.
  3. When the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes and then use a Quick Pressure Release.
  4. When the valve drops carefully remove lid. Fluff rice with a fork and serve immediately. Optional, garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 444mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.


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