Lemon Rice in the Pressure Cooker

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Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Lemon Rice

Lemon rice cooks in the pressure cooker in just four minutes. It’s a perfect side dish for one of our favorite dishes, Greek Souvlaki. 

Souvlaki with Lemon Rice is a meal my family loves all year long, but especially when barbecue season comes around. I marinate cubed pork overnight in a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and marjoram. I skewer it and quickly grill it.

Souvlaki on skewers

When we have souvlaki, my family always expects to have lemon rice. And although the soulvaki cooks in minutes, the rice seemed to take forever to get tender on the stovetop. But now that I pressure cook the rice, it’s ready in minutes too.


If you’re not cooking rice in the pressure cooker, you’re missing out. It really is the easiest way to get perfect rice every time.

Making Lemon Rice in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this delicious Lemon Rice!

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Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Lemon Rice
Yield: 6 servings

Lemon Rice in the Pressure Cooker


  • 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 optional


Select Sauté and add butter to cooking pot. When hot, add the rice. Cook, stirring occasionally until rice becomes opaque, about 2 minutes.

Add broth, water, lemon juice, and salt. Cover and lock lid in place. Select High Pressure and set timer for 4 minutes.

When beep sounds turn pressure cooker off, wait 5 minutes and then use a Quick Pressure Release to release pressure. When valve drops carefully remove lid, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse. Fluff rice with a fork and serve immediately. Optional, garnish with chopped fresh parsley.

Other pressure cooker rice recipes you might like:

Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf
Quick and Easy Spanish Rice

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