Pressure Cooker Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf

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Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf

Rice pilaf dressed up with sliced almonds and a pinch of saffron. This pressure cooker version cooks in the pressure cooker in only 3 minutes. 

We had baked potatoes for a party on Saturday night and then left over baked potatoes for Sunday dinner. So we were tired of potatoes but wanted something special to eat with our Honey Baked Smoked Turkey Breast for Christmas Eve. Rice pilaf came to mind.

Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf made in an electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot)

Making Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf 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 Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf!

I Googled pressure cooker rice pilaf recipes and stumbled on a rice pilaf recipe developed for the Cuisinart pressure cooker. I knew that I wanted my pilaf to include sliced almonds. Another search lead me to a Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf recipe on Epicurious. I had a tiny jar of saffron in my cupboard that I was given but hadn’t used yet, so I decided to combine the two recipes.

Everyone loved this pilaf. My daughter even claimed the leftovers as hers for lunch the next day. Not only was it super delicious, it was super quick to put together. I’m sure this will be making a regular appearance at our house.

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf

Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf


  • 1 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 cups long grain white rice, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted


Heat broth and water in a small saucepan over moderate heat until hot, then crumble saffron into liquid and stir. Remove from heat.

Place the butter in the cooking pot. Select Sauté when the butter is melted and sizzling, add the chopped onions and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Stir in rice and cook, stirring frequently, until rice becomes opaque, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add saffron broth and salt. Cover and lock lid in place. Select High Pressure and set timer for 3 minutes. When beep sounds 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, stir in almonds, and serve immediately.

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