Instant Pot Broccoli Risotto

A bowl of risotto.

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Instant Pot broccoli risotto is a satisfying vegetarian main dish or can be served as a side dish with chicken, salmon or steak. This broccoli risotto is incredibly easy to make. The finely chopped broccoli blends in completely, giving the risotto a smooth, creamy texture. 

Total Instant Pot Cooking Time: 15 minutes to reach pressure + 6 minutes to cook + instant release


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  • 1/2 of a red onion
  • 8 to 10 ounces small broccoli florets
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 1/4 cups arborio rice (16 ounces)
  • 4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 cups grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cut the half piece of onion into quarters. Pulse the onion in the food processor until finely chopped. 
  2. Pour a generous drizzle of olive oil into the Instant Pot. Turn on the saute function and add the onion. Saute for several minutes, until soft. 
  3. While the onion is cooking, put the broccoli florets and garlic cloves in the food processor. Pulse until no whole florets remain and the broccoli is finely chopped. 
  4. Turn off the saute function on the Instant Pot. 
  5. Add the chopped broccoli and garlic, arborio rice, broth and salt. Mix well. 
  6. Secure the lid and cook for 6 minutes, instant release. 
  7. Stir in parmesan. If you’d like the flavor and texture to be richer, add a tablespoon of salted butter. 


Don't skimp on the cheese, the more the better!

For convenience, buy a bag of pre-cut broccoli florets at the grocery store. 

To give the risotto a looser, creamier texture stir in additional broth after the risotto has cooked. 

Try adding goat cheese in addition to the grated parmesan for a creamier, tangier risotto. 

Add fresh herbs, like basil or parsley, when the dish is finished.

Storage: The risotto will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It can be warmed in the microwave before eating. 

This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot. 

If you want to make regular risotto (with no broccoli) just leave out the broccoli and then use the same ingredients and instructions.