Pressure Cooker Lemon-Pepper Rice
- 2½ cups water
- 2 cups white Basmati rice, rinsed until water runs clear
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Stir water, rinsed rice, butter, and lemon zest together in your pressure cooker.
- Lock pressure cooker lid in place and set steam vent to Sealing.
- Select Pressure Cook (Manual) and cook for 3 minutes on Low pressure.
- Once the cooking cycle has completed, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then set steam vent to Venting to quick-release remaining pressure.
- Sprinkle lemon juice, salt, and pepper over the rice and gently fluff with a fork.
Basmati is a flavorful long-grain rice, traditionally from the Indian subcontinent. This aromatic rice means "fragrant" in Hindi. It is often eaten in pilafs and biryanis or as an accompaniment to curries.
What others are saying
Randall Hauk says:
Maybe not for the rice purists, but when you get over that, adding some flavor to rice really feels like upping your game. I pair this with grilled chicken with a citrus-y marinade. They work terrifically together. Haven't had leftovers yet to try in a stir-fry the next day, but I bet it'd also make a great addition to that Greek lemon-rice soup thing!
Tim Smith says:
Tried this out yesterday. Makes some great fluffy rice. I skipped the lemon and the pepper and paired it with a stew.
Laura Griffin says:
This lemon-pepper rice was amazing! A little spicy and a little zesty. It makes an amazing side dish and is so flavorful, it would be great for holidays or other special occasions too. I served it up as a side to my fish tacos and loved it.
Greg Jones says:
I really enjoyed this recipe and it paired great with my salmon filet. This is a good example of how jazzing up simple rice can make a huge difference. Very good.
Melissa P says:
I use this recipe all the time as a base to make plain white rice in my pressure cooker. Works every time!
Aaron Catledge says:
Outstanding and so easy!
M Teague says:
Came out great. Might add a bit more zest next time.
Sharon Harbaugh says:
I had quit cooking rice as I couldn’t get it right. I took off the Mealthy top and my husband said...oh that looks like good rice. It was soft, fluffy and PERFECTLY cooked!! With just two of us I cut rice to one cup and water to one and a quarter cup. Timing stayed the same. Soooooo happy!!!!
Bob Ronan says:
Absolutely fantastic as written! Never tried this version of basmati, but it’s my new favorite! Paired with butter chicken, prepare for food coma.
Erika Crabb says:
I like the it was very quick and easy to clean up. I would add a bit less water. Rice was a bit sticky
Rose-Ellen Provencher Padavano says:
This recipe is perfect! You can season it with anything you want. I made mine seasoned with chili lime seasoning. The only thing I suggest it to use some veg oil as it would give it a nicer taste.