Instant Pot Superfood Fried Rice–a nutritious fried brown rice (or quinoa) with vegetables and scrambled eggs that you can make in your pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Superfood Fried Rice
The boys in my family are on a major health kick lately. They’ve been without sugar for weeks and naturally are adding more vegetables and other healthy foods into their diets. I am super proud of them! I am trying to support them by making sure we are stocked up on healthy foods and creating healthy but tasty dinners.
This healthy fried rice recipe is a great way to incorporate more vegetables and whole grains into your diet. By using brown rice (or quinoa) instead of white rice, you’ll get more fiber and nutrients, and by adding plenty of vegetables, you’ll get an extra dose of vitamins and antioxidants.
This is a great dinner to make extra of so that you can enjoy the leftovers for lunches the next few days. If you’d like to make it a little more hearty you can add in chunks of chicken or some cubed ham.
- Brown rice or quinoa–or farro or cauliflower rice
- Water–or broth
- Mushrooms–I used white button mushrooms but you can also use baby bella or cremini
- Broccoli–or cauliflower
- Onion–or shallots
- Sesame oil
- Garlic cloves
- Soy sauce–I used low sodium soy sauce. You can also use tamari.
- Garlic powder
- Green onions–optional topping
What are superfoods?
Superfoods are a group of nutrient-dense foods that are believed to have exceptional health benefits. These foods are usually plant-based and are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. This recipe has quinoa (or brown rice), mushrooms and broccoli which are all considered superfoods! The cool thing about fried rice is that you can take out and add in different ingredients and have great results. Try subbing in other superfoods like chopped kale, spinach, cauliflower, bell peppers, brussels sprouts, etc.
The Basic Steps
- Cook the rice/quinoa in the Instant Pot and let it chill in the fridge. Cooled rice works better than hot fresh rice because hot cooked rice can be too moist and sticky, making it difficult to achieve that classic fried rice texture. Leftover, day old rice works great for this recipe!
- Prep the vegetables while rice is cooling.
- Stir fry the vegetables in sesame oil using the saute more setting on your Instant Pot.
- Cook the scrambled eggs.
- Toss in the chilled rice.
- Season with soy sauce and garlic powder.
- Serve and enjoy! Top with diced green onions, if desired.
- You can also use 3 cups of leftover rice or quinoa. If you do this go straight to step 3.
- If you’d like you can make this recipe with cauliflower rice instead of cooked rice/quinoa. Use 3 cups of thawed cauliflower rice. Start on step 3.
- Feel free to swap in and out vegetables. Some idea of substitutions are chopped kale or spinach, diced bell peppers, peas, shaved brussels sprouts, etc. You can also use bagged frozen vegetables for convenience.
- If you’d like you can add in cubes of ham, chopped and cooked chicken or another source of protein.
- This recipe can be gluten free if you use gluten free soy sauce.
- This recipe is dairy free.
- You can serve this as a main dish or side dish. We added in some chopped rotisserie chicken with ours to make it a little more hearty.
- I used my 6 quart Instant Pot*. You can also make this in a 3 or 8 quart pot.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container* in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
More Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipes…
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A fast and easy way to make fried rice. My version has a pound of browned ground beef.
Instant Pot Fried Rice
Easy recipe for fried rice made quickly in your Instant Pot. Just like what you’d order at Panda Express!
Instant Pot Emergency Fried Rice
When you don’t have the time to make fried rice in a wok try this dump everything into the Instant Pot and walk away version! It super simple and makes a great side dish (or main dish).
Did you know you can filter the recipes on my website to search by meat type, IP or Crockpot, low carb, gluten free, etc.? Use the filter to find exactly what you are looking for.
Instant Pot Superfood Fried Rice
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
A nutritious fried brown rice (or quinoa) with vegetables and scrambled eggs that you can make in your pressure cooker.
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice (or rinsed quinoa)
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced or chopped
- 3 cups small broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 cup peeled and sliced carrots
- 2 Tbsp (6 teaspoons) sesame oil, divided
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Green onions, diced (optional)
- Add water and rice (or quinoa) into Instant Pot. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 22 minutes for brown rice or 1 minute for quinoa. When time is up let pot sit for 10 minutes and then move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Dump the rice/quinoa onto a sheet pan and spread out so it can cool more quickly. Place the pan in the fridge or freezer. Wash out the Instant Pot liner and place it back into the pot.
- Prep the other ingredients while rice is cooling: wash and slice the mushrooms, cut the broccoli into florets, diced the onions, peel and slice the carrots, mince the garlic.
- Turn Instant Pot to saute (“more”) setting. When display says HOT add in 4 teaspoons of the sesame oil. Add in the mushrooms, broccoli, onions and carrots. Lightly salt and pepper the vegetables. Use a wooden spoon to stir-fry the vegetables for about 5 minutes.
- Move all the veggies to the side. Add in 1 teaspoon of oil and add in the minced garlic. Then crack the eggs into the oil. Scramble the eggs and cook until desired doneness.
- Add in the last teaspoon of oil and the chilled rice and stir fry for 2 more minutes (or until warmed through).
- Drizzle in soy sauce and sprinkle with garlic powder. Continue to cook another 2-3 minutes until sauce has coated all the rice and veggies. Turn off Instant Pot.
- Serve topped with green onions, if desired.
You can also use 3 cups of leftover rice or quinoa. If you do this go straight to step 3.
If you’d like you can add in cubes of ham, chopped and cooked chicken or another source of protein.
- Method: Instant Pot
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Kristy Cottini says
THANK YOU for posting a Super Food recipe! I’m always looking for more HEALTHY recipes for my instant pot. This one’s a keeper 🙂
Hope we see more of these!
You’re welcome Kristy!