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Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Parmesan Risotto

Instant Pot Risotto is the BEST method for making risotto. The instant pot makes creamy, cheesy, perfectly cooked risotto every single time, and this Creamy Garlic Parmesan Risotto is no exception!

Risotto is one of those dishes that I had never tried cooking before because I thought it was difficult and complicated, I’ve watched enough cooking challenges to see that Risotto is a dish that sends A LOT of contestants home.

Risotto takes time, attention to detail and patience, and well, I don’t have time to for risotto on busy nights. Really on any nights.

Then I came across Carmy’s Instant Pot Lemon Pea Risotto… It was so easy!!!

Risotto in the Instant Pot

As with any Instant Pot recipe, I learned through Carmy’s recipe that Instant Pot Risotto is possible (and easy!) on the busiest of nights and tastes just as good as traditional risotto. I also learned that my kids LOVE risotto.

With the Instant pot, the process to perfect risotto is not only easy, risotto is prepared in under 30 minutes!!

And Instant Pot Risotto is PERFECT. It is creamy, cheesy, and full of flavor from the fresh thyme and dry wine. Risotto is perfect for a quick side dish, light meal and makes a great gluten-free recipe to entertain with.

Photo showing close up of plate with Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Parmesan Risotto on a white background with a light grey napkin

What You’ll Need to Make Garlic Parmesan Risotto in the Instant Pot

The ingredients are simple, this risotto recipe focuses on garlic and parmesan cheese as its flavouring, but you can very easily change it up.

  • Butter
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • White Wine
  • Arborio Rice
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

How to make Risotto in the Instant Pot

There’s three steps to making the perfect risotto in the Instant Pot:

  1. Saute – the first step is to use the saute function to soften your shallots in butter, this can be done right in your instant pot, there’s no need to dirty any other pots or pans!
  2. Simmer – the next step is to simmer your arborio rice in white wine, with the softened shallots and garlic.
  3. Pressure Cook – next you add in your vegetable broth and thyme, seal your instant pot and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes, then allow the pot to natural release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.

And voila! Just like that you have a creamy risotto made in the Instant Pot, and your family will think you’re a magician in the kitchen!


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What to serve with Instant Pot Risotto

When I make this parmesan risotto for dinner I normally make buttery garlic asparagus and Oven Baked Chicken. We love Parmesan cheese, I won’t deny that! But there are so many different recipes that go perfectly with this garlic parmesan risotto recipe.

Close up of garlic parmesan baked chicken breast with a side of risotto on a white plate on a grey napkin.

More Easy Instant Pot Recipes to Enjoy:

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Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Parmesan Risotto

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Parmesan Risotto is a creamy and flavourful side dish made with arborio rice, parmesan cheese, and garlic! It is so simple to prepare yet turns out like a gourmet dish!


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots diced finely
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1.5 cups arborio rice
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 1 pinch salt/pepper
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. On sauté mode, melt your butter in the Instant Pot .
  2. Once your butter is melted, stir in the shallots and garlic. Cook them for around 1-2 minutes, until they’ve soften.
  3. Add in white wine, give it a stir, then add in the arborio rice. Stir the mixture for two minutes to allow the wine to cook.
  4. Add in the broth, thyme, salt and pepper. Put the lid on the Instant Pot, ensure the sealing valve is set to close. Set instant pot to cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  5. When instant pot is finished cooking, let the pot natural release for 10 minutes afterwards before quick releasing.
  6. After carefully opening the lid, stir in your parmesan. Top with parsley if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 845mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g

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Thursday 16th of September 2021

This is my 5th time making this. It’s SO good and so easy! One of my staple recipes. Thank you!


Thursday 4th of February 2021

Just made this and WOWZA! Is that a word?! Followed recipe but with veg stock and came out so perfectly yummy! Will be making this again. So easy!

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Thursday 4th of February 2021

So happy to hear, I’m glad you liked it!

Tammy Lehman

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

I made risotto for years stirring the rice for 25 minutes. With this recipe you sauté the shallots and garlic in the Instant Pot, add the wine and simmer a couple minutes and dump everything else in. I used 3 cups of water with the appropriate chicken b. Cubes and followed the rest of the directions exactly. The risotto turned out perfectly and my family loved it. We will be eating risotto a lot more often!

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Tuesday 26th of January 2021

So happy to hear, I'm glad you liked it!


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Can this recipe be doubled and still fit the standard 6qt pot? Would you change anything (like cooking time)?


Monday 25th of January 2021

@Janice - Salads for Lunch, It came out perfectly! I doubled all ingredients and it still easily fit in my 6qt pot. Took longer to come to pressure, but otherwise I kept the recipe times exactly the same. It was a HUGE hit with my family. Delicious. Making it again this week. Thank you!

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Sunday 24th of January 2021

Yes, I believe it can be doubled. It will take a little bit longer to reach pressure, and while the pot comes to pressure, the rice is starting to be cooked, so I wouldn't adjust anything. Let me know how it turns out!


Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Came out perfect

Janice - Salads for Lunch

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Great to hear, I'm so glad you liked it!

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