Instant Pot Fried Rice

Fried rice in speckled bowl.

Instant Pot Fried Rice comes together quickly & easily with ingredients you probably already have on hand! Skip the takeout and make your own (tastier) fried rice at home.

This Bacon & Shallot Fried Rice comes together easily with ingredients you probably already have on hand, and in only 15 minutes! Skip the takeout and make your own (tastier) version at home | platingsandpairings.com

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I live for Instant Pot recipes. I love the convenience of the Instant Pot! While it may not cook some recipes faster than the original recipe, it does make things really hands off.

This recipe for Instant Pot Fried Rice is one of those recipes that I’ve adapted from the original version to make in the Instant Pot. And while my original Bacon Fried Rice recipe cooks in just 15-minutes, you do need to start with pre-cooked and cooled white rice (which I also make in the Instant Pot). This Instant Pot Fried Rice takes about 40 minutes from start to finish, but that takes into account the time for the pressure to build and release in the Instant Pot, plus you don’t need pre-cooked rice for this recipe.

In reality, the hands on time it takes to make this Instant Pot Fried Rice is only about 15 minutes, the same as with the standard recipe.

All being said, I still prefer to make fried rice on the stovetop using cooked and cooled rice that I’ve made in my Instant Pot. But, this recipe is great for those times when a stove might not be available – say in a dorm room or in a camper.

Side view of fried rice in bowl.

How Do You Make Fried Rice in the Instant Pot?

It’s super simple to make fried rice in the Instant Pot. You don’t even need pre-cooked white rice when making this version!

We’ll start by frying up some diced bacon. Then, remove the bacon from the Instant Pot using a slotted spoon. Leave about a tablespoon of the bacon fat in there. Next we’ll scramble the eggs in the Instant Pot, flavoring them with the bacon fat.

Then goes in the rice and some water along with soy sauce and oyster sauce. Seal the Instant Pot and let it cook for 6 minutes. Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for about 5 minutes, then remove the lid and stir in your cooked eggs and bacon along with the frozen peas and green onions. The heat of the rice will thaw those peas in just a couple minutes. They’ll stay tender and firm, and won’t be overcooked this way.

Tips for Making Instant Pot Fried Rice

Use what you have on hand! Don’t have shallots? Use onions and garlic. No bacon? Leave it out, and just add a bit of butter to the Instant Pot before cooking the eggs. Have some carrots in the fridge? Throw those in there too. The best part is that this fried rice is totally customizable and adaptable.

Can You Freeze Fried Rice?

You can definitely freeze fried rice. It will keep in the freezer for up to three months. I like to package it into individual Ziploc sandwich bags and freeze it laying flat.

To cook frozen fried rice, thaw it overnight in the fridge. Then, heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a medium skillet or in your Instant Pot using the “saute” setting. Add fried rice and cook until warmed through, about 5-7 minutes.

Fried rice in ziploc bags.

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Fried rice in speckled bowl.

Instant Pot Fried Rice

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: bacon fried rice, fried rice, instant pot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Time for Pressure to Build & Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 218 kcal

Instant Pot Fried Rice comes together quickly & easily with ingredients you probably already have on hand! Skip the takeout and make your own (tastier) fried rice at home.

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Ingredients

  • 3 strips bacon cut into ½” pieces
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup minced shallot
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat Instant Pot on SAUTE mode. Once hot, add bacon and cook until crisp, about 8-10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the Instant Pot.
  2. Add eggs and scramble for 2-3 minutes. Set aside with bacon.
  3. Add butter, shallot and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until the shallot has softened, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  4. Add rice, water, soy sauce, and oyster sauce to Instant Pot and lock lid on top.
  5. Cook on MANUAL high pressure 6 minutes. It will take 10 minutes for pressure to build then a countdown timer will begin. Once the time is up, let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Remove lid and fluff rice, then stir in cooked bacon, peas, scrambled eggs and green onions, Season fried rice with salt, pepper, and additional soy sauce to taste. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 438mg 18%
Potassium 153mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 6.4%
Vitamin C 9.7%
Calcium 3%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Fried Rice: 

  • Try a Prosecco or Gewurztraminer with this dish. Eggs can often be tricky to pair with wine, but these light, fruity varieties actually help to bring out all the salty, smoky flavors in this dish.

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4 comments

  1. Melissa Manos


    This looks so tasty! I love a good fried rice. And bacon is a great addition. Thanks!

    Reply

  2. jennie lamancuso


    This is a wonderful dish, so much easier than take-out and I have everything on hand.
    Thank you so much, Erin.

    Reply

  3. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life


    We LOVE making fried rice regularly in our house, but I’ve never made it in our Instant Pot. This looks like a winning recipe, Erin!

    Reply

  4. Dianne

    Is there a substitute for the oyster sauce?

    Reply

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