Instant Pot Risotto is hands-down the best way to make risotto! It has the signature creamy, rich goodness you expect without all the stirring and fuss of making it on the stove. Plus there are 6 add-in options to make your risotto extra flavorful.
½cupfreshly grated Parmesan cheeseplus more for serving
Set Instant Pot to SAUTE and heat 1 Tablespoon oil. Add the shallot and cook, stirring, until it softens and becomes translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until aromatic, about 1 minute.
Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon oil and the rice. Cook, stirring, until the rice is lightly toasted, 3 to 8 minutes. Stir in the wine and salt and cook until the wine has evaporated, about 1 minute. Stir in the broth, then top with fresh thyme.
Place the lid on the pot and set the valve to SEAL. Cook on MANUAL high pressure for 6 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
Once the 6 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Stir in the cheese and butter and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
Top with additional cheese and additional fresh thyme, if desired.
Peas: Add ⅔ cup of fresh or frozen peas at the end.
Saffron: Add a pinch of saffron threads when you add the chicken broth.
Corn and Basil: Add 1 cup of frozen corn kernels and 3 tablespoons of fresh basil.
Mushrooms: Add 8 ounces of thinly sliced mushrooms after the garlic, then saute for a few minutes.
Red Wine: Swap the white wine for red wine.
Lemon and Herb: Stir in ½ cup of chopped tender herbs, such as basil, tarragon, chervil, or parsley. Then season to taste with fresh lemon juice and zest.
Tips for Making Risotto
I like to keep a bottle of dry vermouth on hand for cooking, as it makes a good substitute for white wine. Feel free to use it in this recipe.
Use fresh thyme and real Parmesan cheese for the best flavor.
If risotto is too thick, stir in a little more broth at the end to loosen it up and give it that perfect creaminess.