Instant Pot Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice – easy and delicious pineapple fried rice made in the instant pot! Makes for a quick dinner and leftovers are great for lunch!
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See I told you guys, I love Asian food and fried rice is right up there in my list of favorite things. But I mostly do not like the fried rice that we get at restaurants and the reason is that it has egg in it and I am not a fan of egg in my rice. Actually I am not a huge egg fan in any way but in my rice? No way would I eat that. So I do the next best thing – make it at home. I love the pineapple fried rice and I have shared that recipe with you guys long back. Now I am sharing the Instant Pot version of it. Because you guys love the instant pot recipes, I hope you would love this instant pot vegan pineapple fried rice too!
The most important thing to make a good fried rice is to get the texture of the rice right. And here’s who you need to do to achieve that.
✓ Rinse the jasmine rice in cold water till the water becomes clear. So when you rinse the rice, the water will be cloudy/milky at first. Keep rinsing till the water gets clear, this may take 60-90 seconds. After the water is clear, you then drain the rice completely and set it aside. This step is extremely important to remove the excess starch. If you skip this step, your rice will be very sticky.
And now the best part of this fried rice – the instant pot! I have literally stopped using my pressure cooker and other pans these days. I am cooking all the time in my IP, I just find it so convenient. If you guys have not got an Instant pot yet, I highly recommend jumping on the bandwagon. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.
This Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice
✓ is super easy to make
✓ gets done in less than 30 minutes.
✓ cooked entirely in the instant pot so less dishes to clean!
✓ pairs perfectly with all your favorite Asian takeouts.
To make this instant pot vegan pineapple fried rice, I first cooked the rice. Once that was done, I took it out in a bowl and sauteed rest of the ingredients in the pot and then added the cooked rice back in. You may also push the rice to a side if you don’t wish to take it out. When you take the rice out of the pot, some of it will stick to the pot. That is completely okay, you don’t have to worry about it. As you can see in the video, it all comes together rather nicely in the end!
I cooked the rice on manual mode for this recipe (because I usually prefer cooking on manual for just about everything) but you may also use the rice button on the IP. If you are using the rice button, you might want to use a rice to water ratio of 1:1.25. If you have an IP and are looking for an easy dinner recipe, give this pineapple fried rice a try. The leftover makes for great lunch too.
PS: Recipe adapted from my recipe of Pineapple Fried Rice.
PPS: I am leaving for Alaska for a short trip today. Let me know if you guys have any recommendation for restaurants/places that I must see!
Rinse rice with cold water till the water is no longer cloudy and turns clear. This might take 60-90 seconds and is an extremely important step in order to get the perfect texture of rice. Drain the rice completely and then transfer it to the pot. Add water and stir.
Close the lid of the IP, set valve to sealing. Press manual button, and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.
Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then release the remaining pressure by moving the valve from sealing to venting position. Open the lid and fluff the rice using a fork. Transfer rice to a bowl and set aside.
Now press the saute button.
Add oil to the pot (there’s no need to clean it).
Once oil is hot, add garlic and ginger and saute for few seconds.
Add in chopped onion and spring onion whites. Saute for a minute.
Then add carrot, green peas and pepper. Saute for another minute.
Stir in the pineapple chunks and cook for 1 more minute.
Push all the veggies to the side and add the soy sauce.
Put the cooked rice back in the pot again. You may press “cancel/keep warm” button at this point. Stir till everything is well combined and all the rice is coated with the sauce.
Add white pepper powder, salt and mix to combine.
Garnish with spring onion greens and enjoy the pineapple fried rice!
* Actual cooking time is less than 20 minutes. This time includes the time the Instant Pot takes to come to pressure and also the time taken to release the pressure.
* To make this recipe gluten-free, use a gluten-free soy sauce.
* I have used canned pineapple chunks here, you may use fresh pineapple but that would need to be cooked a bit more.
* Want to add an egg? Add in once you have sauteed the veggies. Push veggies to the side, add the egg and let it cook. Once the eggs is cooked, mixed it with the veggies and then add the rice.
* Want to spice things up? Add 1-2 teaspoons of sriracha!
Recommended for this recipe: Instant Pot Duo
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Instant Pot Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice
- 1.5 cups jasmine rice [312 grams]
- 1.5 cups water
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 3-4 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
- 1 small onion chopped
- 3 stalks spring onion chopped, white and green parts separated
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup mix of carrots & peas [ I used frozen carrot & peas and put them in warm water for 5 minutes before using in the recipe]
- 1.25 cups pineapple chunks I used canned pineapple chunks
- 2.5 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder or to taste
- salt to taste
- Rinse rice with cold water till the water is no longer cloudy and turns clear. This might take 60-90 seconds and is an extremely important step in order to get the perfect texture of rice.
- Drain the rice completely and then transfer it to the pot. Add water and stir.
- Close the lid of the IP, set valve to sealing.
- Press manual, and then use the (+/-) button to decrease the time to 3 minutes. The Instant Pot will turn "ON" and come to pressure before it counts down the 3 minutes.
- After the 3 minutes are up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then release the remaining pressure by moving the valve from sealing to venting position using a spatula.
- Open the lid and fluff the rice using a fork. Transfer rice to a bowl and set aside.
- Now press the saute button.
- Add oil to the pot (there's no need to clean it).
- Once oil is hot, add garlic and ginger and saute for few seconds.
- Add in chopped onion and spring onion whites. Saute for a minute.
- Then add carrot, green peas and pepper. Saute for another minute.
- Stir in the pineapple chunks and cook for 1 more minute.
- Push all the veggies to the side and add the soy sauce.
- Put the cooked rice back in the pot again. You may press "cancel/keep warm" button at this point.
- Stir till everything is well combined and all the rice is coated with the sauce.
- Add white pepper powder, salt and mix to combine.
- Garnish with spring onion greens and enjoy the pineapple fried rice!
Instant Pot Pineapple Fried Rice
25 thoughts on “Instant Pot Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice + Video”
I think I’m using the instant pot wrong or something. The float valve is taking forever to go down, making the rice alone take more than 30 minutes 🙁
but for this recipe, you need to quick pressure release after 10 mins. Why are u waiting for the valve to go down? After 10 mins, you have to manually move the valve from sealing to venting position to release the pressure.
Love love love this recipe!!! Simple common ingredients(except I subbed the soy suace with amino acids). I have saved this recipe and will continue to search your site for more recipes. Thanks:)
Welcome Chris! 🙂 Hope you find more recipe inspirations here!
Can I use light brown rice instead ? If so would the water measurements be the same ?
Hi Lindsey, you may use brown rice but the water measurements and cook time will be totally different. For 1 cup brown rice,I would use 1.25 cups water and cook for 22 minutes.
It says it only serves 2 – is that correct?
yes it serves 2!
Brown rice is ok to use in this recipe?
No Neela, brown rice takes much more time to cook so it won’t work in the recipe. You will have to change the timings then, I am not sure about it.
This makes the Instant Pot not look quite so intimidating!
I love pineapple fried rice and your look fantastic, Manali. Love the fact this is cooked entirely in the instant pot. I am sure it tastes delish.
I love pineapple fried rice and I love how hands off this recipe is, but still with so much flavor 🙂
That’s it. I clearly need to get an instant pot. You keep posting the most amazing (and fast!) instant pot recipes, Manali. This sounds delicious! Have fun in Alaska. I haven’t been there (yet), so I don’t have any recommendations…but I’ll look forward to hearing about your trip!
Thanks David! and yes you need to buy an IP, it’s just amazing!
Have never thought of using IP to make stirfried rice and I love how it turned out…so delicious!
Thanks Angie, easy and perfect!