In 2016, I turned 40. I worried about it for a long time. Would I lose respect? Gain respect? Did my age have anything to do with anything? Was it even relevant? And what in the world does turning 40 have to do with Instant Pot Fried Rice?
Well, as it turns out, one of my biggest hurdles and life lessons has happened since ascending over the top of that hill. And that, namely, is that I am no longer making apologies for things that don’t need apologizing. I spent a good part of the first of 2017 apologizing for the fact that Paleo Cooking with your Instant Pot was sold out (to excited readers who anxiously awaited their deliveries). I apologized multiple times that some of the recipes didn’t work 100% of the time, for every person, in every kitchen, in every home. I carried the guilt that wasn’t mine for suggesting that people do things like purchase high quality storebought ketchup, the topic of several one star reviews on Amazon. In fact, I’ve spent all 3 years of my blog life apologizing to people for the most ridiculous things. But guess what? No more.
I am 100% completely unapologetic in making this Instant Pot Fried Rice for my family. They eat rice, they tolerate it, and are otherwise gluten and dairy free as a general rule. Maybe you eat rice in your family too, in which case you can try this recipe. Or maybe you don’t, in which case you can skim the other 300+ recipes I have on this blog and eat to your rice-free heart’s content.
Ultimately, I’m not a monster. Just a stay at home mom, trying to feed people anti-crap. I am no longer apologizing for potatoes or for storebought condiments when they are screened carefully for shady poop. I’m not saying sorry for recreating things like Legit Bread despite the fact that cave people didn’t eat bread. News flash, they didn’t eat what we so lovingly call carrots either, at least not in their sweet orange glory that they’ve become. There’s no such thing as a perfect diet. Not as a vegan, as a paleo, as a breatharian. It’s called, dothebestyoucanwithwhatyougot. And fyi, “Predominantly” Paleo was very carefully selected back in the day for a reason.
So here we have it. Instant Pot Fried Rice. It’s real good. It’s real easy. It’s got veggies and it’s fast. If you can’t do the ol’ rice, I get it, I can’t eat much of it either. But guess what? I’m not apologizing for it either. Enjoy y’all!Print
Instant Pot Fried Rice
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- 1 cup rice basmati or jasmine
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 1/2 sweet onion, finely diced
- 1/2 cup julienned carrots (matchstick)
- 1/2 cup green peas
- Coconut Aminos or Gluten Free Tamari to taste
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 eggs (cracked and whisked)
Pour water and uncooked rice into Instant Pot.
Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and press the “Rice” button (12 minutes high pressure).
Allow to cook then quick release the pressure valve and open the lid when safe to do so.
Shift the rice to one side, pour in the oil and add in the veggies. Add a bit of coconut aminos or tamari (remember you are adding these to taste since tamari is far more salty than coconut aminos). Now press the “Saute” button. You may need to press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button first.
Start shifting the rice and veggies quickly. They will want to stick to the Instant Pot (plan on soaking the bowl after this one).
Add in the sesame oil and garlic powder and stir the mixture again.
Now make a hollowed out center in the rice and pour in your eggs. Allow them to begin cooking just for a moment and then quickly incorporate them into the rice mixture. Add more coconut aminos or tamari as needed to taste.
Once the eggs are fully cooked, turn off the Instant Pot and remove the stainless steel bowl to prevent excess sticking. Serve warm and soak that bowl.
Melissa B. says
“Trying to feed people anti-crap” OMGoodness, I’m rolling on the floor! How often I tell my son or husband that such-ansdsuch is just crap. Now I’m going to tell them I’m feeding them anti-crap! Love it, and much thanks!
Ha,ha,ha! Love it! I’ll have to start telling my husband that, too!
Love everything about this blog post 🙂 I’m amazed by what people complain about :rolls eyes:. I mean, come on. You do you!
Jennifer Frisbie says
I’m cheering you on right now!! (And excited to try this non-crap recipe with my husband and little people who LOVE fried rice.) 🙂
Barefoot girl says
We love fried rice! I add bean sprouts and (only sometimes) use cauliflower rice. Good for you for deciding to ignore the jerks! They just don’t matter…and I love your cookbook;)
Thanks so much! Yum!
How would I add chicken…I’m new to the instapot
I haven’t made it with chicken, it’s possible you could cut it up and include it when you steam the rice though!
7553 Debbie Lane
Yay, Jennifer! You go, girl – no more guilt! I have also read the complaints ?; you just can’t please all the people. I am so making the fried rice tonight. LOVE Legit Bread, by the way, and so does my non-Paleo husband. 😀
Pam Sweeney says
I just bought my IP and found your book that day. It seems perfect for me to learn how to use my IP. I was getting ready to try the baked sweet potato but I only have one. There’s only one of me. I was wondering do I just do the one and see what happens or should I wait until I can buy 2 more? I’m also assuming I just follow recipes as printed and have left overs, looks like most will reheat. BTW I love your new 40 attitude, life’s too short to worry about silly people.
Mwah! Thanks lady. You can reduce the quantities and 1 sweet potato should not be an issue, times should be the same!
Can I cook this in a crock pot if I don’t have an instant pot?
Am I able to use the Minute instant brown rice? Instead of the other listed?
I haven’t tried it honestly, I’m not sure if it cooks more quickly than Basmati? Let me know if you find out any info there!
Hi! Can you double the recipe cooking it all at the same time?
You should be able to!
I can’t wait to try this, I just got my instapot and I am searching recipes today. Can you add frozen peas and carrots?
Chelsey Rodts says
Huge hit with the family! So tasty!!
Did exact measurements and instructions for rice, but rice was very undercooked and liquid still left ?♀️
What kind of rice did you use? Some require more water/longer cooking time.