Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice

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Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice. How to cook delicious vegetable loaded Chinese fried rice in the instant pot. Featuring brown rice, carrots, and peas along with Chinese seasonings, this is your better than takeout vegetarian fried rice to make at home in your instant pot pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice pressure cooker
Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice pressure cooker

Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice

Just like most people I love Chinese food. I was lucky enough to have a Chinese takeaway the street behind where I lived when I was growing up.

It is still there now!

When I first went when I was 10 I would get excited over prawn crackers and sweet and sour sauce.

But as I got older my taste changed to chow mein and egg fried rice dishes. I could fill myself up on these and wished I could eat them every day.

But sadly, they always made me bloated the day after and I am sure I just had to look at egg fried rice on a Chinese takeaway menu and I had gained 10 pounds.

When I got the chance to try out instant pot brown rice and was so pleased that it didn’t make me feel bloated, I was determined to make my old favourite Chinese fried rice in the instant pot using brown rice.

Today, is the result of a long time testing brown rice in the instant pot and transforming the brown rice into one of many favourite rice dishes.

If you love Chinese food but want a low calorie or a low cost way of eating it, then this instant pot Chinese fried rice is dedicated to you.

Instant Pot Vegetarian Chinese Fried Rice

My dad used to make jokes about my mum when she had a favourite hairdresser. That what the hairdresser looked like, my mum looked like.

The 80’s perm was when he started those jokes and it went on for many years, thankfully she never had a male hairdresser!

The same can apply when you follow a food blogger. The foods the food blogger likes can have an influence on you and what you eat, especially if they interest you in food that you wouldn’t normally try or haven’t thought of.

Do note that I am going through a vegetarian/vegan obsession right now, so I will try not to turn you vegetarian.

The favourite food on my dinner plate is the vegetables, then the grains and then back to more vegetables. I eat meat, but its not my favourite food and I could live without it.

Says the woman with 4 turkeys in her freezer, 1 ham and more packs of frozen sausages than I care to admit to.

But I also have a lot of vegan and vegetarian ready meals and find that I love vegetarian cooking.

While most people think instant pot Chinese fried rice and add chicken, pork or shrimp, I am keeping it vegetarian today and focusing on the rice being the star of the dinner plate.

Why Instant Pot Brown Fried Rice?

For many people one of the hardest foods to learn how to cook in the instant pot is rice.

I see more troubleshooting questions about instant pot rice than I see about any other food in the instant pot.

I find that when you cook white rice in the instant pot it can end up sticky and stodgy and not very appealing.

But cook instant pot brown rice and you will be amazed by the results and how much easier it is.

How To Make Chinese Fried Rice In Instant Pot?

Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice step by step

Cooking instant pot Chinese fried rice is EASY and after a quick sauté, ingredients are dumped into the instant pot, you return later to perfectly cooked fluffy Chinese fried rice.

Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice Instructions:

  1. Sauté onion, ginger and garlic in the instant pot.
  2. Dump in the other ingredients.
  3. Mix and place the lid on the instant pot.
  4. Cook, fluff up the Chinese rice and serve.

Yes. It is that SIMPLE. No fussing about with cooking rice first before you can add it to your stir fry. Everything is done together and it is also rather low in calories too.

Stir Fry In Instant Pot

Cooking instant pot fried rice is like making a stir fry in the instant pot. The flavours are there, the texture is there, the taste is there, but it’s a lot more hands free way of doing a stir fry.

You don’t have to keep stirring it or waiting to see if it is done. Instead you follow our cooking times formula for Chinese fried rice, and it is perfect every single time.

Healthy Chinese Style Instant Pot Brown Fried Rice

When you make a Chinese style instant pot brown fried rice, you can choose how healthy or unhealthy you have it.

My readers asked me to show them how to make instant pot brown fried rice using packet sauce mix.

Such as these Blue Dragon sauce mixes. BUT the Chinese sauce mixes are the only unhealthy ingredient in this recipe.

Therefore, if you want to make it healthier, use your own healthy Chinese sauce or make your own.

I love to mix Chinese 5 Spice, honey, garlic, ginger and soy sauce together. It is what we use on our slow cooker Chinese spare ribs and what we use in a lot of our Chinese recipes.

Or you might have your own mix that you have used for many, many years.

Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice
Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice
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Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice

Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice. How to cook delicious vegetable loaded Chinese fried rice in the instant pot. Featuring brown rice, carrots, and peas along with Chinese seasonings, this is your better than takeout vegetarian fried rice to make at home in your instant pot pressure cooker.
Cook Time21 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 251kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Instant Pot Fried Rice Recipe Ingredients:


  • Peel and thinly dice your onion and load it into the instant pot pressure cooker. Click sauté and add a little extra virgin olive oil. As it heats up peel and grate your ginger and garlic. Sauté your onion for 2-3 minutes or until the onion starts to change colour. Cancel sauté. Add in ginger and garlic and stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Rinse and pour in your brown rice.
  • Add in your stock.
  • Peel and dice your carrot into small bite size pieces.
  • Add in everything else, stir and place the lid on the instant pot.
  • Set the valve to sealing and the cook time to 18 minutes on manual pressure cook.
  • After 18 minutes cook time allow for 5 minutes natural pressure release and then remove any excess pressure.
  • Fluff up the fried rice with a fork and serve.


You can use any garlic and ginger. Grated works well but an easier option is lazy garlic and lazy ginger.
I recommend this brand for healthy bone broth and soup based stocks to use in the instant pot. They are much healthier, but best of all they make your food taste so much better and give a much better pressure cooker flavour.
You can mix and match with your favourite Chinese sauces. I am a big fan of Blue Dragon such as this one, but you can use any. Or make your own and make your instant pot Chinese fried rice even healthier.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5529IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg
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5 thoughts on “Instant Pot Chinese Fried Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    Every time i have tried brown rice in the instant pot it has gone wrong. But this has yet to fail and is easy to adapt to favourite sauces.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks Samantha. You always inspire me with your delicious original instant pot recipes. Going to try this tonight too.


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