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This Instant Pot Rice recipe is a healthier, juicier and flavor packed rice pilaf called plov. It all comes together in 1 pot (the instant pot!) and you won’t believe how quick and easy this is.

Traditionally, beef plov is made with white rice, but we used a brown rice which was perfect for the instant pot because it doesn’t get mushy while the beef becomes melt-in-your mouth tender. Brown rice is also way healthier and your hungry people may not even realize it is brown rice. It works so well in this recipe!

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My husband gave me this Instant Pot for Christmas and I am already completely smitten with it! If you own an instant pot, chances are you are obsessed with it also. Let me know about your favorite instant pot recipes in a comment below. I’m so excited to put this amazing little pot to work!

Making beef plov in an instant pot is so quick and easy and using brown rice is genius. This Instant Pot Rice recipe is a healthier, juicier and flavor packed version of beef plov.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Rice Beef Plov:

2 1/2 cups short grain brown rice (500 grams), rinsed and drained*
1 lb beef chuck or beef stew meat, cut into 3/4″ pieces
4 Tbsp olive oil
4 Tbsp butter
1 large onion, diced
3 large carrots, thickly julienned
3 cups (720 ml) very warm water
1 Tbsp salt (we used fine sea salt)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground paprika
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 whole head garlic, unpeeled, cut in half crosswise.
1 Tbsp freshly chopped parsley to garnish – optional

*TIPS FOR SUCCESS: We used organic short grain brown rice (I buy the “Lundberg” brand bag sold in Costco). DO NOT USE quick cooking rice, parboiled or white rice – these would all need modifications in timing and water. Use a standard measuring cup or a kitchen scale to measure the rice (not the measuring cup that comes with your instant pot).

Making beef plov in an instant pot is so quick and easy and using brown rice is genius. This Instant Pot Rice recipe is a healthier, juicier and flavor packed version of beef plov.

If you don’t own an instant pot yet, you can still make beef plov on the stovetop with this recipe and check out the creative grain we used in this newer version – wildly delicious!!

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Instant Pot Rice (Beef Plov)

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Making beef plov in an instant pot is so quick and easy and using brown rice is genius. This Instant Pot Rice recipe is a healthier, juicier and flavor packed version of beef plov | natashaskitchen.com
Making beef plov in an instant pot is so quick and easy and using brown rice is genius. This Instant Pot Rice recipe is a healthier, juicier and flavor packed version of beef plov.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 as a side dish
  • 2 1/2 cups short grain brown rice, 500 grams, rinsed and drained*
  • 1 lb beef chuck or beef stew meat, cut into 3/4" pieces**
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, thickly julienned
  • 3 cups 720 ml very warm water
  • 1 Tbsp salt, we used fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 whole head garlic, unpeeled, cut in half crosswise.

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain rice and set aside. Set Instant pot to sauté on high heat (push sauté twice to switch to high heat) and add 4 Tbsp olive oil. Once oil is hot (but not smoking), add beef in a single layer and sauté until lightly browned (5 min), stirring occasionally.
  • Add 4 Tbsp butter and chopped onion and stir 3 minutes until softened.
  • Add julienned carrots along with all seasonings (1 Tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp coriander) and sauté 5 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Spread rice evenly over the top (do not stir). Push garlic halves cut-side-down, halfway into the rice. Pour very warm (or hot) water directly over the garlic cloves so you don't disturb the rice. Use the back of a wooden spoon to poke 5-7 holes through the rice to the bottom of the pot (this helps disburse flavor).
  • Cover and cook on high pressure 30 min (I used the "Multigrain" setting). Let instant pot rest and naturally depressurize 10 min before switching to the venting position to release steam. Make sure the steam is fully released and the pressure valve has floated down before opening the pot.
  • Remove garlic and set aside. Stir rice well to combine ingredients. We squeeze the garlic cloves back into the pot because they are melt-in-your mouth delicious.

Notes

*We used organic short grain brown rice (I buy the bag sold in Costco)
**The meat will brown easier if you leave it at room temperature 30 minutes before starting to cook it.

Nutrition Per Serving

502kcal Calories60g Carbs21g Protein19g Fat6g Saturated Fat59mg Cholesterol917mg Sodium417mg Potassium3g Fiber1g Sugar4070IU Vitamin A2.7mg Vitamin C43mg Calcium2.9mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Rice (Beef Plov)
Amount per Serving
Calories
502
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Cholesterol
 
59
mg
20
%
Sodium
 
917
mg
40
%
Potassium
 
417
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
60
g
20
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
21
g
42
%
Vitamin A
 
4070
IU
81
%
Vitamin C
 
2.7
mg
3
%
Calcium
 
43
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2.9
mg
16
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword: Beef Plov, Instant Pot Rice
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 502

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This instant pot plov also reheats really well on a skillet the next day so leftovers are a great thing!

Making beef plov in an instant pot is so quick and easy and using brown rice is genius. This Instant Pot Rice recipe is a healthier, juicier and flavor packed version of beef plov.

Have you gotten on the instant pot wagon? It was actually this recipe that made me fall in love with my Instant pot (ahem 2 hours instead of 15 hours? YES!!!).

What is your favorite recipe to cook in the Instant Pot? I am always looking for new ideas. Thanks in advance my friends. I always love hearing from you :).

Making beef plov in an instant pot is so quick and easy and using brown rice is genius. This Instant Pot Rice recipe is a healthier, juicier and flavor packed version of beef plov. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Kellyn
    February 5, 2024

    This recipe is a good for a hearty meal that lasts a while in the fridge! It’s a little bland for my taste so I double all the seasonings and add some beef bullion for extra flavor!

    Reply

  • Debbie
    January 25, 2024

    Will long grain brown rice work with this? I’m having trouble finding short grain brown rice in my area.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2024

      I haven’t tested this with long-grain brown rice so keep in mind if you are substituting- long grain requires a little less water and also may cook slightly faster than short grain.

      Reply

      • Debbie
        January 29, 2024

        Thank you! I’ll check package directions and go from there. 🙂

        Reply

  • Oksana
    January 24, 2024

    Hi Natasha,
    Is it possible to make this recipe with chicken breast instead? I’m looking for a brown rice chicken version.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 24, 2024

      Hi Oksana, I imagine that will work too. I saw someone else commented that they tried chicken thighs and it was great.

      Reply

  • Victoria
    January 10, 2024

    Hello, Would I be able to substitute the meat and use top sirloin steak?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 11, 2024

      I imagine that will work

      Reply

  • Monica
    January 9, 2024

    I couldn’t find the same short grain brown rice in my local grocery store.
    But I tried the sushi rice instead it was amazing!! Thank you for the recipe!!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2024

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Monica!

      Reply

  • Jamie L
    November 30, 2023

    I have made this several times now! I will say, do not substitute the type of rice that’s recommended per the recipe details above. It does not come out as good. Next time I’d love to try adding some different veggies. Any suggestions for that? I feel like it needs something green in it minus the green onions lol

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 30, 2023

      Hi Jamie! I’m glad you loved the recipe! I haven’t tested any others but some that come to mind are mushrooms (because they don’t break down and get mushy). Broccoli sounds delicious too but it will get mushy. You may try chopping it small and mixing it in at the end if you want it to have crunch. Let us know if you experiment with any.

      Reply

  • Ludmila Khodorkovsky
    November 8, 2023

    So easy and delicious. I made it many times and everyone love it. My son in law is a hunter so he ask me to use a deer meat instead of beef. Honestly I am not a fan of venison taste and smell but in this recipe you can barely tell the difference. Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 8, 2023

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it with deer meat, Ludmila!

      Reply

  • Mimi
    October 28, 2023

    Can I use diced lamb instead of beef?

    I always find lamb more tender and tastier.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 28, 2023

      I have not tested that to advise. Let us know how it is if you experiment.

      Reply

  • Ilona
    October 20, 2023

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It is amazing.

    I am trying to calculate Calorie content though but there doesn’t seem to be a serving size listed on the nutritional label. Thank you for your help

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 20, 2023

      Hi Ilona, The serving size can be found at the beginning of the print-friendly recipe card (located at the bottom of the recipe post). The nutrition label shows counts “per serving.” This recipe serves 8 so it will be 1/8ths of the recipe. Hope that helps!

      Reply

  • David
    September 22, 2023

    Learned this recipe from my Ukrainian daughter-in-law. I have made it at least 20 times as it is a family favorite. In fact I cooking this tonight as it makes for a quick, easy meal. I adjust to my taste by using beef stock instead of water and and adding a few bay leaves. The short grain brown rice comes out perfect with the instant pot set at 30 minutes. Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 22, 2023

      You’re welcome, David! I’m so glad you love it.

      Reply

  • Anna
    June 15, 2023

    Came across this great recipe and wondering if I can use jasmine rice ? Thanks

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 15, 2023

      Hi Anna! This is what one of my readers said, “ I used Jasmine rice instead and doubled my meat count. Reduced the cooking time by 5 minutes and added 1/2 cup less water and the plov came out just perfect (I experienced with proportions few times before and waited until I nail it to write a review).” I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Nichola Moo
    May 31, 2023

    Hello Natasha
    All of your recipes that I have tried has been delicious. I want to know if I did this recipe in an 8 q instant pot Will it be the same measurements and time?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 1, 2023

      Hi Nichola, I used a 6 quart pot to make this recipe, I have tried it in an 8 quart but I imagine it will work as long as you meet the minimum liquid requirement of an 8 quart Instant Pot.

      Reply

      • Nichola Moo
        June 1, 2023

        Thank you Natasha. I am positive it will be delish. I will let you know how it turned out in the 8th quart

        Reply

  • Katya
    May 15, 2023

    Thank you for this recipe. Plov has always been my favourite dish and I was always afraid to make it given the complexity of it. This recipe though is super easy and the food tastes delicious! We would eat with my family for 3 days straight! I used Jasmine rice instead and doubled my meat count. Reduced the cooking time by 5 minutes and added 1/2 cup less water and the plov came out just perfect (I experienced with proportions few times before and waited until I nail it to write a review). Thank you so much for this delicious meal!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 15, 2023

      I’m so glad you found a family favorite on my blog, Katya! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Masha
    April 30, 2023

    If I want to make it 2 portions can I double up on the ingredients. Or I need to make it 2 separate times.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2023

      Hi Masha, I haven’t doubled this personally, but I would keep the time the same if doubling. One of my readers doubled it and reported the following: “I did do 2 lb of beef and doubled all seasonings. I also did 5cups of rice and 5 cups of water. Fit to a T in the 6QT. Came out perfectly fine.” I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • Sophie
    April 26, 2023

    Did not enjoy this. My first time with brown rice, maybe that’s why. FYI took me 20 minutes to write this review. There are so many adds now it’s just so slow navigating the site. Not pleasant.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      April 27, 2023

      Hi Sophie, can you elaborate on what happened with the brown rice, and I can do my best to troubleshoot. I’m not seeing any delays on our site – I do want my readers to have a good experience and I have to balance that with ads to be able to provide for my family, pay my team of 7 and continue providing my recipes for free to readers. I wonder if it’s due to a slow or intermittent internet connection? If there is something specific happening that makes it difficult to comment, please let me know and I can let my tech team know.

      Reply

  • daryl flederbach
    April 22, 2023

    Absolutely the best beef tip receipt ever. Beef stew is now a thing of the pasted.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 22, 2023

      So glad you loved the recipe! Thank you for the feedback. 🙂

      Reply

  • David
    April 16, 2023

    I made this exactly according to the recipe, and it was wonderful—and tasted absolutely authentic. I lived in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia for five years, where plov is the national dish. Aside from the use of beef instead of lamb, it is a very close match to the Central Asian version. A couple of notes:
    —The first time I made this it failed. I set the Instant Pot to 30 minutes as suggested in the recipe, and the rice was seriously undercooked. But I noticed that the recipe also recommends using the “Multigrain” setting, and when I press that button it cooks for 43 minutes. That turned out to be just right.
    —Several reviewers commented that it tasted “greasy.” Authentic plov does taste a little greasy to Western palates. Cut of meat with more fat are considered superior. If you prefer an “Americanized” version, just pour off some of the fat after the sautéed and add less butter. But keep in mind that the butter also contributes substantially to the taste.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 16, 2023

      Thank you for sharing, David. 🙂

      Reply

  • Roxy
    April 13, 2023

    Looks delish!!!! Is this recipe suitable for Crockpot multicooker? Thank you

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 13, 2023

      Hi Roxy! I have not tested it to advise but I do have a stove top method HERE if that helps.

      Reply

  • Svetlana
    April 4, 2023

    Loved it! I made this last night and it was a win. The only thing I changed was more meat. I drained the extra liquid. Perfect! I love your recipes.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 4, 2023

      So glad you loved it! Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Jenna
    March 28, 2023

    I’ve loved this recipe for years. Most recently I marinated the stew meat overnight in some red wine and Worcestershire sauce and it turned out amazing. That’s the only alteration I’ve done.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 28, 2023

      Sounds good, I’m glad that you loved the result!

      Reply

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