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Instant Pot Rice Recipe (Beef Plov)

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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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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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)

4.82 from 101 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
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.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Calories: 502 kcal
Servings: 8 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. Add 4 Tbsp butter and chopped onion and stir 3 minutes until softened.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Recipe 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 Facts
Instant Pot Rice (Beef Plov)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 917mg 38%
Potassium 417mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 81.4%
Vitamin C 3.3%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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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  • Natasha
    February 10, 2018

    Hi Natasha.
    I did this recipe tonight with white rice and it came out awesome. I had to adjust the water and rice though. Also instead of pressing “multigrain” option I did “white rice” and it cooked for 15 minutes instead of 30. It was just right, not dry and not wet. I loved it. Thanks for the recipe. Will look forward to more instant pot recipes.😊 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 10, 2018

      You’re welcome Natasha! I’m glad to hear the recipe was a success. Thanks for sharing your great review! 🙂 Reply

    • Janet VanDusen
      February 12, 2018

      Natasha, did you use the same amount of water (3 cups) for the white rice? Reply

  • Lana
    February 10, 2018

    Hey there! I own an instant pot and the best thing I love to use it for is BBQ ribs. We love ribs but they take a while in the oven, but not in the instant pot. I make a brine for the ribs… season up the ribs, sear them in the instant pot and theyre done in 25 minutes! Just falling off the bone. After that I take them out, slather them with barbecue sauce, and broil for about 6 to 10 minutes. No one ever leaves our house disappointed after having ribs…..they are the main star of the evening! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 10, 2018

      Yum, sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your great suggestion with other readers Lana! Reply

  • Nadia
    February 10, 2018

    Hi, I just made this rice and I did exactly as the recipe says; I have the same exact pot. My rice (I used the organic short grain brown rice from Costco as well) came out too hard. The meat is good, carrots cooked through and it’s nice and moist but rice is just too hard. Is it supposed to be like that? Or maybe I did something wrong? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 10, 2018

      Hi Nadia, brown rice does have slightly more bite to it than white rice but it should be fully cooked at the end of that cooking time on high pressure. Did you give it an opportunity to depressurize naturally? If you want the brown rice to be even softer, you could let it depressurize for 15 minutes instead of 10 giving it a little more time to soften. Per the Instant Pot manual, normally brown rice takes 22 minutes of cooking on high pressure plus a 10 minute wait for it to naturally depressurize before turning the venting knob to release the steam. So after 30 minutes on high pressure plus 10 minutes depressurizing, it should have been pretty well cooked and soft. I hope that reply helps! 🙂 Reply

    • Vicki
      February 10, 2018

      Same thing happened to my rice a few days ago and also the meat is came out super dry. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        February 10, 2018

        Hi Vicki, I added some notes above regarding the rice – I suspect folks might be mis-measuring or using a different kind of rice. I hope that helps! Reply

  • Bermet
    February 9, 2018

    Would this recipe fit in 3 quart instant pot? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 10, 2018

      Hi Bermet, one of my readers, Nancy, shared the following: “Made this tonight,,,absolutely delicious!… Bought a three quart, the recipe fit no room to spare.” Reply

      • Natalia
        February 12, 2018

        Thanks for sharing!! Reply

  • Inna
    February 8, 2018

    Hi! I have the instant pot ip-duo80 I believe. And pressing saute twice doesn’t change the temp to high. I press adjust for the “more” feature ri be lit up. Just a little fyi, in case someone is pressing the saute button 100 times and it’s not working lol Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 8, 2018

      Thanks for sharing your helpful tip Inna! Reply

      • Inna
        February 21, 2018

        It was really good, thanks! We switched to brown rice permanently now! My children were asking for thirds! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          February 21, 2018

          You are very welcome Inna 😀 Reply

  • deborah
    February 8, 2018

    Hi,
    This looks wonderful. Can I cook this in a Dutch oven since I don’t have a pressure cooker or instant pot.
    Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2018

      Hi Deborah, it would need some modification for the stovetop. I would recommend checking out our stovetop plov recipes. We have our classic beef one and another one with buckwheat (my personal favorite). Reply

  • Dave
    February 7, 2018

    for the cups of rice, do you mean CUPS of rice as in the standard measurement cup, or the rice cup that comes with rice cookers which is significantly smaller? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2018

      Hi Dave, the rice as a standard measuring cup (or by weight of 500 grams if you prefer to measure it out with a scale). That is an excellent question though and I will specify that! Reply

  • Vika Krutik
    February 7, 2018

    Hi your recipe states 2.5 cups of rice (500 grams) I am very confused how this is possible when 1 cup is 340 grams.
    Also, do you add salt at all to the recipe? Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2018

      Hi Vika, I weighed it to be sure, but 1 cup of brown rice is about 200 grams (195 grams to be exact) so if you multiply that by 2.5 cups = 500 grams (487 grams to be exact, but I rounded it up for simplicity). Here is another source that will help with calculating rice grams in weight if you don’t have a kitchen scale. Reply

  • Jessica z
    February 7, 2018

    I am planning to make this tonight. This will be my first time using my pressure cooker. I have the Bella 6qt pressure cooker. It does not have multigrain setting any suggestions on what button I should use? Rice/risotto/steam, meat/chicken, soup/stew, pressure cook/slow cook. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2018

      Hi Jessica, I’m not sure how those other settings convert but I would probably use the manual pressure cook setting. Reply

  • Pam
    February 7, 2018

    Would barley be a good substitute for the brown rice in this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 7, 2018

      Hi Pam, Hi I haven’t tried pearl barley, but according to this chart from Cook’s Illustrated, the pressure cooking time is very similar to brown rice so possibly it might work. Sorry I can’t give you a more concrete answer. Reply

  • Chris
    February 7, 2018

    Hi Natasha, I have a different brand pressure cooker without the multigrain set button, would I use a stew button or manually set a time to cook. Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 7, 2018

      Hi Chris, you could manually set the timer for the pressure cooker for the same timing. The multigrain setting cooks on the high pressure setting. Reply

  • Elena
    February 6, 2018

    Natasha,
    I love your recipes and enjoy cooking them immensely. The plov looks wonderful and is it possible to make it without buying instant pot? Right now I make your smashed potatoes and plan to use lobster recipe for Valentine’s day. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 6, 2018

      Hi Elena, I hope you love the potatoes and lobster! 🙂 Such fun dishes to make! I would recommend checking out our stovetop plov recipes. We have our classic beef one and another one with buckwheat (my personal favorite). Reply

      • Zhanna
        February 12, 2018

        Natasha, do you think the buckwheat plov recipe can be modified for an IP? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          February 12, 2018

          Hi Zhanna, I don’t think it would save too much time to modify it for the IP since you would have to open the pot mid cooking to add the buckwheat (so you will have to depressurize and wait for it to pressurize twice). Otherwise, if you let it cook long enough for the meat to be tender, the buckwheat would be way overcooked, which is why regular brown rice works so well in this recipe – there is no need to open the pot mid way. I sure do live that buckwheat version (my all-time favorite!) Reply

  • Anna
    February 6, 2018

    Natasha, thank you for this flavorful and fast recipe. It is definitely a keeper in our family. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 6, 2018

      You’re welcome Anna! I’m glad to the recipe is one the whole family can enjoy. Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Vicky
    February 6, 2018

    Can i use chicken instead of beef? And would the cooking time change? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 6, 2018

      Hi Vicky, I have made a chicken plov before and it worked well. Chicken thighs will give you a little more flavor than chicken breast meat. You will still need the time for the rice to finish up cooking. You could probably drop it down to 25 minutes and still be ok since the chicken does not require as much time in the pressure cooker as does beef, but you will have brown rice that is a little more firm to the bite. Still enjoyable but just slightly more firm. Reply

  • Lidia
    February 6, 2018

    Will basmati brown rice work for this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 6, 2018

      Hi Lidia, Basmati brown rice will cook slightly faster than short grain brown rice. My guess is that it will be done with 25 minutes on high pressure rather than 30 minutes. Reply

  • Carolyn
    February 5, 2018

    The Beef Plov was so nourishing that it was hard to stop eating it. But, we did and now we are looking forward to leftovers for tonight, 2 days later! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 5, 2018

      I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review Carolyn! Reply

  • Olga
    February 5, 2018

    I bought my instant pot just to try this recipe!
    Right away I put it to the test. Made it for dinner last night. It was delicious!!!
    Now, Natasha, I need more instant pot ideas and recipes :).
    Thank you for scrumptious food I feed my family! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 5, 2018

      I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe Olga! There will definitely be more instant pot recipes to come. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Kim
    February 3, 2018

    I made this tonight and it was delicious and easy to make. I used beef broth instead of the water for added flavor. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2018

      Great idea Kim! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Corrine
    February 3, 2018

    Thanks for this recipe! I followed exactly as directed, but used 2 lbs of rump roast because it was the smallest package they sold. I didn’t adjust the cooking time and it came out great! This was delicious and my fussy almost-2-year-old would stop after each bite to point at it and say , ‘yuuuummmm’! Thanks so much and thanks for the great, easy-to-follow video! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2018

      My pleasure Corrine! I’m glad to hear the recipe was such a success. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Alena
    February 2, 2018

    Good recipe, came out delish. I also added chick peas to it to make it a more authentic Uzbek plov. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2018

      Yum, that sounds good Alena! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Svetlana
    February 1, 2018

    You have 6 quart one? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2018

      Hi Svetlana, yes 6 Qt. I have a link to it in the recipe above 🙂 Reply

  • Susan Joseph
    February 1, 2018

    Plov was a forgiving and delicious recipe. It turned out great with 1 cup of Lundberg black rice and 1 1/2 c water. We loved it. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 2, 2018

      I’m glad you love the recipe Susan! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Svetlana
    February 1, 2018

    Hi Natasha how big is your instant pot? Do you like that size?
    I plan to buy it, but not sure about the size. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2018

      Hi Svetlana, this is the one I use and it’s ideal for our family of four. Reply

    • Lily
      February 4, 2018

      Is this recipe the same for pressure cooker Reply

  • Nataliya
    February 1, 2018

    It was very good, but a little bland. I would definitely add more spices next time. The combination of all the spices is quite tasty! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2018

      Hi Nataliya, you can definitely add more spices to taste. This blend and amount of spices worked best for our family (the kids loved it!) and I think more would have been overpowering for them, but you can absolutely spice things up even more 🙂 Reply

  • Liliya
    February 1, 2018

    If I use regular white rice in this recipe do I need to add less water or still I add 3 cups ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2018

      Hi Liliya, white rice is not ideal because it would become overcooked by the time the beef was tender. 30 minutes in the pressure cooker is much beyond the recommending pressure cooking time for white rice which is why brown rice works so well. It cooks perfectly when the meat is tender. Reply

    • Taryn
      February 1, 2018

      If you’re looking for more of a white rice taste, you could use parboiled rice. I used it in this recipe and it turned out great! It doesn’t get mushy like white rice. Reply

  • Anna
    February 1, 2018

    I make a super quick chicken and potatoes in the IP. Cut chicken thighs into whatever size you want and saute on HIGH in IP, it may brown a little and get stuck, so use a wooden spoon to get all the brown pieces off of the bottom of the pot, lay quartered potatoes on top of the chicken and add a couple of tablespoons of prepared ranch dressing and spread the dressing and mix everything together. Cook on POULTRY for about 8 minutes. I do not add extra water because the chicken releases a lot of liquid. You can do quick or natural release. I also make PLOV but with chicken. Basically you follow all the steps above but use the rice function for basmati rice, and use about 1/4 less water than you would have used on the stove. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 1, 2018

      Sounds delicious Anna, thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Vedrana
    January 31, 2018

    Can I use slow cooker please Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2018

      Hi Vedrana, the slow cooker would probably require some modifications and much lengthier cooking. I haven’t tested plov in a slow cooker so I can’t provide specific instructions. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. I do have a few stove-top versions as well if you don’t have an instant pot. They are also very good 🙂 Reply

  • Lena
    January 31, 2018

    I had no time yesterday to say this but this was really good!
    My little 5 year old nephew ( Vanya )
    Loved it! He took soo much!

    Thank you! I am glad to be on your website and share them with my little bibi boys! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2018

      You’re welcome Lena! I’m glad to hear the recipe is a hit. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Tatyana
    January 31, 2018

    This recipe is fantastic! Soooo delicious, but using brown rice is KEY!

    Natashinka, please teach us to make yogurt (from raw milk) and baby back ribs in the instant pot. Please, please, please….with a cherry on top!

    Homemade yogurt with homemade jam on top is so nutritious and delicious but it’s such a long process. It would be great to be able to make it in the instant pot. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2018

      Hi Tatyana, thank you for the ideas, I will keep those in mind and thank you for trying the recipe 😀. Reply

  • Maya
    January 31, 2018

    My favorite recipe is to cook seasoned baby ribs in the IP. I put onions and celery under the trivet, add a cup of water to it, put seasoned ribs on the trivet, manual meat setting for 30 min, and finish roasting ribs in the oven with favorite sauce on top for 10 min. Meat falls apparat, delicious! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2018

      Yum, that sounds delish, I’ll definitely keep that recipe in mind! Thanks so much for sharing! Reply

  • Maya
    January 31, 2018

    Ive been using instant pot for 3 years and I can tell you this is the best thing I have on my counter top, can’t live without it. Everyone should have one. Natasha I’m following you for a long time and use your recipes a lot. You are the best cook! When I saw you began using IP I got even more excited, now we are going to have even more delicious things to eat! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2018

      Sounds like you enjoy your instant pot as much as I do! Thanks for following Maya and sharing your thoughtful comments! Reply

  • Deb Kaz
    January 31, 2018

    Made this last night – came out quite well, following directions. We thought it was a bit bland, despite whole onion/head of garlic, so next time, I will double the spices. Thanks for sharing Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2018

      You are welcome and thank you for making the recipe 😀 Reply

  • Michelle
    January 31, 2018

    This recipe looks amazing and I would love to try it, but don’t own an instant pot. Is it possible to cook it on stove top? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2018

      Hi Michelle, I would recommend checking out our stovetop plov recipes. We have our classic beef one and another one with buckwheat (my personal favorite). Reply

  • Liliya
    January 30, 2018

    If I’m doubling the recipe do I need to double the time like instead 30 minutes do 60 min ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 30, 2018

      Hi Liliya, I haven’t tried doubling it, but I think it should still work in the same amount of time even if it is doubled since the timer doesn’t start on the pressure cooker until the proper heat and pressure are reached so it should cook in the same amount of time. That is my best guess 🙂 Let me know if you experiment!! If the rice is too firm for you, you can run it for an extra 10 minutes afterwards. Reply

  • Elizabeth
    January 30, 2018

    Does the Multigrain setting add a presoak? I adjusted to 30 minutes and it was not coming to pressure. I finally changed my setting to pressure cook and the recipe was awesome, but I am confused about the Multigrain setting…. any advise? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 30, 2018

      Hi Elizabeth, the multigrain does not add a presoak. It just comes to pressure and then starts the timer as a normal pressure cook setting would from what I understand. Sometimes, if you turn it on and then turn it off and turn it on again (as I have done in the past when testing), it seems to take longer to come to pressure before the timer starts. Not sure why that is. Reply

  • Crystal
    January 30, 2018

    Can you use white rice? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 30, 2018

      Hi Crystal, white rice is not ideal because it would become overcooked by the time the beef was tender. 30 minutes in the pressure cooker is much beyond the recommending pressure cooking time for white rice which is why brown rice works so well. It cooks perfectly when the meat is tender. Reply

  • Cathy Langham
    January 30, 2018

    I made your recipe and it was very good and I will be making it again. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2018

      I’m glad you like it Cathy! Thanks for sharing your review! Reply

  • Neela
    January 30, 2018

    Will this recipe works with chicken?
    Thx Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 30, 2018

      Hi Neela, I think chicken would still work. I have made a chicken plov before and it worked well. Chicken thighs will give you a little more flavor than chicken breast meat. Reply

  • Gail
    January 30, 2018

    Instead of rice would pearl barley work? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 30, 2018

      Hi Gail, I haven’t tried pearl barley, but according to this chart from Cook’s Illustrated, the pressure cooking time is very similar to brown rice so possibly it might work. Sorry I can’t give you a more concrete answer. Reply

  • Nicole
    January 29, 2018

    Hi, if I half the ingredients, will that alter the cook time? If so, how long? Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 29, 2018

      Hi Nicole, since the rice and beef will require the same cook time, I would keep the cook time the same. Reply

  • Elena
    January 29, 2018

    I made this plov today and it turned out perfect! I will be making it only this way from now on. My husband loved it. Great recipe! Thank you Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2018

      You’re welcome Elena! I’m glad to hear you both love the recipe. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • sheri
    January 29, 2018

    I am so happy you got an instant pot! We made this in ours and all loved it! Love all your recipes, keep the instant pot ones coming…..:) Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 29, 2018

      I’m glad you love the recipe Sheri! There will definitely be more Instant Pot recipes, count on it! Thanks for following and sharing your review! Reply

  • Kim
    January 29, 2018

    Would this work in a crock pot? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 29, 2018

      Hi Kim, the slow cooker would probably require some modifications and much lengthier cooking. I haven’t tested plov in a slow cooker so I can’t provide specific instructions. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. I do have a few stove-top versions as well if you don’t have an instant pot. They are also very good 🙂  Reply

      • Jodie
        January 31, 2018

        Hi Natasha could you please leave directions for the stove top versions? This sounds delicious. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 31, 2018

          Jodie, I would recommend checking out our stovetop plov recipes. We have our classic beef one and another one with buckwheat (my personal favorite). Reply

  • Mary Taylor
    January 29, 2018

    Love the sound of this recipe. Would it work with par-boiled brown rice, which usually cooks in 20 minutes on the stove. If so, should I adjust the amount?
    Look forward to more Instant Pot recipes. Love it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 29, 2018

      Hi Mary, I haven’t tested it but par-boiled brown rice would probably be overcooked in this recipe so I wouldn’t recommend using it here. You could use it in our regular stove-top plov recipes instead of white rice but for the pressure cooker, regular brown rice is best. Reply

  • Leah
    January 28, 2018

    I made this for dinner this evening and it was a hit with my husband and all three of my kids. I had beef broth in the fridge so I used 2 cups of beef broth and 1 cup of water. I left the salt out and let everyone salt to taste after it was served. GREAT INSTANT POT RECIPE and just as good as Natasha’s regular recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2018

      I’m glad to hear the recipe is such a hit! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review with other readers! Reply

  • Vlad
    January 28, 2018

    Made it today — so good! I used boneless short ribs and increased cooking time to 35 minutes.
    Looking forward to more instant pot recipes from you. I’m thinking borscht next maybe… 😀 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2018

      I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe Vlad! Thanks for sharing and I will definitely add more instant pot recipes! Reply

  • Debra Covic
    January 28, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    Thank you so much for your blog! You taught me how to cook and my family is grateful! I am looking forward to making this. I see that it is served as a side dish. Could you give me some suggestions what to serve with it? Reply

  • Lawrence
    January 28, 2018

    Hoping to make this tonight. Not a fan of cumin or coriander. Can you recommend some other spice blends? 🙂 Thx Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2018

      Hi Lawrence, if it helps, the flavors are very mild once it is cooked up, but the only other plov that I make without the cumin and coriander (which give the plov a little more authentic flavor), was in my chicken plov where I used some ketchup and cayenne pepper to flavor instead. I hope that helps! Pulling those two seasonings out would change the flavor profile, but I think it would still taste good 🙂 Reply

      • Lawrence
        January 28, 2018

        I didn’t see your reply until now and I’ve already cooked and ate. I used 1/2 tsp garlic powder and it was fantastic!! My 13 month old had his mouth open wanting more more more like a baby bird!!!!! 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 29, 2018

          I’m glad the recipe was a success! Thanks for sharing your delightful review Lawrence! Reply

  • Shelly
    January 28, 2018

    I usually use bay leaves in my plov recipe and I really like the taste it adds. Can it be added to your instapot recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2018

      Hi Shelly, I think that would still work to add 1 bay leaf to the plov. Reply

  • Jack B
    January 27, 2018

    Hi,
    Do I need to change the time if I cook this in a Power Pressure XL PC?
    Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2018

      Hi Jack, I am not familiar with that machine. Maybe someone else has experience with it and can chime in? Thanks in advance! If that is just a kind of pressure cooker, it will work in a pressure cooker (it doesn’t have to be an Instant Pot). Reply

  • Helen
    January 27, 2018

    awesome recipe! love the instant pot! would love to see more recipes for instant pot! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2018

      I’ll keep em coming Helen! Reply

  • Nancy
    January 27, 2018

    Made this tonight,,,absolutely delicious! New to the instant pot purchased one January 31st with the thought to use it in a RV. Bought a three quart, the recipe fit no room to spare. Just so you know we purchased a 6 quart pot today for the house! Keep the recipes coming! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2018

      Thank you for sharing your amazing review and it’s great to know it still fits into a 3Qt!! Reply

  • Helen
    January 27, 2018

    Hello Natasha.
    Thanks very much for this receipe. I just made mine. It turned out delicious but a little too moist to my taste. Do I add less water next time? On your picture/video, looks like plov, mine looks more like kasha.
    Thanks much Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2018

      Hi Helen, if you make it with plain brown rice (not instant rice, white rice, or converted or semi-cooked rice), it won’t turn mushy. I’ve never had that experience with using brown rice. Did you substitute the rice? Reply

    • Tatyana
      January 28, 2018

      Hi Helen,
      Mine too turned out like kasha, but it’s not Natasha’s fault. 😉 I’m assuming it’s because I used white rice instead of brown rice. When I make just the rice in my instant pot, I use 3 cups rice to 2 cups water ratio. I’m going to try that next time for the plove. Reply

  • Vera Huey
    January 27, 2018

    Can you use white rice? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2018

      Hi Vera, I haven’t tried using white rice but here is what one of the readers wrote: “Mine too turned out like kasha, but it’s not Natasha’s fault. 😉 I’m assuming it’s because I used white rice instead of brown rice. When I make just the rice in my instant pot, I use 3 cups rice to 2 cups water ratio. I’m going to try that next time for the plove.” I hope it helps. Reply

  • Estera Iacoban
    January 27, 2018

    So, i finally made this today. It is soooooo good! I just added a little bit of vegeta seasoning on the meat & a sprinkled some fresh chopped dill at the end. Delicious!😋 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2018

      I’m glad you love the recipe Estera! Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • MA
    January 27, 2018

    is this recipe doable without the instant pot? Looks amazing but don’t have the cooker! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 29, 2018

      Hi MA, you could use a pressure cooker for this. If you want a stove-top option, I would recommend checking out our stovetop plov recipes. We have our classic beef one and another one with buckwheat (my personal favorite). 🙂 Reply

  • Les
    January 27, 2018

    Looks delicious! Will the recipe double easily? Looking to feed a bigger crowd. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 29, 2018

      Hi Les, you should be able to double it if you have the larger sized instant pot. It may be slightly too much to double it in the 6Qt instant pot. Reply

  • Danielle Bachuk
    January 27, 2018

    I am so excited to tried this! The Instant Pot has become a staple in our house and we LOVE your recipes! Baby Back Ribs-Mashed Potatoes-spaghetti-ANY pork loin-Oatmeal-Hard Boiled Eggs! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2018

      I hope you love the recipe Danielle! Please let me know what you think! Reply

  • Susan S
    January 27, 2018

    Hello,
    You say serves 8 as a side dish. What else you do serve with this dish? I always have a hard time trying to decide what if anything else is needed. Thank you Susan Reply

  • JEANNE ERICKSON
    January 27, 2018

    Hi Natasha!

    What size Instant Pot do you have? I just bought the 6 quart size, but I’m wondering if I should have the 8 quart. I have a family of 4 so I don’t need to make a ton, but I do like to make extra for leftovers. 🙂

    Thanks!
    Jeanne Reply

  • Tatyana S.
    January 27, 2018

    That looks perfect with the brown rice👍🏻 I’m definitely going to try with the brown rice cuz I usually use white. Thank you for instant recipes, I’m getting excited to use my instant pot even more now cuz I need more quick yummy recipes that I won’t have to cook for hours when I have a newborn next month😊🙂
    I’ll let u know how I like ur method when I try it😀 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2018

      My pleasure Tatyana! Please do let me know what you think of the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Natalya
    January 27, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    Hoping you post more Insta Pot recipes because I’ve been wanting to try out my Insta Pot more but don’t have great recipes for it.

    Do you think this can be made with the meat frozen? (I forgot to take out the meat beforehand-oops!) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2018

      Hi Natalya, since the meat needs to be pre-cooked and browned a bit first, it should be fully thawed. To speed thaw, place beef into a water-tight sealed bag (squeeze all the air out) and place in a large mixing bowl of cold water with a steady stream of cool water pouring over it to circulate the water – it will thaw pretty quickly this way. Reply

  • Laura
    January 27, 2018

    What do you do with the garlic halves when it’s finished? I’m eager to try this! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2018

      Oh goodness I forgot all about those in the print-friendly recipe. I just added this note at the bottom: “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.” Thank you for asking! 🙂 Reply

  • Joanne
    January 27, 2018

    What about the garlic afterwards? Is it squeezed into the rice mixture? Did I miss that part? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2018

      Hi Joanne, yes, great question! I just added this note at the bottom: “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.” Reply

  • Sasha
    January 27, 2018

    Looking forward to more instant pot recipes!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2018

      I’ll keep em coming Sasha! 🙂 Reply

  • Amy
    January 27, 2018

    The rice looks amazing! Do you mind sharing what brand of rice you used? (I’m accustomed to seeing long grain brown rice but this doesn’t appear to be the same thing) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2018

      Hi Amy, We used organic short grain brown rice (I buy the bag sold in Costco – Lundberg brand) Reply

  • NATALIYA
    January 26, 2018

    What kind brown rice you use? Its looks so fancy Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2018

      Great question! Sorry I forgot to specify. I added the note in the recipe just now. We used organic short grain brown rice (I buy the bag sold in Costco) Reply

      • Nataliya
        January 29, 2018

        Thank you for answering Reply

  • Tanyat
    January 26, 2018

    Wow only 30 min I need to get myself one of these !! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2018

      You won’t regret it! I love my Instant Pot! Reply

  • MLopez
    January 26, 2018

    This looks delicious! I have always wanted to make plov but was too intimidated until now. Could I substitute chicken in this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2018

      I think chicken would still work. I have made a chicken plov before and it worked well. Chicken thighs will give you a little more flavor than chicken breast meat. Reply

  • Allison
    January 26, 2018

    Can I use a slow cooker for this recipe?what’s the difference between the two? ( this may be a dumb question🤷🏼‍♀️) so many gadgets nowadays I can’t keep up🤪 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2018

      Hi Allison, the slow cooker would probably require some modifications. The instant pot uses the pressure cooking mode to cook this recipe so it only takes 30 minutes of pressure cooking to get amazingly tender beef and brown rice. You could use a pressure cooker to get the same results since the instant pot essentially is using that function for this recipe. Reply

  • Sasha
    January 26, 2018

    Thank you, Natasha for this amazing recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2018

      You are very welcome Sasha 😀 Reply

  • Anna
    January 26, 2018

    Do you think I could try substituting beef with chicken? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2018

      Hi Anna, I think chicken would still work. I have made a chicken plov before and it worked well. Chicken thighs will give you a little more flavor than chicken breast meat. Reply

  • Iain
    January 26, 2018

    Does the water have to bee boiling .
    Can the oil and butter be halved or just oil be used it looks great Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2018

      Hi Lain, I think it would still work with only the oil. Plov is typically supposed to be very moist and juicy and the butter definitely helps to get it to that point. You could cut it in half and it will still work but won’t be quite as moist. Reply

  • Tatyana
    January 26, 2018

    Natasha THANK YOU for this Instant Pot recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I ❤ my Instand Pot and get most of my nourishing recipes from wellnessmama.com and your site! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2018

      My pleasure Tatyana! I hope you love the recipe! Reply

  • Aigul
    January 26, 2018

    This looks so good and delisious, I definitely need to by an instant pot to try this brown rice plov! I would be happy if you share your opinion on what brand/type of instant pot is worth to buy, please. Thanks a lot Reply

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