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Instant Pot Brown Rice Salad With Peanut Butter Dressing

Instant Pot Brown Rice Salad With Peanut Butter Dressing

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Thai


Hearty and nutritious, this Instant Pot cooked brown rice based salad is full of veggies and a delicious peanut butter dressing.



For the rice
1 + 1/4 cups uncooked brown rice, rinsed
2 slices of fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cube of vegetable stock
1 + 1/2 cups water
For the salad
1/4 purple or white cabbage, diced into cubes or shredded
1 large carrot, grated
1 bell red pepper, diced
1/2 medium red onion, diced finely
810 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon of black or white sesame seeds
Finish with: chopped fresh mint and cilantro/coriander (2-3 tablespoons of each)
For the dressing
2 heaped tablespoons crunchy peanut butter (see notes)
3 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 garlic clove, minced or grated
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 red chili, finely diced (less or more depending on your spice tolerance)
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce (alternatively, add 1/4 teaspoon salt)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons water
Extra: have an extra lime to serve at the table.


  1. To make the brown rice, turn the Instant Pot on and add the rice ingredients and the water to the inner pot. Stir through.
  2. Place and lock the lid, making sure the steam valve is pointing to Sealing. Press Manual, HIGH pressure, and set the time to 18 minutes. After 3 beeps, the Instant Pot will start to build up the pressure and cooking will commence (this will take about 5-10 minutes).
  3. Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally (about 10-15 minutes). If you’re in a rush, release the pressure manually by carefully pointing the valve to Venting after 5 minutes.
  4. Open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Transfer the cooked brown rice to a large salad bowl to cool down.
  5. While the rice is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad ingredients.
  6. To make the salad dressing, soften the peanut butter in a microwave or over a stove. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk together until smooth.


For a gluten-free version, make sure to use GF peanut butter and swap the soy sauce for Tamari sauce.

We used this brand of peanut butter, which has less added sugar than other traditional American peanut butters. If using a really sweet peanut butter, adjust the ingredients by adding less honey.


  • Serving Size: 1.5 cups
  • Calories: 365
  • Sugar: 19.2 g
  • Sodium: 757.1 mg
  • Fat: 10.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 63.1 g
  • Fiber: 5.1 g
  • Protein: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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