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Instant Pot Vegan Risoto

Instant Pot Vegan Risotto With Green Veggies & Fried Garlic

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Vegan


This incredible vegan Instant Pot risotto is full of green vegetables like kale, green beans, zucchini and celery and is creamy and velvety without using butter or cheese.


Cooking the risottto
1/2 large onion, finely diced
1 celery stick, finely diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large cloves of garlic, finely diced
1/2 jalapeño green chili, diced (optional, can be a dash of chili powder)
1.25 cups dry Arborio rice
1 cup tightly packed with chopped leafy greens (kale, chard, collards, cavolo nero)
1 zucchini, diced into cubes
1.5 cups frozen peas, beans and broad beans (you can use any combination)
3 cups water
1 vegetable stock cube (or 3 cups of vegetable stock)
A pinch of pepper
Finishing the risotto
Zest of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about a third of a lemon)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1 teaspoon miso paste (adds that umami flavor)
Serving the risotto
7 baby zucchinis, halved or 1-2 medium zucchini (sliced into strips or circles)
4 large garlic cloves, sliced thinly (see step-by-step pics above)
2 tablespoons olive oil
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Extra nutritional yeast to sprinkle on top


  • Turn the Instant Pot on and press the  Sauté function. Add the onions, celery, olive oil and salt and cook  for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the cooking risotto ingredients and stir through. Cancel the Sauté function and set to Pressure Cook/Manual for 5 minutes. After 3 beeps, the Instant Pot will start to build up the pressure. Once cooking finishes, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then use the quick release (QR). Please note, don’t let the pressure release naturally for more than 5-7 minutes as the risotto keeps cooking during this time and will over-soften.
  • While the risotto is cooking, prepare the finishing touches. Set aside lemon zest, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and miso paste. Stir these into the risotto once it’s cooked.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan and grill or pan-fry the zucchini halves or slices for 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat, until golden brown. Once you turn the zucchini over, move them aside slightly and add another tablespoon of olive oil and the garlic slices. Spread them around and cook for 1 minute on each side until just golden brown. Make sure to not burn them. You can also fry the garlic in a separate smaller pan or a a pot. Keep an eye on them the whole time.
  • Serve the risotto with extra grilled zucchini and fried garlic on top. Sprinkle with parsley and extra nutritional yeast flakes.


Other toppings: ready-made fried garlic and fried shallots from Asian grocers can be used instead of frying the garlic. They add a lovely crunch and flavor.


  • Serving Size: 1.5 cups
  • Calories: 578
  • Sugar: 8.4 g
  • Sodium: 816.2 mg
  • Fat: 13.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 100.2 g
  • Fiber: 5.5 g
  • Protein: 14.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 3.6 mg

Keywords: Rice, Risotto, Pressure Cooker