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How to Make Instant Pot Boxed Rice A Roni

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Learn how to make Instant Pot boxed Rice A Roni right in your pressure cooker. Enjoy the rice you love without having to turn the stove on. This is a simple guide to help you know exactly how to make boxed Rice A Roni. 

Boxed Rice a Roni is always simple to make and tastes great now the How to Make Instant Pot Boxed Rice A Roni made it even easier to make.  When I have time I like to make my own homemade Cracked up Cheddar and Broccoli Rice.  I also made boxed hamburger helper, Au Grating Potatoes, and Mac n Cheese.

Instant Pot Boxed Rice A Roni

I get asked why would you make boxed rice in the Instant Pot. My remark is why not! It is just like cooking rice in a rice cooker. You will use less energy than a stovetop method, hands-off approach, and you get tender and flavorful rice each and every time. 


Can I Use Any Flavor of Rice A Roni 

Yes, you are more than welcome to reach for any flavor of rice mix. I have used a lot of different flavors and they all work rather well. So feel free to do whatever you and your family enjoy. 

Can I Cook 2 Boxes of Rice A Roni In the Instant Pot 

I have not tried doing this, but yes I think you would have no problem cooking two boxes if you have a 6 quart Instant Pot. You would leave the cooking time the same and just double the recipe as directed. 

A lot of people think when you double a recipe in the Instant Pot you adjust ingredients but you will almost always leave the cooking time the same. I am sure there are some times you will add more time. But for rice, you can leave it the same and still get light and fluffy rice. 

How Long Does It Take to Cook Rice A Roni In Instant Pot 

You will take around two minutes to saute the rice in the butter just as you would in a pan. Then cook for 12 minutes. While it isn’t much faster than cooking on the stove you might find you enjoy the flavor of the rice more. 

I find that cooking in the Instant Pot always allows for more flavor to be brought out. Since the food is under pressure it really helps bring out all the flavors of the spices and seasonings. 

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! We are huge fans of rice and I will still on occasion reach for boxed rice to whip up to go with dinner. 

How to Make Instant Pot Boxed Rice A Roni

How to Make Instant Pot Boxed Rice A Roni

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Learn how to make Instant Pot boxed Rice A Roni right in your pressure cooker. Enjoy the rice you love without having to turn the stove on. This is a simple guide to help you know exactly how to make boxed Rice A Roni. 


  • 1 box Rice a Roni
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  1. Place pot on saute. Melt butter.
  2. Let rice brown 1-2 minutes
  3. Add water
  4. Place pot on manual low pressure 12 minutes.
  5. Do a quick release
  6. serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 246mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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Thursday 15th of December 2022

I made the Mexican flavored Rice-a-Roni [box directions call for 2 1/4 C (18 oz) water] and it turned out a little dry using your recommended 1 1/2 C (12 oz) of water so the next time I used 1 2/3 C (13 1/3 oz) and it was perfect. I used your saute and cook time exactly.

How did you calculate what amount to reduce the water on the other boxed flavors, since their directions for water vary from 1 2/3 (13+ oz) to 2 1/2 C (20 oz)? And cook times vary between 15-20 minutes to 25-30 minutes.


Monday 10th of October 2022

I have used these instructions for Knorr, Zatarains, Rice a Roni and HEB's version of boxed rice and every time it has turned out absolutely perfect. I am so grateful because I just came back to cooking boxed rice and it didn't work any other way I tried to cook it. Now with my InstantPot and your instructions I know it will come out perfect every time!!! Thanks again!

James Dean

Saturday 8th of October 2022

Thank you for providing this information! To save time, I enjoy making pre-mixed rice boxes from Near East, Uncle Bens, and Zatarains. I was wondering whether you have noticed that all/most Rice a Roni mixes in an instant pot utilize 66% water and butter from the original recipe as a rule of thumb? For example, the original cheddar broccoli recipe calls for 2.25 cups of water, whereas yours calls for 1.5 cups. I am a new IP user who is just getting started. I tried making some Uncle Ben's wild rice mix the other day and used 3/4 of the original amount and set it for automatic rice setting with a quick release and found it too mushy and the rice was bloated.

Could You do a review on that?

Adventures of a Nurse

Saturday 8th of October 2022

Yea you don’t need as much water like if you do stove top regular rice it’s 2-1 and instant pot is 1-1 hope that helps


Wednesday 14th of September 2022

This came out perfectly, thank you! Making dinner with two small kids at home is tricky for me, but this was a huge help.


Friday 15th of July 2022

The texture and flavor was so much better than stove top! And it does seem quicker because it's almost entirely hands off. Water measurement was perfect. I will always make it this way from now on!


Sunday 14th of August 2022

@Sarah, Since you have successfully made R-a-R in the instant pot, have you made Long Grain & Wild Rice variety? The label says the water amount is only 1 2/3 C (because this type does not have the pasta) and cook for 25-30 min. If I make in the IP, is it still a 66% ratio of water? that would only be 8 3/4 oz, a little over one cup. Or should I use the full 1 2/3 Cup as directed on the box, and just reduce cooking time?

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