This Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Risotto brings all the vibrant flavors of spring to your bowl. Made with fresh asparagus, zesty lemon, and arborio rice, this gluten-free risotto is the best one-pot meal.

Asparagus Risotto in a white bowl
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Fresh asparagus is in season, and it is at its best during spring. Also, spring is the best season to have colorful vegetables and enjoy fresh, lemony flavors. You can read all about it in my spring produce guide here. As asparagus is in season, I also love to make air fryer roasted asparagus and asparagus soup.

Risotto is a labor of love when made on the stovetop, but it is a breeze when made in the instant pot. I like to saute asparagus separately in a skillet and add it in right after pressure cooking to preserve the crunch.

If you have thin asparagus stalks, you can add them after pressure cooking right into the risotto, similar to how I do for my lemon asparagus pasta. Or, for thick stalks, you can add them in just before pressure cooking.

What is Risotto?

Risotto is a creamy Italian dish made with short-grain arborio rice cooked in vegetable or meat broth. It has a creamy texture with al-dente grains. In addition to rice being the main ingredient, risotto can also contain different aromatics, such as onions or shallots sautéed in butter, white wine, or stock.

There are different kinds of rice, such as Carnaroli, Arborio, or Vialone Nano rice. But, the Arborio rice is the best to use as it absorbs the liquids and releases the starches, which gives the creamy texture to the final dish.

Creamy Asparagus Risotto in a bowl

Ingredients for Lemon Asparagus Risotto

The primary ingredients for this delicious lemon asparagus risotto are:

Asparagus: It is rich in vitamins, folate, and fiber. This veggie is also one of the nutritionally balanced vegetables, and it is so easy to cook. For this recipe, I like to sauté asparagus separately. It can be sautéed in a skillet or in an instant pot.

Green Peas: These tiny yet powerful veggie packs a punch when it comes to nutrients. They carry high volumes of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Lemon: I have used freshly squeezed lemon juice for this recipe. You can raise the lemony flavor by adding some lemon zest.

Broth: I have used vegetable broth, but other kinds of broth would work well too.

Parmesan: I prefer to use freshly grated parmesan for this recipe.

How to Make Asparagus Risotto?

Now that you have all your ingredients, it is time to make this instant pot asparagus risotto.

Step 1: Saute the aromatics

  • Start by heating the instant pot in sauté mode and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Then add the onions and garlic, and sauté for a few minutes.
Saute onions and galic to make risotto

Step 2: Pressure Cook Rice

  • Then, add the broth to the pot and deglaze to ensure nothing is stuck to the bottom.
  • Next, add the rice, butter, and salt to the broth and stir well. Remember that all of the rice should be covered in broth.
Ingredients ready to make asparagus risotto in instant pot.
  • Close the lid with the vent in a sealing position and set the instant pot on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • Once the instant pot beeps, quick release the pressure manually.

Step 3: Saute asparagus

  • While the rice is cooking in the instant pot, sauté the asparagus in some olive oil in a skillet on the stovetop. You can also sauté the asparagus in the instant pot before sautéing the onion or garlic.
  • You just want to saute for 5-8 minutes until the asparagus is tender. The exact time will depend on the thickness of the asparagus stalks.
Sauteed asparagus in a pan

Step 4: Bring it all together

  • After opening the instant pot, add the asparagus, green peas, and lemon juice and stir in the grated parmesan. Keep stirring until the parmesan is mixed well with the rice. Adjust salt and pepper according to your taste. Finally, cover the instant pot with a lid and let it sit for 5 minutes for all the flavors to soak in well.
Asparagus and peas added to cooked arborio rice in the instant pot.
  • Serve the risotto by garnishing with a generous helping of grated parmesan and crushed red chili pepper (optional).
Lemon Asparagus Risotto cooked in the instant pot

Tips for Perfect Risotto in Instant Pot

  • Arborio rice is the best to make the perfect risotto. It keeps the rice al dente and, at the same time, soaks in the flavors so well.
  • Traditionally, parmesan is the choice of cheese for this risotto, but you can make it with gruyere, too.
Creamy Spring Asparagus Risotto in a bowl topped with crunchy asparagus

Variations

One of the variations of this risotto is where you can add the mushroom and make Mushroom Asparagus Risotto instead of lemon. Or add zucchini or spinach to make this risotto with a variety of veggies.

If you want to add some protein to the dish, just add some grilled chicken or shrimp to the risotto.

How to Store?

You can store leftovers of this lemon asparagus risotto in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Just heat it in the microwave or stovetop with some butter, and you might need to add some water to get the right consistency, too.

I hope you enjoy this delicious creamy Lemon Asparagus Risotto. Don’t forget to share your feedback or a picture with #pipingpotcurry!

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4.91 from 11 votes

Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Risotto

This Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Risotto brings all the vibrant flavors of spring to your bowl. Made with fresh asparagus, zesty lime, and arborio rice, this gluten-free risotto is the best one-pot meal.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup Arborio Rice
  • 8 ounces Asparagus, fresh and cut into 2 inch pieces, bottom white part discarded*
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil, divided
  • 2/3 cup Onion, diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt , adjust to taste
  • 1/2 cup Green peas , frozen, I used petite green peas
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground, to taste

To garnish:

  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Crushed Red Chili Flakes, optional

Instructions 

  • Heat the instant pot in sauté mode and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add onions and garlic, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add broth and deglaze the pot making sure nothing is stuck to the bottom.
  • Add the rice, butter, salt and stir well. Make sure all the rice is covered in broth. Close lid with vent in sealing position.
  • Pressure Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. When the instant pot beeps, quick release the pressure manually.
  • (Optional) If the asparagus* you are using is thick, then while the rice is cooking, saute asparagus in 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet on stovetop for 5-8 minutes until it is tender. Take out and set aside.
  • Add the asparagus, green peas and lemon juice. Then stir in the parmesan. Keep stirring until the cheese is incorporated well into the rice. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Cover the instant pot with a lid and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Serve garnishing with grated parmesan and crushed red chili pepper (if using).

Notes

Asparagus – I sautéed the asparagus in a skillet on stovetop while the rice was cooking in the instant pot. However if you like to make this a one-pot recipe, you can saute asparagus in the instant pot before starting the steps to cook rice in the recipe. 
If you have thin asparagus stalks, you can add them after pressure cooking right in to the risotto, similar to how I do for my lemon asparagus pasta. Or for thick stalks, you can add them in just before pressure cooking too (do not mix).
The asparagus I used was thin and I did not need to be sautéed to cook well with the pasta. However if your asparagus is thicker, there are 2 options –
Broth – I used vegetable broth. But other broths would work just as well.
Parmesan – I have made this recipe with parmesan. Use cheese from a block, and not the pre-shredded one. 
Lemon: I used just lemon juice in this recipe, however don’t hesitate to up the lemon flavors by adding in some zest too! 

Nutrition

Calories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 10gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 1256mgPotassium: 264mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1004IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 181mgIron: 4mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegetarian
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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7 Comments

  1. Superb! This was an easy recipe to follow (especially with the notes giving options for fat v skinny asparagus), worked perfectly producing excellent results, and was simply delicious. For those who dare I browned thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms in the pot before adding the onion and garlic. I also add thyme to everything I cook as it adds a subtle pleasant flavor: few shakes of dried or a few stems of fresh thyme work wonders. Thank you!

  2. this was astounding!! i followed the recipe to a T and it worked so well and simply

    thank you!