Love Mushrooms? This is going to be your new favorite – Easy & Delicious Brown Rice and Mushroom Pilaf. A flavorful one-pot dish with just 5 main ingredients. It is perfect to make on a weeknight and enjoy as a side or even as a whole meal. Even better, make it on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot.
This recipe is sponsored by Imperfect Produce. The recipe, writeup and opinions are my own.
Brown Rice cooked with onions, garlic and lots of mushrooms. Topped with green onions…oh so delicious! This is also a vegan and gluten free dish.
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This week my box included Brown Rice. This rice is imperfect as a few grains out of hundred’s are broken (I know you are rolling your eyes like me 🙄…don’t a few grains break anyways while cooking?). Let me show you how perfect this imperfect rice cooks, with this Mushroom Pilaf recipe.
How to make Brown Rice & Mushroom Pilaf?
Gather the ingredients, slice the mushrooms and dice the onions. I used cremini mushrooms, but other varieties of mushroom would work too.
We will sauté half of the mushrooms and take them out to top on the pilaf at the end. This gives a crunchy taste of the mushrooms. Of course, you could also simply cook them all with the rice. But I like the sautéed crunchy mushrooms on the rice when serving.
We will then add some oil, and sauté onions, garlic along with the rest of the mushrooms. The mushrooms will first release water, let the liquid dry and brown the mushrooms. Then add in the rice and broth. I like to cook the mushrooms with the rice, so the rice can soak in the amazing flavors of the mushrooms.
When cooking this pilaf, I don’t soak the brown rice. Just rinse them until the water runs clear. However if you prefer you can soak the rice in warm water for an hour. It helps to reduce the cooking time for brown rice.
This was so good, each grain separate and perfectly cooked. We enjoyed it as our lunch and two of us finished it all. I like to sprinkle some lemon juice to get a slight tangy taste to the pilaf.
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One-Pot Brown Rice & Mushroom Pilaf – Instant Pot & Stovetop
For Instant Pot
- 1 1/4 cup Vegetable Broth
- 2 cups Vegetable Broth
- 1 tbsp Butter (optional) skip butter to keep this vegan
- 1/4 cup Green onions diced
- Rinse brown rice and keep them ready for cooking.
For Instant Pot:
- Start the instant pot in Sauté mode and let it heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, half the mushrooms and sprinkle some salt. Cook them for about 4 minutes until they brown. Take out and keep them aside. We will add these in at the end.
- Now add 1 tbsp olive oil, garlic and onions to the instant pot. Sauté for 2 mins. Add mushrooms and sauté for another 3-4 minutes until they brown.
- Add brown rice, vegetable broth and salt. Stir and deglaze the pot. Press cancel and close lid with vent in sealing position.
- Select Manual or Pressure cook mode for 22 mins at high pressure. When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally.
- Add back in the mushrooms kept aside. Add in the optional tbsp of butter and mix well. Top with green onions and enjoy!
For Stovetop in a pot:
- Heat oil in a medium-large pot over high heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, half the mushrooms and sprinkle some salt. Cook them for about 4 minutes until they brown. Take out and keep them aside. We will add these in at the end.
- Now add 1 tbsp olive oil, garlic and onions to the pot. Sauté for 2 mins. Add mushrooms and sauté for another 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally until they brown.
- Add brown rice, vegetable broth and salt. Stir and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 35-40 minutes. Stir in between starting at about 25 mins.
- When rice is done, add back in the mushrooms kept aside. Add in the optional tbsp of butter and mix well. Top with green onions and enjoy!
- I used cremini mushrooms, but regular white button mushrooms will work too.
- I made this pilaf with short grain imperfect brown rice. Long grain brown rice will work too. White basmati or jasmine rice will also work, however reduce the cooking time depending on the rice you choose. I cook white rice for 4 minutes at high pressure with 10 minute natural pressure release in the instant pot.
- I have used Better Than Bullion base to make broth. It is just easier to keep at hand for all my cooking. You may want to skip adding salt if using it.
- I like to sprinkle some lime juice just before enjoying mushroom pilaf in the bowl.
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