What is Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice?
This is my super-simple way to make hibachi fried rice at home. With the help of the Instant Pot, this recipe comes together with minimal effort. Our recipe is for Japanese style Hibachi fried rice, which basically means we use short-grain sushi-style rice. This yields a more chewy final texture than the fried rice you will generally get at a Chinese take-out restaurant which is more often made with long-er grain rice and has a drier, more crumbly final texture.
What are the ingredients in Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice?
Here is the easy list of ingredients and simple swaps where available. The “key” ingredient here is the rice, but more on that later:
- Butter, I use olive-oil butter, just choose your favorite
- Frozen peas, these are used frozen, so no need to thaw or pre-cook
- Chopped carrots, I used about 15 baby carrots that I chopped up as I always have them on hand, regular sized carrots, peeled and chopped would also work just fine. 1 large carrot should be just about right for this recipe.
- Garlic powder, I almost always use this instead of regular minced garlic as I prefer the lighter flavor; however, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of minced fresh garlic if you prefer
- Salt and pepper
- Toasted Sesame Oil
- Soy sauce
- Teriyaki sauce
- Chicken broth
- 1 cup of uncooked sushi style rice. I used this one
- For this recipe, you really need to use the sushi style rice. Regular white rice will not yield the desired texture in your final dish.
- 2 eggs
How to make Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice
- Begin by chopping the carrots and onions.
- Set the Instant Pot on saute and add the butter. When the butter is melted, add the onions, carrots and peas and saute until the veggies are beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Turn off the saute function.
- Note if you are using fresh garlic instead of garlic powder, you will add it at the same time as these veggies to avoid your final rice having a raw garlic flavor.
- Next, add the garlic powder, salt, pepper, sesame oil, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, chicken broth and the sushi rice. Stir to ensure all of the rice is covered by the broth.
- Replace the Instant Pot lid and set to sealing. Set to manual high pressure for 10 minutes. When the cooking time is done, allow a natural pressure release of 10 minutes and then quick release any remaining pressure.
- Fluff the rice and remove to a large bowl.
- Break the eggs into a small bowl and scramble. Set the Instant Pot to saute and add the eggs. Scramble until set, breaking into small pieces as the eggs cook. Add to the bowl of rice and mix well to combine.
- Note: if you prefer, you can scramble the eggs and cook in a pan while the rice is cooking, breaking up as described above and then simply stir through the rice when the cooking and depressurizing is done.
Can Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice be made in advance?
Yes! This rice is best served the same day it is made as it will begin to dry out a bit if it is refrigerated. To make earlier in the day simply place the rice in an air-tight container and set aside on the counter, lightly reheat in the microwave. If you need to make the rice a day ahead of time, store in an air-tight container and refrigerate. If you find the rice is too dry, stir a Tablespoon or two of water through the rice before reheating.
What should I serve with Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice?
Most often, I keep it really simple and serve this rice with some grilled chicken strips and some sweet and sour or yum yum sauce. It is simple and always kid-approved. You could easily add some spring rolls or steamed veggies as well for a fuller meal. If you are wanting to have something a little more creative, but still easy to make it a meal, here are some other ideas:
- These Buddha Bowls are filled with veggies and protein. They can easily be put together while your rice is cooking and make a great, leftover lunch for the next day.
- Keep the Instant Pot going with this Hot and Sour Soup and see how quickly you can have two of your takeout favorites on the table in less time than it takes to even make a run to your local take-out joint.
- Make a twist on eggrolls with another copycat favorite.
- Hibachi fan? I’m guessing you are if you have found yourself on this Hibachi Rice recipe. Fill out the your Hibachi dinner with some Restaurant-Style Hibachi Vegetables.
Instant Pot Hibachi Fried Rice
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1 small onion chopped in approximately ½” cubes, about 1 cup
- ½ cup frozen peas
- ½ cup carrot chopped
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup uncooked sushi rice
- 2 eggs
- Set the pressure cooker to sauté. Add the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the onion, carrot and peas and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, approximately 3 minutes.
- Turn off the sauté function. Add all remaining ingredients except for the eggs to the bowl of the pressure cooker. Set to manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow a natural pressure release of 10 minutes and then quick release any remaining pressure.
- Fluff the rice and remove to a large bowl.
- Crack the eggs into a small bowl and scramble. Set the pressure cooker to sauté. Add the eggs and scramble until set, breaking into small pieces as you go. Once set, combine with the rice. Serve immediately.