Easy Vegan Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 10 votes

This low maintenance vegan Instant Pot mushroom risotto is honestly amazing. Easy to make in an Instant Pot, it's hearty and the perfect plant-based weeknight meal. No constant stirring and ten core ingredients

An overhead shot of a vegan mushroom risotto in a blue speckled serving plate.

I thought I’d slide in with a quick and delicious vegan (and naturally gluten free) dinner for you. This recipe for vegan Instant Pot mushroom risotto is done in 40 minutes, and it may just entice you to pick up/finally use your Instant Pot! Depth from miso makes this vegan risotto so savoury and a finishing sprinkle of vegan parmesan brings it home.

An overhead shot of ingredients for a vegan mushroom risotto.
Image shows a kitchen scene with an Instant Pot on the counter.
Images show vegan “Parmesan” sprinkle ingredients in a food processor on the left and the completed product on the right.
A 3/4 angle shot of some sliced mushrooms.

I use my Instant Pot to cook beans from scratch, large batches of steel cut oats (and other grains) that I can reheat throughout the week, extremely fluffy brown basmati rice, flavourful vegetable stock, and quickly steamed butternut squash for silky soups. In addition to this vegan mushroom risotto, I have a couple more vegan Instant Pot recipes on the site: Instant Pot Chana Masala and spicy Buffalo-style refried pinto beans.

Does the IP actually cook things in an instant? Not exactly. Most recipes need a good 15 minutes to come up to pressure in addition to the stated cooking time. Does it save me time despite the lack of true instantaneousness? 100% yes. Can you actually make a creamy and delicious risotto in an Instant Pot? Oooooh yes.

If I’m using this recipe as an example, once I cook the shallot, creamini mushroom, white wine, thyme, and toasted arborio rice base, I seal the pot up, and get my remaining ingredients ready. I’m on easy street for the next 15 minutes before the timer goes off. I don’t have to stir and babysit the risotto constantly. This is very worthwhile from a convenience perspective!

I will say that this version of risotto is not precisely as creamy as the hand-stirred variety, but the time trade-off is worth it. You could also just make the base risotto without the mushrooms and add whatever roasted/sautéed vegetables that you like on top. It’s a good weeknight back pocket recipe for all types of eaters. Leftovers of this risotto reheat easily on the stove with an extra splash of vegetable stock.

Let me know if you try this easy vegan mushroom risotto and what you think. Curious to ALSO know what plant-based things you’re all making in your Instant Pots! In case you were wondering, I have a very basic 6 quart one that I got on a Black Friday sale a few years ago.

An overhead shot of mushrooms inside of an Instant Pot.
A hand is seen pouring white wine into a pot of toasting rice.
An overhead shot of a hand stirring some risotto.
An overhead shot of vegan Instant Pot mushroom risotto in an Instant pot insert.

Easy Vegan Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto

This low maintenance vegan mushroom risotto is honestly amazing. Easy to make in the Instant Pot, it's hearty and the perfect plant-based weeknight meal.
5 from 10 votes
An overhead shot of a serving of mushroom risotto in a blue dot speckled bowl. The risotto also features cooked baby spinach.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

Vegan Parmesan (makes extra)

  • 1 cup mixed unroasted nuts/seeds
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

INSTANT POT MUSHROOM RISOTTO

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 1 lb cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 shallots, small dice (about ½ cup diced shallots)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves, minced
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons light miso (I used chickpea miso)
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter (optional)
  • 3 cups baby spinach, packed
  • the vegan “parm”

Equipment

Notes

  • I do think that the vegan “parmesan” sprinkle is essential here! It just adds that extra special something to the finished risotto.

Instructions

  • Make the vegan parmesan. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, combine the nuts/seeds, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Pulse until you have a mealy and slightly “dusty” mixture. Set aside.
  • Make the Instant Pot mushroom risotto. Turn the Instant Pot to the SAUTE function. Pour in 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add all of the mushrooms at once and leave them alone for 1 full minute. Stir them up and then leave for another full minute. Once the mushrooms are glistening and letting off lots of liquid, season them with salt and pepper. Keep sauteeing them and stirring them occasionally until all of the liquid is evaporated and the mushrooms are browned, about 5 minutes. CANCEL the SAUTE function. Transfer all of the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.
  • Carefully remove the insert from the Instant Pot and thoroughly wipe it out with a damp cloth. Return the insert to the Instant Pot and turn on the SAUTE function again. Add the remaining oil to the pot.
  • Add the shallots to the pot and stir. Saute the shallots until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme to the pot and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the arborio rice to the pot and stir. Cook/toast the rice until the edges of the grains have turned translucent, about 2 minutes. Avoid actual browning here. If the rice is sticking or you’re noticing browning, add more oil.
  • Pour in the white wine and stir. Cook until the wine is almost totally evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the vegetable stock and stir. CANCEL the SAUTE function.
  • Secure the lid to the Instant Pot, ensuring that the release valve is in the SEALING position. Select the MANUAL pressure cooking option and set it to 4 minutes at HIGH pressure. Once the time is up, hit CANCEL, and immediately (and carefully) release the pressure valve.
  • Once the pin drops, open the lid and stir the risotto. Add the miso and vegan butter (if using) to the pot and season the whole thing with lots of salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Add the reserved mushrooms and spinach to the pot and stir. Close the lid and allow the spinach to wilt for about 1 minute. Serve the Instant Pot mushroom risotto hot with vegan “parm.”
An overhead shot of vegan Instant Pot mushroom risotto in 2 serving bowls.
20/11/2019 (Last Updated 18/03/2024)
Posted in: autumn, creamy, earthy, gluten free, Instant Pot, main course, mushrooms, nut free, quick, refined sugar-free, salty, side dish, spring, summer, umami, vegan, winter

19 comments

Recipe Rating




  • Cagla Bazley

    5 stars
    Well I don’t have an IP but I love your recipes. So when I found this one, I decided to adapt it to our palate and my Dutch oven and it turned out delicious. (Less miso, more liquids, chopped parsley at the end and lots of fresh milled pepper) And I totally agree with you for the vegan parm, it just adds a “je ne sais quoi” :) XXX

  • Miranda

    5 stars
    This was SO good and so easy to make! Only change was that I mixed in 1/3 cup of the vegan “parm” alongside the vegan butter. A hit!

  • Barrett

    the mushrooms take wayyyyyy longer than 5 minutes to cook out all of the water.

  • Molly Moroney

    5 stars
    This was so excellent! I did not use wine as I’m trying to do dry January and did not wan to open up a bottle of wine and be tempted! LOL. So used all vegetable stock and it was fine, I will use wine next time though. I also used arugula instead of the spinach. Topped with the veg parm and also sprinkled a bit of truffle salt on top at the end. I’m vegan and truly felt this was just as good or better than it could have been if it had dairy. It was so creamy and perfectly cooked.  My husband LOVED it too. I cannot wait to make more of your recipes as I just not found your blog! Thank you 

  • Lisa

    5 stars
    My family absolutely loves this dish!  It’s so easy and hands off.  Thanks so much for the recipe.

  • Candace

    Hi, love this recipe. If I double the ingredients do I need to double the cook time on the pressure cooker?

  • Merrymepenelope

    Thank you! This recipe is so good! Since you offered variations for the parm, I figured it would be ok to use half cashew, half sunflower seeds and it turned out great. I used a half tablespoon salt and was glad I did because I thoroughly seasoned everything else. I had frozen spinach which I lightly sautéed prior to adding to the finished risotto and it worked well. This is going to be in rotation in our house. Thanks again!

  • Christine

    This was wonderful for a chilly Sunday night! I was a little short on both mushrooms and spinach but added some frozen peas at the end. Very easy and the miso added a really nice flavor.

    Will most definitely make again. Simple enough for a weeknight meal. I didn’t even add the extra butter and it was still great!

  • Rebecca

    Would this parm work with almond meal? I’m having hard time locating skinned almonds :)
    Excited to make it!!!

    • Laura

      Skin on sliced almonds would work fine as well! Or pine nuts, sunflower seeds, raw cashews even. I don’t think almond meal would work great though.
      -L

  • Dannielle

    Made this tonight. It was so so good. I used kale instead of spinach and put it in with the stock. That overcooked it, so next time I will put it in with the mushrooms when they’re about half way done.
    I will also put the miso in with the stock next time. I found it very hard to get it to mix in at the end, and ended up getting mouthfuls of miso. I love miso but not that much.

  • Anne White

    I made this last night. Delicious, easy, leftovers were wonderful. Thanks so much for a wonderful recipe.

  • amy

    Made this last night. So, so good!!! Thank you for ANOTHER fantastic recipe that will be on heavy rotation!!

  • jgboston

    Made for friend and kids and it was a hit. We added vegan parm to olive oil and balsamic for the best bread dipper I’ve had in a very long time (and I’m not vegan). So yummy, Thank you for both recipes

  • Nydia

    Hello! I’m wondering if the risotto will freeze well. Thanks!

    • Laura

      Hi Nydia!
      I generally find that the texture of mushrooms suffers after freezing. I also think that the rice would get super gummy and overly mushy after thawing and reheating.
      -L

      • Dannielle

        Generally speaking, risotto is best eaten fresh. It’s not even as good as leftovers the next day.

        • Charlotte

          But if you have leftovers you can roll them into balls and fry them in a little oil. SOOOOO yummy!

  • Leah

    I’d love to see this recipe adapted for brown rice!