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Instant Pot Thai Basil Fried Rice Recipe

Thai Basil Fried Rice recipe is a quick, easy Thai style rice dish made with jasmine rice, thai basil and some sauces in Instant pot pressure cooker.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Keyword fried rice, instant pot thai basil fried rice
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 568kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil (Or olive oil)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ inch ginger minced
  • 2 thai green or red chillies
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 medium red bell pepper cut into julianne
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha adjust to taste
  • salt adjust to taste
  • black pepper powder adjust to taste
  • ¼ cup cilantro (coriander leaves)
  • ½ cup thai basil
  • 8-10 cashews optional


Instant Pot Method:

  • Press SAUTE on Instant Pot. Add oil and once it’s hot, add minced garlic, ginger, Thai chilies and saute for 30 secs or until aromatic.
  • Next, add the onions and saute for about 2 minutes till the onions turn soft.
    step to saute onions ginger garlic in oil in instant pot collage
  • Add the bell pepper, rinsed jasmine rice, water, salt and mix well. Deglaze the pot, i.e. make sure to scrape any food particles sticking to the pot to avoid BURN alert.
    step to add rice ,vegetables and water and pressure cook collage
  • Close the lid on the pot. Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and timer to 4 minutes.
    When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release the pressure manually.
  • Turn on the SAUTE mode. Push cooked rice to the side and add soy sauce, sriracha, or red chili sauce. Mix to combine everything together.
  • Next add roasted cashews (optional), cilantro (coriander leaves), Thai basil (roughly torn), black pepper, and salt. Toss everything well until the leaves wilt.
    step to add soy sauce ,red chilli saue ,basil leaves ,coriander leaves and mix collage
  • Pressure Cooker Thai Basil Fried Rice is ready.Enjoy!
    basil fried rice in instant pot

Stovetop Pot Method:

  • In a large pan or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add oil and once it’s hot, add minced garlic, ginger, and Thai chilies and saute for 30 secs or until aromatic.
  • Next, add the onions and saute for about 2 minutes till the onions turn soft.
  • Then add the veggies and stir fry until they are tender but crisp.
  • Then add soy sauce, sriracha, and saute on a high flame stirring regularly without getting burnt.
  • Add the cooked or leftover rice, salt, ground black pepper to this and gently mix it evenly.
  • Lastly add roasted cashews (optional), cilantro (coriander leaves), Thai basil. Toss everything well until the leaves wilt. Let this cook on a low flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Thai Basil Fried Rice is ready. Enjoy!



I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT.


Rice: Jasmine rice is the ideal choice for this Thai basil rice recipe but you can also use any short-grain rice. If you are looking for a healthier choice make it with quinoa or cauliflower rice.
Protein: Add ½ cup of stir-fried tofu, scrambled eggs.
Spicy: Add either crushed red pepper flakes or a few extra teaspoons of sriracha or red chili sauce.
Oil: Sesame oil tastes the best. But Olive or coconut oil also can be used.
Vegetables: I have added red bell pepper before pressure cooking. You can also add bell peppers, carrots after the pressure cooking.



  1. Some people like adding soy sauce and sriracha before pressure cooking. But I recommend adding it after pressure cooking. Both methods works well.
  2. Try to use low sodium soy sauce and if you are looking for gluten-free use Tamari or also Coconut Aminos to replace the soy sauce and it’s the best!
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1226mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2319IU | Vitamin C: 90mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg