Instant Pot Millet Pilaf is a healthy and flavorful side dish. Studded with dried apricots and pistachios, it’s vegan, gluten-free, and ready in 30 minutes.
Have you tried millet?
Like quinoa, millet is an ancient grain.
It’s naturally gluten free and easy to digest.
Plus it’s high in fiber, magnesium, iron, and other vitamins and minerals.
And it’s really delicious!
One of the ways I like to eat it is cold in a Greek Millet Salad.
But it’s also delicious hot, especially in Instant Pot Millet Pilaf.
You only need 6 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) to make Instant Pot Millet Pilaf.
First, of course, is millet.
You can find millet in packages or in the bulk bin of most markets.
Bob’s Red Mill is a popular brand.
And a little goes a long way.
I use only cup of millet in this recipe which serves 4 people.
In addition, you’ll need dried apricots, pistachios, a lemon, olive oil, and fresh parsley.
Making Instant Pot Millet Pilaf is really easy.
You can prepare the millet in a pressure cooker or on the stove.
While I like to use my Instant Pot to make millet, if you don’t have one, you can follow the package directions to cook the grain.
It really won’t take much longer, but I do like the convenience of turning on the electric pressure cooker and walking away.
Once the millet is cooked, I add chopped dried apricots and shelled pistachios, lemon juice and zest, a little olive oil, and fresh chopped parsley.
Don’t forget to zest the lemon before you juice it!
And if you don’t like parsley, you can try your favorite fresh herb instead.
The same goes with the dried fruit and nuts.
Feel free to use your favorites in this easy and flavorful recipe.
Instant Pot Millet Pilaf is delicious with many other dishes.
I love serving it as a side along with Sheet Pan Dinner with Broccolini and Chickpeas.
And sometimes I’ll have it with a mixed green salad or Grilled Eggplant Salad.
Or try it in place of rice with Cabbage Coconut Curry.
You can also make it a main dish by adding your favorite beans.
It’s also a great recipe for your weekend meal prep.
The millet pilaf reheats well and lasts for several days refrigerated.
Now let’s make Instant Pot Millet Pilaf!
Instant Pot Millet Pilaf
- Place the millet and water in the Instant Pot and close the lid. Using the pressure cooker function on high, set the timer for 10 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
- Once the pressure has released, remove the lid. Add the remaining ingredients to the cooked millet. Stir everything together to combine. Taste and adjust the seasonings, as needed. Enjoy!