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Perfect Arborio Rice

Perfect Arborio Rice

Arborio Rice is an Italian short grain rice.  Most folks automatically think risotto.  Risotto actually is a dish not a rice and it takes a short grain rice to make and there are lots of variety to short grain rice.

Arborio is the most available in the stores and I find it very versatile. I like its qualities of being small and I find it more moist than long grain rice.  When cooking a dish that has drier meat such as chicken breast or pork chops I find the rice to be complimentary as a gravy or sauce would not be necessary to serve with it.  I also like to use it where a casserole calls for rice.  It absorbs the water or broth well.


I found a way of cooking this rice that works in a pot, dutch oven or you can adapt for an Instant Pot.

If you do adapt for an Instant Pot reduce the liquid by adding only 1:1 ratio.

Perfect Arborio Rice
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The Perfect way to cook Arborio Rice
Recipe type: American
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 cups
  • 2 TBS Butter or Margarine
  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth or stock
  1. Melt butter and heat oil in a dutch oven or pot
  2. Add onion and cook till translucent
  3. Add rice, stirring the rice and onions together, about 2 minutes, till rice absorbed all the oils.
  4. Stir in 1 cup broth. Stir until liquid is absorbed and milky looking
  5. Gradually add another cup of broth. Repeating the absorbing and milky looking consistency.
  6. Repeat previous step with the last cup of broth, except this time all liquid should be absorbed completely.