Rice with Green Pigeon Peas – Instant Pot

  • Author: Aida's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 12 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


A moist, tender and fluffy tropical rice with green pigeon peas prepared in 4 minutes, using the Instant Pot pressure cooker.



  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt (low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 3 sprigs chopped cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 pimiento-stuffed green olive, cut in halves
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • ½ cup lean ham (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sofrito
  • 1 seasoning envelope with coriander and annatto
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cans (15 ounces) green pigeon peas with liquid
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice


  1. Read the entire User’s Manual before operating your Instant Pot.
  2. Rinse the rice.
  3. Press the Sauté button.  Change the temperature to “Less.”
  4. Press the “Minus” button to change the sautéing time to 8 minutes.
  5. Add all the ingredients except for water, pigeon peas and rice.  Stir until well blended and sauté for 8 minutes.
  6. Press “Cancel” button to stop the sautéing process.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients:  water, pigeon peas and rice.  Stir rice well into liquid.
  8. Cover pressure cooker with lid in lock position.  Turn Steam Release Handle to the Sealing position.
  9. Select Pressure Cook button.  Cook at High Pressure.  Press the “Minus” button to decrease the time for 4 minutes.
  10. When pressure cooking is done, use natural release for 10 minutes.  Press the Cancel button.
  11. Release the remaining pressure by turning the Steam Release Handle to Venting position for a Quick Release.
  12. Remove lid when the pressure is completely released and the float valve drops down.
  13. Stir rice and serve with your favorite meat if you so desire.


If you omit the liquid from the can of pigeon peas, then add 2 cups of water.

Visit my Website ( for the ingredients on how to create your own special blend of seasoning and how to prepare sofrito for a single meal.   You will find the same information on Page 14 and Page 19 of my cookbook – Aida’s Kitchen a lo Boricua.

  • Category: Rice and Grains
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican