Stick of butter rice is a Southern classic…Instant Pot stick of butter rice and steak dinner will have your family asking for seconds! Scroll down for video.
Stick of butter rice is a Southern classic…it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: some rice, an entire stick of butter, and some beef consommé (it has to be consommé, not just regular beef broth – though condensed French onion soup is pretty delicious too). My grandmother used to make it all the time when I was a kid, in her amber Pyrex baking dish, with Minute rice. We didn’t know it was called stick of butter rice; we just called it brown rice. No matter what the name, I could throw it down.
As with pretty much everything in my cooking repertoire, I was determined to turn stick of butter rice into Instant Pot stick of butter rice. Turns out it was pretty simple…but I decided I wanted to turn it into a full meal. I originally imagined this as Philly cheesesteak rice but then decided that the cheese I added was kind of moot and really just served to make it a lot more difficult to clean the Instant Pot (<–affiliate link) when I was finished.
A few tips for making a perfect dinner:
1) Don’t be scared of the butter
There is a lot of butter in this dish. I promise it’s worth it (butter is always worth it to me). This recipe actually makes about half the rice of a regular stick of butter rice recipe, but I still use a whole stick of butter, and that’s because of the vegetables. If you’ve ever sautéed mushrooms, you know that they soak up their cooking fat like crazy. The finished product is rich and buttery but not overpowering or greasy.
2) Not just any steak will do
Confession: I bought the wrong steak for the video. I got top round instead of sirloin tip steak. It was so much harder to shred. Get sirloin tip steak. You’ll be glad you did.
3) Use the rice setting on the Instant Pot
Sometimes I use the manual setting, but here I go on full automation and use the rice setting. When you add things to your Instant Pot with the rice, sometimes it doesn’t do a very good job of adjusting for extras and the rice ends up extremely mushy and overcooked. It totally works here, though.
4) You can totally leave all the other stuff out of this
If you want to serve this as a side dish for something else, just leave out the steak and the vegetables. I will give you specific instructions in the notes of the recipe.
Yield: 4 servings
10 minPrep Time:
35 minCook Time:
45 minTotal Time:
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 1 pound sirloin tip steak
- salt and pepper
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
- 8 ounces mushrooms (button or cremini), wiped clean and sliced
- 1 cup long grain white rice
- 1 can beef consommé
- Plug in the Instant Pot and press the "sauté" button. Place half of the butter in the Instant Pot and allow it to melt. While it is melting, cut the steak into 4 pieces and season both sides with salt and pepper.
- Sauté the steak pieces in the butter for about 2 minutes per side. Remove from the Instant Pot and set aside. Add the onions and peppers to the Instant Pot and sauté until they begin to soften. Add the mushrooms and sauté until the mushrooms begin to soften.
- Add the remaining butter to the Instant Pot and allow it to melt. Stir in the rice then the consommé. Lay the steak pieces on top of the rice.
- Turn the Instant Pot off and cover with the lid. Make sure the vent is set to "sealing". Press the "rice" button. Make sure the time is set to 12 minutes.
- When the Instant Pot is finished cooking, turn the Instant Pot off or unplug it. Quick release the pressure by turning the vent to "venting". Remove the lid.
- Remove the steak and shred it. Add the shredded steak back to the Instant Pot and stir it in. Serve immediately.
1) Cook time includes inactive time when the pot is coming to pressure. 2) To make this without the vegetables and steak, omit 4 tablespoons of the butter. Melt the butter in the Instant Pot using the sauté function then add the rice and the consommé. Turn the Instant Pot off, cover with the steam release set to sealing, and manually set the Instant Pot to low pressure for 3 minutes. Quick release the steam when the rice is finished cooking. Fluff with a fork and serve.
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