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Arroz con Gandules Instant Pot Recipe

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This Arroz con Gandules Instant Pot Recipe is amazing and so easy to make your family is going to love it, so let's begin, shall we?

It is so full of flavor, and you are going to learn why many Puerto Ricans enjoy eating this delicious recipe.

Making Arroz con Gandules in an Instant Pot is a quick and easy way to enjoy the traditional Puerto Rican dish, combining rice, pigeon peas, pork, and spices for a flavorful one-pot meal.

Back to this recipe.

Gandules are pigeon peas, and you can use your favorite brand. As for the rice, use any white rice.

For this recipe, you are going to need Sofrito and Sazon, and if you don’t have sofrito, you can find the recipe here or purchase it!

You can make a homemade Sazon seasoning recipe MSG-free, gluten-free, filler ingredient-free, and salt and sugar-free when you follow this sazon recipe.

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This is going to give it that flavor you find when you eat authentic Puerto Rican Arroz con Gandules.

What are the ingredients to make Arroz con Gandules?

You can always head over to Walmart, create a shopping list, order your ingredients ahead, and pick up or have them delivered to your home.

To make this arroz con gandules using an Instant Pot, you are going to need:

Arroz con gandules plated

How to Make Instant Pot Arroz con Gandules

Here’s how to make this Arroz con Gandules Instant Pot. Now that you have the ingredients, let's make it!

  1. Hit the Sauté button, add olive oil, sofrito, olives, tomato sauce, and Sazon, and cook for about 3 minutes until everything is blended well.
  2. Add the gandules and saute for another minute or two.
  3. Add the chicken broth, salt, and pepper (to taste), and rice and stir. There's nothing wrong with tasting your rice right now before you seal it and cook it. That way, you will know if you want to add more salt and pepper.
  4. Cancel Sauté
  5. Hit rice for 12 minutes. Now, know that with the Instant Pot Duo we used, you can press rice, and 12 minutes is the auto time. The IP will stop cooking once the rice is done cooking.
  6. Let it rest for a few minutes before releasing pressure.

Your Arroz con Ganudes is ready to serve!

You can serve this with:

Instant Pot Instant Pot Arroz con Gandules

Instant Pot Arroz Con Gandules Recipe

Ready to make this Instant Pot Arroz con Gandules? Here's the recipe card with the exact measurements.

Arroz con Gandules Instant Pot Recipe

Arroz con Gandules Instant Pot Recipe

Yield: 8-10 Servings
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Authentic Puerto Rican Arroz con Gandules (Rice with pigeon peas) made using an Instant Pot.


  • 2 cups of white rice
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sofrito
  • 1 (15 oz) can of gandules (pigeon peas)
  • 1 Packet of sazon
  • 4 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of olives
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Hit Sauté button and add olive oil, sofrito, olives, tomato sauce, sazon and cook for about 3 minutes until everything is blended well.
  2. Add the gandules and sauté for another minute or two.
  3. Add the chicken broth and rice and stir
  4. Cancel Sauté
  5. Hit rice 12 minutes or Rice button and it will auto cook.
  6. Serve


You can use water instead of chicken broth.

You can use chicken bourbon.

You can skip the olives if you don't like them.

You can make your own Sazon by getting the recipe here.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 394mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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  9. I have made this countless times now and it never disappoints! It reminds me of an ex’s grandmother’s rice, sheer perfection!! So authentic and easy 🙂

  10. Is it possible to cut the recipe in half and would that mess up the cooking time in the ip? This will be my first time making rice in it.

  11. Have you tried doubling the recipe and it still came out good? If so, did you double the cook time exactly?

    1. You may have tried. I find there is never a need to increase the cook time. The more full the pot the longer it takes to get to pressure. I’m waiting on my doubles recipe right now.

  12. Ok I’ve made this recipe so many times and LOVE IT!!! I triple the recipe so I can have leftovers (family of 6 here) my one issue is the cooking time in the pressure cooker. I hit rice, it goes to 12 minutes and it’s on normal low pressure. Is this right? The first time it took forever to cook. Is that right? Or am I doing something wrong?

    1. Hi Tina!! I am glad you love this recipe!!! When it comes to an Instant Pot, from experience the more you add the longer it takes to come to pressure. So, no you are not doing anything wrong. Also, after many use and depending how old your IP (Instant Pot) it might need a new list ring. But no you are not doing anything wrong. The more you have in the liner the longer it takes to come to pressure. – Joyce

  13. I’m making this right now. After the 12 minutes, do I do natural release or quick release?

  14. I’ve made this multiple times. It’s delicious, but for some reason it burns everytime I pressure cook on high for 12 mins. I follow the recipe the same way, except I just use one whole can of tomato sauce (6oz) and instead of chicken stock, to reduce sodium, I replace it with 2 cups of water. Am I doing something wrong? How can I prevent it from burning?

    1. Hi, Sue! I am so sorry that you are getting burned. If you are using a new version of an Instant Pot, use the rice button instead. I don’t think you are doing anything wrong. These machines work differently. Make sure you add the rice last and stir it. Let me know if you have any other question.

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