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Chimichurri Rice

  • Author: Kris
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Chimichurri Rice is a vibrant and flavor packed side dish. Not only does it look great on the table, but it pairs well with so many cuisines.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • water - 3 cups for rice cooker or 1 1/2 cups for instant pot
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, small dice
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, small dice
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup chimichurri sauce


  1. First rinse the rice under cold running water for 1-2 minutes until it runs clear.
  2. Then add to the rice cooker or instant pot along with the water and 1/2 tsp of the salt.
  3. If using a rice cooker choose the white rice setting and for the instant pot cook on high for 6 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.
  4. While the rice is cooking, heat oil in a pan over medium heat and then add in onion, red peppers, the remaining 1/4 tsp of salt, and black pepper.  Cook for 5 minutes until softened.  Then remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. When the rice is done transfer it to a large bowl and mix in the onions and peppers.  Then stir in the chimichurri sauce until combined.



  • Make sure to rinse your rice! It just takes a minute or two, but it's worth it. Trust me.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: South American


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 504

Keywords: vegan, chimichurri, rice, parsley, side dish, gluten-free, dairy-free