Pressure Cooker Wild Rice and Barley Pilaf

We call for the quick-cooking pearl barley in this pressure cooker side dish to ensure proper and even doneness.

brown bowl of Wild Rice and Barley Pilaf with wooden spoon
Photo: Jacob Fox
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Pressure Cook Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 cups


  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

  • cup chopped yellow sweet pepper

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • ¾ cup wild rice, rinsed

  • ½ cup quick-cooking barley*

  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds

  • ¼ cup chopped green onions

  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted


  1. Place a 6-qt. multifunction electric pressure cooker on Sauté setting. Add 1 Tbsp. of the oil. When oil is hot, add yellow pepper; cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in next three ingredients (through barley).

  2. Lock lid in place. Set on High Pressure to cook 25 minutes. Release pressure quickly. Open lid carefully.

  3. While rice mixture is cooking, combine next five ingredients (through black pepper) and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil. Stir vinaigrette into cooked rice mixture. Cover and let stand 10 minutes, then stir in remaining ingredients.


It is important to use the quick-cooking pearl barley in this recipe to ensure proper and even doneness.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

190 Calories
7g Fat
27g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 190
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 24.7mg 124%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 242mg 5%
Folate, total 26.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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