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Instant Pot Lemon Saffron Risotto Starter

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Our mouthwatering risotto starter makes the most of your Instant Pot. It features a blend of Arborio rice, saffron, citrus, shallots and fragrant spices and can be prepared quickly – simply mix with water or chicken stock and pressure cook for six minutes, then add butter, Parmesan cheese and salt. See Instructions tab for complete recipe.

  • 11 oz.
  • Makes 4-6 servings.
  • Made in USA.
  • Rice, salt, contains 2% or less of shallots, cheese flavor (Parmesan cheese [pasteurized part-skim milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes], sodium phosphate, salt, lactic acid), natural flavor, sunflower oil, Parmesan cheese flavor (maltodextrin, whey solids, natural Parmesan cheese flavor, salt), spice, lemon peel, lemon powder (rice maltodextrin, lemon juice concentrate, lemon oil), butter flavor (whey solids, enzyme modified butter, maltodextrin, salt, dehydrated butter, guar gum, annatto, turmeric), citric acid, saffron.
  • This product is prepared and packaged using machines that may come in contact with wheat/gluten, tree nuts, sesame, eggs, milk, soy, mustard.

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Instructions for Instant Pot Lemon and Saffron Risotto Starter


1 jar risotto starter

4 cups (1 l) water or low-sodium chicken broth

4 Tbs. (60 g) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

1/2 to 1 cup (60 to 125 g) grated Parmesan cheese

Kosher salt

Lemon wedges for serving


Combine the starter and water in an Instant Pot®. Lock the lid in place, seal and set to cook at high pressure for 6 minutes. When pressure cooking is complete, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining steam.

Carefully remove the lid, then remove the inner pot from the cooker to prevent the risotto from overcooking. Stir in the butter and Parmesan as desired. Season with salt and serve with lemon wedges alongside.

Serves 4 to 6.

Timing Notes:

  • Prep: 1 minute
  • Up to Pressure: 12 minutes
  • Under Pressure: 6 minutes
  • Release Pressure: 12 minutes
  • Total: 31 minutes

–Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen

Note: For instructions on using this product with Instant Pot Max or stovetop pressure cookers, visit

  • Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Money Unfortunately this is one of the worst products I've ever bought from Williams Sonoma. The consistency of the risotto was good but the taste was awful! It tasted like plastic and I was worried I would get sick after eating it! They really need to remove it from the shelves.
    Date published: 2019-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I browned 6 chicken cutlets in grape seed oil and seasoned chicken with sea salt and pepper. Then put risotto on top, covered in 4c chicken broth, and added a bundle of asparagus tips. Followed the label instructions for cooking time and adding butter and 1cup parm/Romano cheeses. Delicious.
    Date published: 2019-03-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from do not buy this......... I was hoping all the reviews were wrong and guess what everyone is right. this is totally garbage and truly tasted like melted plastic and chemical. I had to throw it all away. I find it unbelievable that WS continues to sell this awful product.
    Date published: 2019-03-18
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Inedible! This was terrible! I should have known when I opened the jar, but I thought it might smell/taste better after cooking. Nope. I threw it out.
    Date published: 2019-03-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad After Taste I was excited to buy this at the store. After making the risotto, it has a clorine after taste. I use bottled water to cook.
    Date published: 2019-03-03
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disgusting, waste of money The store clerk highly recommended this product and now I know she was just trying to increase her sale. I should have read the reviews first. It tasted like plastic mixed with chemicals. I tried adding additional seasoning and gave up and ended up dumping the entire thing in the trash and starting dinner over. Don't waste your money on this.
    Date published: 2019-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good I actually really liked this starter. I am not sure why other users are saying there is a plastic taste, but I didn’t taste it and neither did anyone else who ate it. I threw some rotisserie chicken that I had left over with the other ingredients when I made the Risotto, so maybe that changed the taste. I made it according to the directions, only adding in the chicken. I love it and will reorder.
    Date published: 2019-02-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible!! This product was gross. It smelled like plastic and tasted like plastic. For this upscale store to sell something like this at the price of $12.00 a bottle is ridiculous. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.
    Date published: 2019-02-01
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