With these easy tips, you’ll see it’s simple to learn how to cook perfect rice in the Instant Pot with minimal measuring. The result is fluffy and flavorful rice that’s easy to prepare.
It took a while for me to finally bite the bullet and invest in an Instant Pot, but I talked in this post about how my obsession quickly began with this amazing appliance. I can honestly say that it’s the most used appliance in my house – I use it almost every day!
If you haven’t yet heard of the Instant Pot, let me introduce you: It’s an electric pressure cooker that has all these handy little buttons on it for cooking different things:
- Hardboiled Eggs: Just add a little water to the pot, place your eggs on the cooking rack (as many as you’d like), and press the “EGG” button – Perfect hardboiled eggs in just about 10 minutes. Perfect for using for these instant pot deviled eggs.
- Meat: You can cook meat and poultry from frozen or fresh and it always comes out tender and moist – Love!
- Slow Cooker: Use the Instant Pot just like you would use your crockpot – Set it to cook on low for any amount of time that you’d like, it will automatically turn to “WARM” when the time is up.
- Dried Beans: Cook them in under 30-minutes with no pre-soaking. Instant pot black beans, instant pot pinto beans and instant pot refried beans are some of my favorites!
Today I thought I’d share with you my “method” for how to cook perfect rice in the Instant Pot.
How do you make rice in the Instant Pot?
It’s very simple, but there are a couple changes that I make from my traditional recipe for perfect rice on the stovetop. First is the water ratio – While I generally use 1 cup rice to 1 ¼ cups water for my stovetop rice, in the Instant Pot, that ratio drops down to 1-to-1. 1 cup of water for every one cup of rice – You can make as little or as much Instant Pot rice as you’d like.
The reason for the reduced water is that the Instant Pot is more “sealed” than a traditional cooking pot, meaning less evaporation of water during the cooking process. Be sure to rinse that rice before adding it to the Instant Pot, to get rid of any additional starches – Just run it under water until the water is clear. The result is perfect Instant Pot rice that’s light and fluffy.
I also like to add in 1 teaspoon of oil for each cup of rice that I’m making – This not only prevents the rice from sticking to the pot, but it also cuts down on the foaming a bit so that your Instant Pot doesn’t sputter and spit. Plus, for perfect Instant Pot rice, I always add a pinch of salt for each cup of rice that I’m cooking, to flavor the rice right from the get-go.
Steps for making it:
- Rinse rice under cold running water until water runs clear.
- Add oil to Instant Pot along with the rinsed rice, water and salt.
- Lock the lid and set the steam valve to seal.
- Cook white rice for 4-8 minutes or r follow the cooking chart below.
- Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
- Fluff rice with a fork and serve.
If you’d like to add even more flavor and nutrition to your Instant Pot Rice, you could cook it in bone broth instead of water. I love to make bone broth in either my slow cooker or instant pot. All you need is some leftover meat bones and veggie scraps.
Most Instant Pot models will have a “RICE” button – This is the perfect button to use if you’re cooking white rice. If you’re cooking any other type of rice, be sure to follow the timing chart below – The water to rice ratio will remain the same.
Note that you still need to account for the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, and then for the natural pressure release. It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build, and then we will let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes too. So, in reality, you should add 20 minutes to the cooking time below. Hopefully that will be helpful with your dinner planning.
With these easy tips, you’ll see how simple it is to cook perfect rice in the Instant Pot. Have you jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet?
Be sure to check out my recipe for making perfect quinoa in the Instant Pot too!
More Instant Pot recipes:
- Instant Pot Butter Chicken
- The BEST Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup
- Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes (with Crispy Skins)
How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot
- 1 cup rice
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp . cooking oil
- 1 pinch salt
- Rinse rice under cold running water until the water runs clear.
- Add oil to the Instant Pot along with the rinsed rice (still damp), water and salt.
- Lock the lid and set the steam valve to its “sealing” position. Select the “RICE” button or follow the cooking chart below. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then release any remaining pressure. Fluff rice with a fork and serve.
- White & Basmati Rice: 4-8 minutes
- Brown Rice: 22-24 minutes
- Wild Rice: 25-30 minutes