How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot

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. | platingsandpairings.com

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.

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. | platingsandpairings.com

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. | platingsandpairings.comIt 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.
  • 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.

Today I thought I’d share with you my “method” for how to cook perfect 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.

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. | platingsandpairings.com

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?

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. | platingsandpairings.com

How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot

Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Time for pressure to build and release: 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 168 kcal
Author: Erin
With these tips you’ll see it's simple to learn how to cook perfect rice in the Instant Pot . The result is fluffy & flavorful rice that’s easy to prepare with minimal measuring.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp . cooking oil
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse rice under cold running water until the water runs clear.
  2. Add oil to the Instant Pot along with the rinsed rice (still damp), water and salt.
  3. 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.

Recipe Notes

  • White & Basmati Rice: 4-8 minutes
  • Brown Rice: 22-24 minutes
  • Wild Rice: 25-30 minutes
Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168
% Daily Value*
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Protein 3g 6%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 2.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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. | platingsandpairings.com

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74 comments

  1. Meredith

    8 minutes?! That is amazing!

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    1. Erin

      I’m all about quick rice – It always seems to be a bit of an afterthought!

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    2. Al

      Well… I love my instant pot, but you’re looking at about 2-5 minutes for it to come to pressure and with a 10 minute natural pressure release, your actually looking at about 20 mins altogether.

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      1. Erin

        I agree with you Al – I think that the most beneficial part about the Instant Pot is just the “hands off” aspect.

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      2. Bobbie

        Thanks! (.. for the reminder about the actual time it takes to build pressure not being included in the 8 minutes.)

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  2. Pech

    I have a rice cooker, and can’t imagine going back to making rice in a regular pot because it’s so nice to put the rice and water and just press a button and then focus on making the main components to go with the rice instead of thinking about the rice

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    1. Erin

      The Instant Pot works just like a rice cooker – So simple!

      Reply

  3. Create/Enjoy

    Heck yes!! Love the Instant Pot and it is SO fast for rice! Hadn’t thought to use oil, I should try that next time!

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  4. Mary

    I think I’m the last person on earth to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon. I’m a low and slow gal through and through I guess. Though I am crazy curious about this whole world of cooking! I’ve been very very tempted to look into one after reading recipe after recipe from this miracle appliance!

    And ironically I was thinking to myself just last night as I made some fried rice for my kids that I can cook a mean meal, better than your average joe, but I simply cannot cook perfect rice. I either burn it or make it soggy. Seriously, every time! And no, I don’t own a rice cooker either.

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    1. Erin

      Rice is just SO tricky – I think it’s all about getting that perfect balance between rice and water!

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      1. Emily

        My rule of thumb for non-mushy rice, almost drier, rice is a 1:1 ratio.

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      2. DC

        I followed the recipe and the rice came out crunchy….?

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        1. Erin

          Hmmmm… I’m sorry that happened for you DC. One thing it could have been is that the Instant Pot was not sealed properly? Did the valve pop up during the cooking process?

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        2. Ekho

          The recipe doesn’t call for enough water- it should be a 2:1 ratio of water to rice. I had the same problem the first time, doubled the water, and it came out great on the second.

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  5. Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman

    I have had an InstaPot for over a year, but I definitely haven’t used it to its full potential yet. I need to work on that. I’m with Pech though – I can’t imagine life without my trusty little rice cooker anymore.

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  6. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    Love the tip for adding oil and how you lay out the different times for different kinds of rice. So helpful!

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  7. Michele

    I have yet to jump on the Instapot train but it seems that everyone I know has one! I’m planning to share your recipe with those folks. And I’m making rice in my rice cooker tonight and will try a smudge of oil just to see if I can lessen the sputtering and spitting. Often times, I just put it in the sink to cook in order to reduce my post-rice cooker cleanup.

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    1. Erin

      It took me a while to jump onboard the Instant Pot train, but I’m definitely a convert now!

      Reply

  8. Angie

    I have brown basmati rice. Do you suggest going with the longer time frame or basmati cooking time? Thank you!

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    1. Erin

      Hi Angie – I would cook brown basmati rice for the same amount of time as traditional brown rice (22 minutes). Enjoy!

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      1. Tamara

        On hi pressure or low pressure?

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        1. Erin

          You should set the Instant Pot to high pressure.

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          1. Michelle G

            My Instant Pot shows low pressure when I click on the “Rice” settting

  9. Barb Baxter

    I just tried this with a pearl rice, I set it for 6 min and it was a little over done, so will try 5 min next time. Out of curiosity, what kind of rice would you use with the rice setting, which is 12 minutes, and can’t be changed.

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    1. Erin

      Hi Barb – I’m not quite sure why the rice button is there, because cooking times can vary SO much! Here’s a helpful cooking chart for different grains in the Instant Pot.

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  10. Lisa

    I am confused about the Pressure button. When I turn on my Pot the pressure is default to low. I have tried cooking my rice without changing it and the rice is watery. If I change it to High the then I get wonderful rice. I notice it is not mentioned in the recipes to change the pressure setting. Is my pot not set up right? I live about 6,000 ft. Is that the reason for the need for higher pressure. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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    1. Erin

      Hi Lisa – I would always cook on HIGH pressure. I hope this helps!

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  11. Dawn Owens

    Is there a trick to making rice and chicken strips at the same time?
    I love to cook my meals all together and at times I will use chicken broth instead of water to cook my rice in. Any tips??

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    1. Erin

      To be honest Dawn, I haven’t tried it… Are you wanting the chicken strips separate from the rice? I would maybe put the rice below and then insert that metal basket upside down so that the strips are lifted off of the rice. Like, place them on that metal sling…? I have a feeling the chicken may cook a lot faster than the rice though, but perhaps with the steam, it won’t dry out…? I think I need to put this to the test!

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    2. Helen

      You could saute the chicken first, i do it with onions and a little fajitis seasoning, i then just add my water and rice and put the cooker on rice and let the PO go.

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      1. Erin

        That sounds really yummy Helen!

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  12. sarah

    Do you put it on manual to change it to 8 minutes for white rice? I put it on the rice but it automatically does 12 minutes not 8. Or there’s also the multigrain that does high pressure instead of low pressure and you can adjust the minutes. Is that the one you use?

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    1. Erin

      Hi! Turn the Instant Pot to Manual and then adjust the time. Hope this helps!

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  13. Alicia

    Okay, so I am brand new to the Instant pot and I am wondering about the water/rice ratio. I always use brown rice but do 2 cups water for every cup rice. Is it really one/one? If so, why such a difference?

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    1. Erin

      Hi Alicia – In the Instant Pot, there’s very little evaporation of the water. That’s why the water-to-rice ratio is so different.

      Reply

  14. Anna

    If I double the recipe, do I double the cooking time? Thanks!

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    1. Erin

      No need to double the cooking time Anna – It should take the same amount of time.

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      1. Bekah Southern

        Tha KS for asking this question, I was about to until I read through the posts. Trying now with a double batch in high pressure for 10 min. Wish me luck

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        1. Bekah Southern

          It was perfect! 👌

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  15. Corinne Poulten

    Hi
    Is it a straight normal cup measurement for water and rice or a normal cup for the water but a rice cup measure for the rice?
    Thanks:)

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    1. Erin

      You should use the same measurement for both… I tend to use a measuring cup.

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  16. Sabine Haynes

    Do you put boiling water in the instant pot or cold water.

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    1. Erin

      The water should be cold.

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  17. Yolanda

    I am thinking of getting a 8 qt instant pot but when I cook rice I only need 2 cups usually. Would two cups of water be enought to start the pressurized process in the 8 qt pot? Or should I just get a 6 qt? (I really wanted the extra capacity for cooking larger portions although there is only 2 adults and 2 kids in the house).

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    1. Erin

      Hi Yolanda – This should come out just fine when using the 8-quart Instant Pot too.

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  18. crystal

    I like adding minced garlic into my rice after it’s done cooking – but that’s with a regular rice cooker.
    Do you think adding minced garlic into the InstaPot, with the rice and water before cooking, will be okay?

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    1. Erin

      That sounds great Crystal – I think that should work… I’d love to hear back if you try it. Maybe you could try leaving the cloves whole? They may get softened and then you can mash them into the rice…?

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  19. Joey

    Hi! I just got my IP and haven’t cooked rice yet….this might be a dumb question but, can I use Instant rice?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Joey – I would not use instant rice.

      Reply

  20. Roxanne Snegirev

    How many cups of rice can u cook in a small pot?

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  21. Chris

    Not sure what’s wrong but with rice + vegetables, with RICE button selected, cook time takes about 30-40 minutes and seem to defeat the “instant” part of this instant pot. Why’s that?

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    1. Erin

      I would bypass the “RICE” button and just use the manual button – Hope this helps Chris!

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    2. Frank

      Yeah, that’s the biggest secret with IP; everyone hypes up the quick “cooking time” but forgets the “total time” is way longer. This recipe took me 35 minutes: 15 minutes for IP to “warm up,” 10 to cook (used “Rice” button), then 10 to release pressure. Where’s the time savings over a normal rice cooker? Do you have to cook a huge amount? At a minimum, could you please revise your noted “total time” on this recipe to at least 30 minutes?

      Reply

  22. Lu Anne

    I”m confused about the directions “let the pressure…release naturally” . What does that mean? There are two places for the pressure thingy to be. Is it on the pressure side or the release side??

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  23. donald

    Almost every recipe I see for the Instant Pot ignores the wait time for the pressure to be released. WHY do people not add this to the complete time of the recipe???

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  24. Beverly Hembree

    I followed your directions exactly and the rice came out perfectly! Thank you!

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    1. Erin

      So happy to hear that Beverly!

      Reply

  25. Lynne STANFORD

    Can I substitute butter for the cooking oil? TIA

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    1. Erin

      Hi Lynne – Butter should work in this recipe as well.

      Reply

  26. Andy

    One way to avoid all the rinsing: sauté the rice in oil first. I set my instant pot to sauté and when it’s hot I add a couple tablespoons of coconut oil. Add the rice and sauté for a couple minutes stirring the rice. Add the water, close the IP and start the pressure cooking process. Not only does the rice come out perfect with separate grains, you convert a small amount of the starches that would have made it sticky into “resistant starch”. You can’t digest resistant starches so they don’t contribute calories to your diet, but more importantly the gut bacteria that keep your colon healthy and operating correctly need that resistant starch to survive. Feed your gut!

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    1. Erin

      Love the idea to use coconut oil Andy!

      Reply

  27. Joshua

    Why do so many recipes on the internet have to start out with a story or drawn-out explanation? I’m not interested in seeing all of the pictures or any backstory behind it. I just want the recipe and the instructions. Anything else is a waste of time.

    I’m not trying to be mean, it’s just way too often that this happens. I can’t be the only one who feels this way.

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    1. Erin

      No worries Joshua – If you don’t feel like reading the whole post, there’s a handy button at the top to jump right to the recipe. Cheers!

      Reply

  28. JL

    I’ve mastered chili and pork carnitas, but needed to try rice and grains. Thanks for this! I followed exactly and the rice was perfection. I’ve never been able to get it to the right texture on the stove top and never bought a rice cooker. So this is great. If folks are wondering, I just used the Rice Button on my IP. When it was done, I set a timer for 10 mins and just took the lid off. Thanks again!

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    1. Erin

      I’m so happy to hear that this worked out for you!

      Reply

  29. Dallas

    I just got my ip don’t know how to do rice in it? can you tell me? Do I use extra water in it or just in the rice?

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  30. JENNIFER LIEBERENZ

    I am so lost! lol. I can’t find the “time chart” mentioned? Was it removed?

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    1. Erin

      Hi Jennifer – There is a timing chart right below the recipe. It’s not really a “chart” per se, I should probably change the wording.

      Reply

  31. LilGin

    Beautiful pictures!

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  32. Curly

    This is a solid recipe. No complaints on the quality.

    But I agree with a few other users. The cook time should say 8 minutes, but your Total Time should be realistic and not 8 minutes. It should be the pressure time, which could be another 10 minutes, then another 10 at the end for natural release. So why not say 25 or 30 minutes for Total Time.

    Its the same story with anything else you cook in the instant pot. You always need to build in an additional 10-20 minutes for the pressure to build.

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    1. Erin

      Thanks for pointing that out Curly – I’ve revised the recipe to reflect that information.

      Reply

  33. Jan

    I need advice….hosting dinner party for 10, I have a 6-qt. IP, how much rice should I make, and for how long in IP?? Thanks

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    1. Erin

      Hi Jan – I would cook 3 cups of dried white rice. It should take the same amount of cooking time. Hope this helps!

      Reply

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