With this easy Instant Pot Rice recipe, you’ll see it’s simple to make fluffy rice with minimal measuring and perfect results every time. With directions for white rice, basmati, jasmine and brown.
Today I thought I’d share with you my “method” for how to cook perfect rice in the Instant Pot.
What is the ratio of water to rice in the Instant Pot?
- 1:1 – While you generally use 1 cup rice to 1 ¼ cups water for stovetop rice, in the Instant Pot, that ratio drops down to 1:1, aka 1 cup of water for every one cup of rice.
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.
How do you make Instant Pot rice?
- 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.
Tips for Making Instant Pot Rice
- Rinsing: Be sure to rinse the rice before adding it to the pot, to get rid of any additional starches. Just run it under water until the water is clear. The result is rice that’s light and fluffy.
- Oil: I 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.
- Salt: I add a pinch of salt for each cup of rice that I’m cooking, to flavor the rice right from the get-go.
- Adding Flavor: If you’d like to add even more flavor and nutrition you can cook it in broth instead of water. I love making instant pot bone broth and slow cooker bone broth. All you need is some leftover meat bones and veggie scraps.
How long does it take to cook rice in the Instant Pot?
- White Rice: 4-8 minutes
- Brown Rice: 22-24 minutes
- Jasmine Rice: 4-8 minutes
- Basmati Rice: 4-8 minutes
- Wild Rice: 25-30 minutes
- Total Time: 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.
- 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.
How much rice can I cook in my Instant Pot?
The recipe below is for cooking 1 cup of rice, which will yield about 3 cups of cooked rice. But the recipe can be easily adjusted using the recipe card below (just click the 2x or 3x button).
Depending on the size of your instant pot, you can cook the following amounts of rice:
- 6-Quart Instant Pot: You can cook up to 4 cups of dry rice, which will make about 12 cups of cooked rice.
- 8-Quart Instant Pot: You can cook up to 6 cups of dry rice, which will make 18 cups of cooked rice.
Note: The water to rice ratio (1:1) and cook time will stay the same regardless of the amount of rice you are cooking.
Storing and reheating
Storing – Let your rice cool to room temperature, then refrigerate it in an airtight container for 4 to 5 days.
Freezing – Seal the cooled leftovers in a freezer-friendly bag or container and freeze for 4 to 5 months.
Reheating – If frozen, thaw the rice in the fridge before reheating. If the grains seem dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water and reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Repeat until the rice is hot and fluffy.
Rice is fantastic served hot or chilled. Use a hot and fresh batch of delicious rice to go with:
- Spicy Peanut Tofu Bowls
- Thai Beef Stir Fry
- Ginger Veggie Stir Fry
- Turkey Swedish Meatballs
- Mongolian Beef
- Lamb Stir Fry with Green Beans
Or chill your rice to serve with:
More Rice Recipes
- Instant Pot Fried Rice
- Toasted Rice Powder
- Rice Cooker Rice
- Instant Pot Red Beans & Rice
- Bacon Fried Rice
More Instant Pot Recipes
- Instant Pot Butter Chicken
- Instant Pot Quinoa
- Instant Pot Salmon
- Instant Pot Carnitas
- Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Instant Pot Weight Loss Soup
- Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes (with Crispy Skins)
Instant Pot Rice Recipe
- 1 cup rice
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon cooking oil (olive oil, vegetable oil, canola 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 (if cooking white rice) 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, Jasmine & Basmati Rice: 4-8 minutes
- Brown Rice: 22-24 minutes
- Wild Rice: 25-30 minutes
More Perfect Whole Grains
- How to Cook Perfect Quinoa in the Instant Pot
- The Best Instant Pot Farro
- Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Instant Pot Risotto
This recipe was originally published in 2017. It was updated in 2022 to add new photos.
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