The Instant Pot has to be one of the most useful appliances in my kitchen. Whether you’re brilliant at cooking or have never set foot in the kitchen, the instant pot makes it easy to whip up a meal with little to no effort. Rice is often made right in the instant pot and it’s can turn out perfect.
Today I’ll be sharing some tips for cooking rice in the Instant Pot, and sharing my top ten Instant Pot Rice Recipes.
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What Makes Instant Pot Rice Special?What Makes Instant Pot Rice Special?
If you haven’t tried Instant Pot rice then you may find yourself asking, “what makes Instant Pot rice special?” Well here is the answer….. Instant Pot rice is quick, easy and simple to cook and it can turn out perfect every time, fluffy, soft and just as you like it.
You may here that instant pot rice is not so good, and it definitely doesn’t taste as good as traditional stovetop cooking. But I can assure you it’s all a myth!
I’m not the only one who thinks Instant Pot rice is great. Trust me, in my group Instant Pot recipes for beginners, members always talk about the fact they love Instant Pot rice. Some even say they will never cook rice any other way again!
Types of Instant Pot Rice
There are lots of types of rice you can cook in the Instant Pot. For example, you may want to cook plain white rice, jasmine rice, brown rice, basmati rice, wild rice or Instant Pot fried rice.
I’ve even cooked instant pot risotto and Jambalaya in the instant pot! There are so many options.
How to cook white rice in the instant pot
If you want to cook plain white fluffy rice in the Instant pot then you need to read this post: How To Cook Rice In The Instant Pot. It includes everything you need to know including instant pot rice settings, quantities and how long to cook instant pot rice.
Instant Pot rice serving size
I have a family of seven and we need to cook 2 1/2 cups of dried rice to feed the whole family. A serving size in my family would be two large cups of rice. For others you may want much less or much more.
How Much Water Do You Put in a Pressure Cooker for Rice?
The amount of water to put in your pressure cooker really is determined by the type of rice you use. Just like the cooking time changes, the ratio can also change. Check out our rice guide here!
Should I Use the Instant Pot Rice Setting?
You can use the general rice setting to cook your Instant Pot rice, however I prefer and would recommend using the manual button as different types of rice have different optimal cooking times and therefore not all rice cooks equally in your Instant Pot.
Tools for Instant Pot Rice
You don’t need any tools to cook rice in the Instant Pot. However if you want to cook rice and vegetables at the same time you can try pot in pot cooking and buy a pot in pot liner that will work perfectly.
Rinse Rice Before Cooking It In The Instant Pot
Rice needs to be rinsed before instant pot rice is cooked. This ensures all the excess starch is removed from the instant pot rice, ensuring perfect instant pot rice every time!
Also make sure you use instant pot rice exactly how it’s written in your recipe. Using substitutes like instant brown rice or instant parboiled instant pot rice will change the instant pot rice texture and taste.
Instant Pot Rice Dishes
Here are 10 instant pot rice dishes that you can make quickly and easily in your Instant Pot. These are my favourite Instant Pot rice recipes and can make great meals and sides to go alongside other Instant pot recipes.
Instant Pot White Fluffy Rice
We’ll begin with this delicious and simple recipe for Instant Pot White rice. Perfect in the instant pot every time, this white rice recipe is delicious, soft and fluffy and goes with many different dishes.
The Best Instant Pot Spanish Rice
Instant Pot Spanish Rice is the perfect instant pot rice dish to go with tacos, burritos or many other instant pot Mexican recipes.This instant pot rice recipe makes a delicious Spanish rice that is full of flavour and is so quick and easy.
Instant Pot Mushroom Rice Risotto
For instant pot risotto that is creamy, rich and delicious you need to try Instant Pot Mushroom Rice Risotto. This instant pot rice recipe is so easy to make thanks to the instant pot!
Instant Pot Rice Burrito Bowls
Have you ever tried a rice chicken burrito bowl? They are so delicious and filling! They come together so quickly and so easily because instant pot rice has already been cooked to perfection.
Instant Pot Greek Chicken And Rice
Greek Chicken and Rice is super tasty and this Mediterranean instant pot rice recipe is so easy to cook in your instant pot you’ll be wanting more!
Instant Pot Chicken Vegetable Rice
If you’re looking for instant pot recipes for chicken then this instant pot chicken vegetable rice recipe is perfect. This instant pot chicken and rice recipe comes together quickly and has delicious corn and flavours added for taste.
Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo
Arroz con Pollo when cooked in the instant pot is a delicious instant pot rice dish that is so easy to make. It has just the right amount of spice and flavour added, making it perfect for any weeknight and a great dish to go alongside instant pot chicken.
Saffron Rice Risotto With Chorizo
Try this Saffron and Chorizo rice risotto dish today! This instant pot risotto recipe is great as a main course or as a side dish. It takes about 12 minutes to cook and can be topped with instant pot cheese for an even more delicious meal!
Instant Pot Sesame Rice
Sesame Rice is such a tasty instant pot rice dish. This instant pot sesame rice recipe comes together quickly and makes the perfect side dish to go alongside your favourite homemade Chinese chicken dish such as sweet and sour chicken or my daughter’s favourite orange chicken recipe.
Instant Pot Cajun Jambalaya
Jambalaya is a fantastic one pot meal which includes instant pot rice, meat, vegetables and spices. Adding instant pot rice with jambalaya ingredients makes the perfect combination!
Instant Pot Rice Side Dishes
Whether your cooking a rice meal such as risotto or making one of your favourite instant pot rice side dishes I’m sure you will love these simple suggestions found here in this post.
Rice side dishes are fantastic especially when cooking large family meals or Sunday roasts. There is always a place for rice at family get togethers, during pot luck meals and even as part of your thanksgiving meal.
What is your favourite instant pot rice dish? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to pin this for later! Also, check out our high protein tuna recipes list. It’s a great post!
About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!