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Easy Instant Pot Brown Rice

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Unlock the secret to perfectly cooked brown rice without the hassle – our Easy Instant Pot Brown Rice recipe is here to simplify your kitchen adventures. Embrace the nutty goodness and chewy texture of brown rice, effortlessly achieved with the convenience of your Instant Pot.

Brown rice pairs perfectly with our Instant Pot Broccoli and Beef and Instant Pot Butter Chicken recipes.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy: Cooking Instant Pot brown rice is simple and straightforward.
  • Fast: The Instant Pot reduces cooking time significantly.
  • Versatile: This rice is a great base for many dishes.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Long Grain Brown Rice: Has a nutty flavor and chewy texture.
  • Water: Steams the grains to perfection, making them fluffy and tender.
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How to Make Instant Pot Brown Rice?

Step One: Add Brown Rice To The Instant Pot

Place water into the electric pressure cooker. Add the rinsed rice and stir.

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Step Two: Pressure Cook Brown Rice

Cover the electric pressure cooker and set the valve to sealing. Program the electric pressure cooker using “manual” or “pressure cook” for 15 minutes.

Step Three: Naturally Release Pressure

Allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes prior to quickly releasing the rest of the pressure.

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Step Four: Fluff The Rice

Carefully remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.

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Step Five: Serve

Your brown rice is now ready to serve!

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Cooking Tips

  • Rinse: Rinse the rice to remove excess starch, preventing stickiness.
  • Right Ratio: Use a 1:1 ratio of rice to water for optimal texture.
  • Natural Release: Allow for natural pressure release to avoid mushy rice.
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Variations

  • Flavorful Sauteed Brown Rice: Saute aromatics like garlic, onions, or shallots in oil using the ‘sauté’ function before adding rinsed brown rice and water, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Mexican Inspired Brown Rice: Infuse a Mexican twist by sautéing diced tomatoes, onions, and a pinch of cumin in the Instant Pot with oil before incorporating brown rice and water. Cook under pressure for a tasty Mexican-style brown rice.
  • Coconut Curry Brown Rice: Create a fusion dish by sautéing curry paste, ginger, and garlic in coconut oil using the ‘sauté’ function. Add brown rice, coconut milk, and water before pressure cooking for a delightful coconut curry brown rice.

Different Types Of Brown Rice

  • Brown Basmati Rice: Substitute regular brown rice with brown basmati rice, maintaining the same water ratio and cooking time.
  • Brown Jasmine Rice: Replace regular brown rice with fragrant brown jasmine rice without changing cooking time or water ratio.
  • Short Grain Brown Rice: For a stickier texture, use short grain brown rice instead of regular brown rice. Keep the same ratio and cooking time.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Cool Down: Allow the cooked brown rice to cool down to room temperature. Do not leave it at room temperature for more than two hours to avoid the growth of bacteria.

Storage: Transfer the cooled leftover rice into airtight containers or resealable plastic bags. Make sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing.

Refrigerate or Freeze: Place the sealed containers or bags in the refrigerator if you plan to use them within five days. For longer storage, put them in the freezer for 1 to 2 months.

Reheating: When ready to eat, if refrigerated, warm the rice in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring halfway through. If frozen, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Always ensure the rice is steaming hot throughout before eating.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Stir-Fried Vegetables: A colorful array of stir-fried veggies like bell peppers, broccoli, and zucchini would complement the earthiness of the brown rice.
  • Chicken Breasts or Tofu: Both options can be flavored to preference, adding a savory touch to your meal.
  • Curries: Whether it’s a coconut chicken curry or a chicken tikka masala, the flavors soak into the brown rice making for a satisfying combination.
  • Fish Fillets: Grilled or baked fish fillets, such as salmon or cod, a choice that pairs excellently with the hearty brown rice.
  • Bean-Based Dishes: Pair brown rice with bean-based dishes like black beans, kidney beans, or chickpeas. You can create a hearty and protein-rich meal by combining rice with beans in a variety of ways, such as burrito bowls or bean stews.

FAQ’S

Can I Add Olive Oil To Brown Rice?

Yes, adding a little oil or butter can enhance the flavor and prevent sticking.

How Much Cooked Rice Does One Cup Of Raw Brown Rice Yield?

One cup of raw brown rice typically yields about 3 cups of cooked rice.

Can I Cook Brown Rice In A Regular Rice Cooker?

Yes, you can cook brown rice in a regular rice cooker. The water to rice ratio is typically 2:1, and the cooking time is longer than white rice, usually around 45 minutes to an hour.

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Instant Pot Brown Rice

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Effortlessly delicious Instant Pot brown rice for a quick and wholesome meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Brown Rice
  • 2 Cups Water

Instructions

  1. Place water into the electric pressure cooker. Add the rinsed rice and stir.
  2. Cover the electric pressure cooker and set the valve to sealing. Program the electric pressure cooker using “manual” or “pressure cook” for 15 minutes.
  3. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes prior to quickly releasing the rest of the pressure.
  4. Carefully remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
  5. Your brown rice is now ready to serve!

Notes

  • Rinse: Rinse the rice to remove excess starch, preventing stickiness.
  • Right Ratio: Use a 1:1.25 ratio of rice to water for optimal texture.
  • Natural Release: Allow for natural pressure release to avoid mushy rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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