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How to Cook Instant Pot Rice

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Discovering the secrets to cooking perfect, white, and fluffy rice in your Instant Pot is easier than you think. In this straightforward guide, we’ll show you how to cook Instant Pot Rice with step-by-step instructions. Whether you’re a kitchen beginner or looking to simplify your cooking routine, get ready to ace the art of making flawless rice. You won’t need a rice cooker ever again!

This rice recipe will go great with our Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Chicken or this easy Instant Pot Chinese Pork recipe.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Perfect Consistency: This method delivers flawlessly fluffy and tender rice every time.
  • Effortless Preparation: The Instant Pot simplifies the process, no constant stirring needed.
  • Versatile Side: This rice pairs well with a variety of dishes or sauces.

Recipe Ingredients

  • White Rice: The star of the show, white rice serves as a versatile base, transforming under pressure cooking into fluffy, tender grains.
  • Olive Oil: A touch of olive oil prevents the rice from sticking to the pot and adds a subtle richness that enhances the overall flavor.
  • Water: Steams under pressure to create the perfect texture – not too hard, not too soft.
  • Dried Parsley (For Garnish): A sprinkle of dried parsley adds a pop of color and a hint of freshness, elevating the visual appeal and taste of the dish.
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How to Make Instant Pot Rice

Here are your instructions for cooking rice in the Instant Pot.

Step 1: Add Oil

Add olive oil to Instant Pot.

Step 2: Add Rice And Water

Rinse rice using a fine mesh strainer. Place one cup of rice in Instant Pot, then pour 1 cup of water over rice.

Step 3: Secure Instant Pot Lid

Secure lid on instant pot and set the seal.

Step 4: Pressure Cook Rice

Set the pressure cooker button for 5 minutes and cook.

Step 5: Release Steam

Next, let your Instant Pot count down and quick release the steam, fluff rice and serve.

Step 6: Garnish And Serve

Sprinkle with dried parsley if desired.

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Cooking Tips

  • Fluff with a Fork: Gently fluff the rice with a fork, moving from the edges towards the center. Using a fork helps separate the grains without crushing them, ensuring a light and fluffy texture.
  • Proper Liquid Ratio: Ensure you have enough liquid in the pot. Insufficient liquid can cause the food to stick to the bottom and trigger the burn notice. Follow the recommended liquid-to-food ratio in your recipe.
  • Max Fill Limit: Never fill your rice and water more than half way as it needs space to absorb and expand.
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Herbs I Can Add To Instant Pot Rice

If you’re looking for alternatives to parsley to add flavor and freshness to your rice, consider these options:

  • Cilantro: This herb has a bright, citrusy flavor and pairs well with a variety of dishes, including rice.
  • Chives: Chopped chives can add a mild onion flavor and a pop of green color to your rice.
  • Basil: Fresh basil leaves can add a sweet and slightly peppery flavor to your rice.
  • Dill: Dill has a unique flavor that complements rice well, offering a slightly tangy and herbal taste.
  • Thyme: Fresh thyme leaves or dried thyme can add an earthy and savory note to your rice.
  • Oregano: Especially if your dish has Mediterranean flavors, oregano can be a great substitute for parsley.

If you love to experiment with flavors then be sure to check out our Instant Pot Spanish Rice recipe.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Storing Instant Pot Rice: Store leftover Instant Pot rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, ensuring it cools to room temperature before refrigerating to maintain freshness and prevent bacterial growth.

Can I Freeze Cooked Rice? Yes, you can freeze cooked rice; whether it it’s white rice, Instant pot brown rice or fried rice, your rice can be frozen. Allow it to cool to room temperature, place it in a sealed, airtight container or freezer bag, and it can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months for later use.

Can I Reheat Rice? Yes, you can! You can add your rice to a pot with 1/4 cup of water and re-heat it over the stove.

Do Different Kinds of Rice Have Different Cooking Times?

Yes, they definitely do. If you’re cooking brown or wild rice, it will take much longer to come up to pressure and release all steam as well as cook through.

Other Instant Pot Rice Times

If you are cooking something other than long grain white rice, here are the cooking times:

  • To cook basmati (white) rice: 4-8 minutes
  • To cook jasmine rice: 3-5 minutes
  • To cook brown rice (long/short): 22-28 minutes
  • To cook wild rice 25-30 minutes
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FAQ’s

How Much Water Do I Need to Use?

The general rule of thumb when it comes to rice ratio is that you need 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water for every one cup of Instant Pot rice. If you add more, the rice will get mushy. If you add less, it will burn at the bottom.

If cooking brown rice or wild rice, double all ingredients to make sure they cook thoroughly through.

Exactly How Long Should I Cook My Rice?

Altitude, or where you live, plays a big role in how long you should cook your rice. So, if the recipe you find doesn’t quite work it may be due to where you live.

If you found the rice to be dry or got a burn notice, try taking a couple minutes off. If you open your pressure cooker and fine that there is water not absorbed by the rice, you will want to cook it a minute or 2 longer.

Can I Use My Rice Button?

The Instant Pot rice button is not for all rice. It was designed for the ever-popular parboiled or long grain white rice. so yes you can use it for regular rice.

If using a different type of rice be sure to check our rice cooking times guide.

My Rice Is Sticking to the Bottom

Did you do a quick release or a natural release? One of the reasons rice will stick to the bottom is if you leave it to naturally release slowly. This can cause the rice to burn.

Was your keep warm button on?
The heat from the keep warm function can continue to cook your rice. Be sure to turn off your keep warm function to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom.

What if I Want to Make a Small Amount of Rice?​

If you only have 1/2 cup of rice, just add 1/4 cup of water! It’ll mix together in the pot when it cooks. You can cook smaller amounts without having to modify your ingredients too much at all. The exact amount of water will depend on the type of rice you’re cooking.

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How To Cook Instant Pot Rice

Yield: 1-2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

If you want a different yet fluffy cooked rice to combine with your dishes, you can follow this easy Instant Pot Rice Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Dried parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add oil to instant pot. Then add 1 cup of rice, then pour 1 cup of water over rice. Next, secure lid on instant pot and set the seal. Tap manual mode and set for 5 minutes.
  2. Pressure cook for 5 minutes
  3. Quick release the steam, fluff rice and serve.
  4. Sprinkle with dried parsley if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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26 Comments

  1. I would add a dash of salt to the rice, and I would use butter if it going to be used for a sweet preparation. I have an 8 qt, so water portion should be at least 1 1/2 cups; therefore rice portion should be 1 1/2 cups. This will make 3 cups of rice.

  2. The IP is amazing for rice. It’s way quicker than my zojirushi rice maker and takes 1/3 of the time for nearly the same result. I typicaly use the rice setting. This is a great base recipe that can be modified (salsa added for mexican rice; chicken better than bouillon, garlic and saffron with pine nuts for a savory rice, etc.

  3. Your rice looks so fluffy and light. I have a rice cooker but it does not come out that nice. I will have to get an instant pot and try rice this way.

  4. We usually make our rice in a rice cooker but we have an Instant Pot so will definitely be trying out your method above too!

  5. Yum, we love rice. I will have to try this. I’ve never tried to make it in the Instant Pot before. I usually just do stove top.

  6. My son is complaining that my rice cooker is too small. So I need to show him this recipe so he can make more rice for his meals.

  7. I’ve not made rice in ages. The kids do like it I just forget to cook it. I should probably get an instant pot then I would make it much more.

  8. We eat so much rice, and the instant pot would be a great option when it comes to preparing it. So convenient!

  9. I love having instant pot rice. It seems to taste better that way too. It has been awhile since I’ve made it though.

  10. My rice has not been as good as it once was. I thought it was the brand, now I think I may need an instant pot.

  11. I love this version of instant pot rice because it’s got olive oil and herbs. We usually just use rice cooker and it’s just plain rice and water, so we need to have the cooked rice with something saucy.

  12. We love eating rice and it’s great to know some cooking tips to make it more convenient and fast. Looks quite delicious as well.

  13. I have a rice cooker so I have never tried cooking rice using an instant pot. Thank you for the tips and tricks!

  14. Cooking rice can be tricky especially when trying different varieties. It’s something I struggle with. I don’t have an instant pot, yet, but I’m glad to read about the ease of rice making. Cheers.

  15. I have never tried making rice in an Instant Pot before, but it certainly sounds like something that I need to try. Thank you for the helpful tips!

  16. I love Rice! Our family loved it. I can’t eat without it. This is a great technique. I’ll try this!

  17. Such an informative post! I have never cooked rice in the instant pot. So, thanks for sharing all the details and tips with us 🙂

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