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!
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
- 1 cup of white rice
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 cup of water
- Dried parsley for garnish
- 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.
- Pressure cook for 5 minutes
- Quick release the steam, fluff rice and serve.
- 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