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How To Cook Instant Pot Rice: White Fluffy And Delicious Rice

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Want to learn how to cook rice in the instant pot? My instant pot is by far the easiest way to cook rice and it always turns out perfect! Instant Pot rice is great as a side dish on its own or the perfect addition to stir fry and even in soups.

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Can I Cook Boil In The Bag Rice In The Instant Pot?

The boil in the bag rice can be prepared outside of the bag just as you would regular white rice. The boil in a bag concept is that the rice only absorbs the water it needs and you can easily strain the rest of it because there are holes in the bag. Cook this rice by following the directions below.

Instant Pot Rice Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Dried parsley for garnish  
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How To Cook Rice In Instant Pot

Here are your instructions for cooking rice in the instant pot.

Step 1: Add oil to instant pot.

Step 2: Add 1 cup of rice, then pour 1 cup of water over rice.

Step 3: Secure lid on instant pot and set the seal.

Step 4: Tap manual mode and set for 4-5 minutes.

Step 5: Next, let your instant pot count down and steam the rice for about 10-minutes, then quick release the remaining steam, fluff rice and serve.

Sprinkle with dried parsley if desired.

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 the way it did for someone else, 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.

Additionally, if you are cooking a large amount of rice, you may want to add another minute or 2 to the time.

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:

InstantPot Rice Water Ratios
  • Basmati (white) rice: 4-8 minutes
  • Jasmine rice: 3-5 minutes
  • Brown rice (long/short): 22-28 minutes
  • Wild rice mix: 25-30 minutes

Can I Use My Rice Button?

The rice button is not for all rice. It was designed for the ever-popular parboiled or long grain white rice. The setting automatically adjusts the time based on the volume of rice you add to the inner pot. So, you don’t have to put any guess work into it.

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Can I Cook More than 1 Cup of Rice?

If you want to cook more than 1 cup of rice, you can. The key to cooking perfect rice is cooking it using the 1:1 ratio method. For example, if you want to make 2 cups of rice, you will need to cups of water. If want to make 3 cups of rice, you will need 3 cups of water. The reason this method works for any rice is because all rice absorbs the same amount of liquid when cooking.

If you are not using enough water, you may end up with the dreaded burn notice, or worse dry, crunchy rice.

NEVER fill your Instant Pot more than half full with rice and water!

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 because you have to let the pressure go down slowly instead of abruptly. You want to at least do a natural release for 10-minutes.

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

How Much Water Do I Need To Use?

The general rule of thumb 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. For brown or wild rice, double all ingredients to make sure they cook thoroughly through.

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.

Can I Re-Heat The 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.

What If It’s Overcooked Or Undercooked?

If your instant pot rice is overcooked, each grain will turn to mush and “explode” and the rice will be quite soggy. If you’ve undercooked your instant pot rice, it won’t be sticky enough and will probably fall apart when you try to fluff it.

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Recipes That Pair Well With Instant Pot Rice

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Yield: 1-2

How To Cook Instant Pot Rice

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 Recipe.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

    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 4-5 minutes.

    Next, let your instant pot count down and steam the rice for about 10-minutes, then quick release the remaining 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

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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!

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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. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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.

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