Cooking Rice in the Instant Pot is very simple. We have an encyclopedia of Instant Pot dishes on our blog, so one of the first things we learned to cook in it was rice. We will show you the steps and easy tips on how to PERFECTLY cook the rice in the Instant Pot with minimal effort and measures. Also, we will touch base on how to cook variety of rice’s, such as white, brown and wild rice.

In our previous posts, we explained in full details how to cook potatoes in the Instant Pot, how to cook ground beef in the Instant Pot, or even how to cook Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. In this post, we focus solely on how to cook rice in the Instant Pot.

How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot

We were first introduced to the Instant Pot about 3 years ago, and we were hooked right away. We love to cook with the pressure cooker, as usually the cooking time is reduced, and the dish is ready in half time compared to the traditional methods. Therefore, we loved it, and have never stopped using it since.

I never cook my rice directly in the inner pot, as it usually sticks to the bottom of it and many times you get the Burn message. I ALWAYS use this Steamer Insert Pan, this way the rice is always PERFECTLY cooked, it doesn’t stick to the pan and has the perfect texture.

WHAT IS AN INSTANT POT?

The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer and yogurt maker. Also, it has the capacity of a sauté/browning pan, and a function to keep your food warm after cooking. It’s a single appliance that does the job of multiple different kitchen appliances or tools. It’s a time saver, and in many cases it cooks the food in a fraction of the time. 

 

What is the best rice to water ratio for perfect Instant Pot Rice?

Fortunately, the answer is very simple and easy to remember 1 to 1. For every cup of rice, you will need 1 cup of water, it is that simple. While you might be used to using the ratio of 1 cup of rice to 1.25 cup of water on a stovetop, the ratio here is set at 1 to one. And this applies across all types of rice’s. The reason is simple, since the Instant Pot gives a tight seal and high pressure, no water evaporates at all. So the rice absorbs the water uniformly, and cooks just perfect with pressure cooker. The only difference will be in time, but we will discuss this in more details below.

What if my rice is under cooked in the Instant Pot?

The only reason the rice will be hard, or under cooked in the Instant Pot is because the cooking time was set on for too short. Since the cooking time will differ for various rice’s, it is wise to note that carefully. However, the water to rice ratio will not change and it will always stay at 1 to 1.

Can I cook more than 1 cup of rice in the Instant Pot?

Of course! The ratio will always remain the same. For every 1 cup of rice you need 1 cup of water, regardless of how many cups you cook. So if you cook 3 cups of rice in the Instant Pot, you will need 3 cups of water for the perfect rice.

WHAT IS NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE (NPR)?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes. After which, you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents for any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

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Can I substitute broth with water when cooking the rice in the Instant Pot?

Broth is a great alternative to water, and it will work perfectly with rice. If you want to have deeper flavor in your rice, you could use your favorite broth instead of water. The ratio of broth to rice will remain the same 1 cup of rice to 1 cup of broth.

How to cook Perfect rice in the Instant Pot?

Below you can find the variations of rice and their respective cooking time:

White rice (including Basmati and Jasmin)

Brown rice (including Basmati and Short Grain)

Wild rice (including wild rice blend)

How to reheat the rice in the Instant Pot?

How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot

Cooking Rice in the Instant Pot is very simple. We will show you the steps and easy tips on how to PERFECTLY cook the rice in the Instant Pot with minimal effort and measures.

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Rinse and drain the rice well.
Add about 2 cups of water to the inner pot of the pressure cooker.
Add the rice, salt and the two cups of water to an Instant Pot safe dish/pot. Stir to combine.
Add a long legged trivet to the Instant Pot. Add the pot with the rice onto the trivet. Cover with aluminum foil and pinch a few times with a fork. If using the same pot that I did, it comes with a steamer lid.
Cook:
Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. Turn off the heat. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid.
Remove the pot with the rice, let it rest covered for 5-10 minutes.
Before serving, fluff the rice with a fork.
Calories: 399, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 156mg, Potassium: 106mg, Carbohydrates: 73g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 6g, Calcium: 3%, Iron: 4.1%
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