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Instant Pot Rice

If you’re looking for a foolproof way to make rice, you’ll LOVE this Instant Pot Rice! It comes out tender every time.

Instant Pot white rice in a bowl.

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Once I tried making rice in the Instant Pot, I will honestly never make it any other way. It’s beyond simple and comes out delicious every single time! Not too mushy or watery like making rice on the stovetop.

The best part is that the Instant Pot does all the work and tending for you.

The first step is to familiarize yourself with your Instant Pot if you haven’t yet – this is a great article if you’re a newbie. It honestly took me a while to open up the box when I ordered mine…I was so intimidated! Turns out an Instant Pot is super easy to use and my life is changed forever.

Not only do I love cooking rice in the Instant Pot, I also use it to make corn on the cob, soups, corn chowder, mac & cheese, and so much more. It’s one of my favorite appliances!

Uncooked rice grains in a wooden bowl.

White Rice v. Brown Rice

Brown rice is the whole grain, while white rice is simply brown rice that has been processed by removing the husk, bran, and germ. Brown rice has a slightly higher nutritional benefit, but my personal preference is white rice due to the texture and ability to soak up flavors. Have no shame in your rice game!

Good news: White rice and brown rice are made almost the same way in the Instant Pot. There are two differences: The amount of water used, and the time each takes to cook. The brown rice requires more of each.

Uncooked rice, water, and salt, in the instant pot ready to cook.

Ingredients

White Rice:

  • 2 cups of white rice (such as long grain, Basmati, or Jasmine)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Brown Rice:

  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 2-1/4 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
A head on shot of a pressure cooker with the timer set to 5 minutes.

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice under cold water in a mesh strainer.
  2. Add all ingredients into the pressure cooker.
  3. In manual mode, set the timer. 5 minutes for white rice and 15 minutes for brown rice. The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to pressurize, then the actual cooking will begin.
  4. Once the timer goes off, let it naturally release for about 5 minutes (just leave it alone for this time). Then, carefully move the vent open to quick release. Let the steam come out if there is any, then open the lid.
  5. Fluff with a fork!

If making fried rice, stick the rice in the fridge and let cool before using (preferably over night.)

Why Should I Rinse Rice?

This is a step I used to skip early in my cooking journey because I didn’t realize how important it really was!

It is worth it (and important) to rinse your rice until the water runs clear. Here is why:

  • Rinsing removes any debris, like dirt and even small rocks. Rice comes from a plant, after all!
  • Rinsing removes surface starch. Starch causes the rice to clump together and have a gummy texture. Wash it away and you’re left with fluffy, tender rice.
Fluffy rice in the instant pot with a wooden spoon.

Adding Flavor

There are many ways to add flavor and texture to a bowl of rice!

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Rice in a pressure cooker

Instant Pot Rice

Karissa Besaw
Instant Pot rice is super easy to make and comes out tender and fluffy every time.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Manual Release Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 6
Calories 225 kcal

Ingredients
  

White Rice

  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Brown Rice

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the rice under cold water in a mesh strainer until the water runs clear.
  • Add all ingredients into the pressure cooker and stir.
  • In manual mode, set the timer. 5 minutes for white rice and 15 minutes for brown rice. The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to pressurize, then the actual cooking will begin. 
  • Once the timer goes off, let it naturally release for about 5 minutes (just leave it alone for this time). Then, carefully move the vent open to quick release. Let the steam come out if there is any, then open the lid.
  • Fluff with a fork!

Notes

Nutritional facts are calculated using white rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 201mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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