Cook Perfect Instant Pot Rice

Making fluffy rice has never been easier, thanks to the Instant Pot. With this appliance, you can achieve perfect rice with minimal effort and consistent results, regardless of whether you’re cooking white, basmati, jasmine, or brown rice. This process is not only convenient but also hands-free.

In this article, we’ll provide you with an easy guide on how to make perfect rice using the Instant Pot rice setting. With these simple steps, you’ll have delicious, well-cooked rice to pair with your favorite dishes in no time.

Key Takeaways

  • Achieve perfect rice in the Instant Pot with minimal measuring
  • Follow simple directions for white, basmati, jasmine, and brown rice
  • Learn how to use the Instant Pot rice setting effectively
white rice

Water to Rice: Ratio

When cooking rice in an Instant Pot, using a 1:1 ratio for water and rice is ideal. This means you need to add 1 cup of water for every 1 cup of rice, whether it’s white rice, brown rice, wild rice, jasmine rice, basmati, or long-grain. The Instant Pot is more sealed compared to regular cooking pots, so less water evaporates during cooking, making the 1:1 ratio perfect for achieving fluffy and well-cooked rice.

How to Make It

Begin by rinsing your rice until the water runs clear. Next, combine the oil, rinsed rice, water, and salt in your Instant Pot. Secure the lid and ensure the steam valve is sealed. Cook white rice for 4-8 minutes, adjusting for your specific Instant Pot model. After cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure. Finally, fluff the rice with a fork, and it’s ready to be enjoyed with your favorite dish.

Utilizing the Instant Pot’s Rice Feature

When cooking white rice, simply press the RICE button on your Instant Pot. For other rice varieties, follow the provided timing chart while maintaining the same water-to-rice ratio. Enjoy your expertly cooked rice with a friendly, easy-to-use function!

How to Properly Cook Rice in an Instant Pot

When cooking various types of rice in an Instant Pot, keep these approximate cooking times in mind:

  • White Rice: 4-8 minutes
  • Brown Rice: 22-24 minutes
  • Jasmine Rice: 4-8 minutes
  • Basmati Rice: 4-8 minutes
  • Wild Rice: 25-30 minutes

Remember to factor in an additional 20 minutes, as it takes around 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to build pressure and another 10 minutes for natural pressure release. Using the high pressure setting and allowing the natural release process will yield fluffy and consistently cooked rice.

Helpful Hints for Perfecting Your Recipe

To make sure your rice turns out light and fluffy, take the time to rinse the rice thoroughly under water until it runs clear. This step removes any excess starch and prevents clumping.

Add a teaspoon of oil (such as olive oil or any other oil you prefer) per cup of rice to prevent sticking and reduce foaming. This trick will keep your Instant Pot mess-free and ensure your rice comes out great.

Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt per cup of rice while cooking, as this will enhance the rice’s natural flavors.

If you’re looking to boost the taste and nutritional value of your rice, consider using broth instead of water. Create some delicious options like parmesan broth, Instant Pot bone broth, or slow cooker bone broth using leftover parmesan rinds, meat bones, and veggie scraps. Your rice dish will love the extra depth of flavor.

Remember to use a fine mesh strainer when rinsing rice to make sure you’re removing as much extra starch as possible. The result will be perfectly cooked, separate grains that your taste buds will thank you for. Enjoy!

rice in a bowl

How Much Rice Can I Cook in My Instant Pot?

Depending on the capacity of your Instant Pot, the maximum amount of dry rice you can cook varies. For a 6-Quart Instant Pot, you can cook up to 4 cups of dry rice. This will yield roughly 12 cups of cooked rice. If you have an 8-Quart Instant Pot, it’s possible to cook up to 6 cups of dry rice, resulting in around 18 cups of cooked rice. Keep in mind that the water to rice ratio (1:1) and cooking time won’t change, regardless of the amount of rice you’re cooking. This method is faster than stovetop or microwave cooking, and the results are comparable to using a dedicated rice cooker.

Storing & Reheating

To store your leftover rice, allow it to cool down to room temperature before placing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. If you’d like to freeze the rice, transfer the cooled rice to a freezer-friendly bag or container and keep it frozen for up to 4-5 months.

When it’s time to reheat your rice, thaw it in the fridge if it’s frozen. If the rice appears dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of water and use your microwave to warm it up in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the rice is hot and fluffy.

Inspiring Ways to Enjoy Your Dish

Enhance your meals with these outstanding pairings featuring rice, served either steaming hot or delightfully chilled:

For hot rice pairings, consider:

  • Delectable Peanut Tofu Bowls
  • Fiery Thai Beef Stir Fry
  • Ginger-Infused Veggie Stir Fry
  • Savory Turkey Swedish Meatballs
  • Sumptuous Mongolian Beef
  • Flavorful Lamb Stir Fry with Green Beans

Additionally, explore these 15+ exceptional rice bowl sauces to elevate your dish.

For chilly rice combinations, try:

  • Appetizing Shrimp Sushi Bowls
  • Succulent Salmon Sushi Bowls
  • Tasty Tuna Rice Bowl
  • Quick 15-Minute Poke Bowls
  • Wholesome Vegetarian Sushi

More Rice Recipes

Discover more delicious rice dishes:

  • Instant Pot Fried Rice
  • Instant Pot Mexican Rice
  • Toasted Rice Powder
  • Rice Cooker Rice
  • Instant Pot Red Beans & Rice
  • Bacon Fried Rice

Experiment with these recipes and enjoy your culinary journey!

Enhanced Whole Grains

Try these delightful Instant Pot recipes: perfect quinoa, superb farro, comforting oatmeal, and mouthwatering risotto. Enjoy your tasty whole grains!

More Instant Pot Recipes

Necessary Components

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil (olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil)
  • 1 pinch salt

Step-by-Step Guidance

  1. Rinse the rice under cold running water until the water runs clear.
  2. Add oil to the Instant Pot, followed by the rinsed (damp) rice, water, and salt.
  3. Lock the lid and set the steam valve to the “sealing” position. Choose the “RICE” button (for white rice) or consult the cooking chart below. Allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Fluff rice with a fork and serve.

Handy Hints

Cooking Durations:

  • White, Jasmine & Basmati Rice: 4-8 minutes
  • Brown Rice: 22-24 minutes
  • Wild Rice: 25-30 minutes

Suggestion: Utilize the recipe card to modify the number of servings you need. The water-to-rice ratio (1:1) and cook time remain the same, regardless of the rice quantity.

Nutritional Details

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 53mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Frequently Asked Questions

Cooking Time for Rice in Instant Pot

How long does it take to cook rice in Instant Pot? It usually takes around 10-12 minutes for white rice and 20-22 minutes for brown rice, depending on the type and brand.

Instant Pot Settings for Rice

What should I set my Instant Pot to for cooking rice? Use the “Rice” setting for white rice, and the “Multigrain” setting for brown rice. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Brown Rice in Instant Pot

How can I cook brown rice properly in my Instant Pot? Make sure to rinse the brown rice thoroughly, then use a 1:1.25 water-to-rice ratio. Select the “Multigrain” setting and set the timer for 20-22 minutes, followed by a natural pressure release.

Ideal Water-to-Rice Ratio

What’s the best water-to-rice ratio for cooking rice in Instant Pot? For white rice, a 1:1 ratio works well. For brown rice, a 1:1.25 ratio is ideal. Adjust as needed depending on the specific type of rice and personal preferences.

Cooking Long Grain White Rice

How should I prepare long grain white rice in my Instant Pot? Rinse the rice thoroughly, use a 1:1 water-to-rice ratio, and select the “Rice” setting. Cook for 10-12 minutes and quick release the pressure.

Adjusting Cooking Time for Different Quantities

How can I adjust the cooking time for various rice quantities in my Instant Pot? Generally, you don’t need to adjust the cooking time when cooking smaller or larger amounts of rice. Just make sure to use the correct water-to-rice ratio, and the Instant Pot will do the rest.

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Easy Instant Pot Rice

Here's a simple instant pot rice recipe:
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4
Calories 208 kcal


  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp butter or oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Rinse the rice in a fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear.
  • Add the rice to the instant pot along with 2 1/2 cups of water, butter or oil, and salt to taste.
  • Close the lid and set the pressure release valve to sealing.
  • Press the "rice" button on the instant pot or manually set the pressure cooker to high pressure for 3 minutes.
  • Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.


Calories: 208kcal
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