How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

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 it in the pressure cooker with minimal effort and measures. Also, we will touch base on how to cook a variety of rice’s, such as white, brown and wild rice.

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

How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Cooked Rice

We’ve been 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, 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. You can get one from here.

Instant Pot Rice

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.

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 a pressure cooker. The only difference will be in time, but we will discuss this in more details below.

What if my rice is undercooked in the Instant Pot?

The only reason it will be hard, or undercooked in the pressure cooker is that 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.

Easy Instant Pot Rice

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.

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

The broth is a great alternative to water, and it will work perfectly in this recipe. If you want to have a deeper flavor, 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 Recipe

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 Jasmine)

  • High-pressure cook time – 4-5 minutes
  • Rice to water ratio – 1:1
  • Natural Pressure Release (10 to 15 minutes)

Brown rice (including Basmati and Short Grain)

  • High-pressure cook time – 22-24 minutes
  • Rice to water ratio – 1:1
  • Natural Pressure Release (11 to 20 minutes)

Wild rice (including wild rice blend)

  • High-pressure cook time – 28-32 minutes
  • Rice to water ratio – 1:1
  • Natural Pressure Release (11 to 20 minutes)

HOW TO COOK PERFECT RICE IN THE INSTANT POT CHEAT SHEET

How to reheat the rice in the Instant Pot?

  • Reheating it is very simple. But first, you will need long legged trivet. We recommend getting this, especially if you plan on cooking more recipes in the pressure cooker.
  • Next, you will need a heat-proof container. Place the container on top of the trivet in the Instant Pot.
  • Finally, add a cup of water beneath the trivet (not inside the container where the rice will be placed). Add the rice to the container, put the lid on, and press steam for 5 minutes. Wait for pressure release, and you have leftover rice that tastes like freshly cooked!

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How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups  basmati rice 
  • 2 cups  water  (or broth)
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil  (or unsalted butter)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 

Tools:

  •  Trivet 
  •  Insert Pan 

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain the rice well.
  2. Add about 2 cups of water to the inner pot of the pressure cooker.
  3. Add the rice, salt and the two cups of water to an Instant Pot safe dish/pot. Stir to combine.
  4. 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.
  5. Cook:
  6. 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.
  7. Remove the pot with the rice, let it rest covered for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Before serving, fluff the rice with a fork.
Calories: 399 Carbohydrates: 73 Protein: 6 Fat: 7 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 156 Potassium: 106 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 0 Calcium: 30 Iron: 0.7
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Alli Smith

I've always cooked my rice on the stovetop and it always comes out perfect. However, I'd love to cut down the cook time. I've never used my instant pot before. It's sitting in my pantry waiting for me to make something. I think this rice will be the first food I'll cook in my instant pot.

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Jeanette

This is something I needed. I have an Instant pot and I need to use it way more often than I do! This isa great way to get a lot of rice done at once!

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Melissa Chapman

I don't have an instant pot but it does take the place of so many devices and in less time. I could not live without my rice cooker and this instant pot method looks just as good.

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Candy

I cook rice all the time in my pot. I have a rice button. Really super easy and big time saver 

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Melanie

I have always made my rice on the stove top. We also had one of those rice cookers, and I never used it. I am not sure if I would make it in an instant pot.

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Tasheena

Rice is one of my least favorite things to make. It's typically a 50/50 chance that it's going to turn out right. I love that I have this option. 

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Tomi C

I always loved to prepare rice using my rice cooker UNTIL I started using my Instant Pot. It's super easy. 1 to 1 and just a few minutes and tada... done.

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Amber Myers

I need to try this! I have an instant pot and I really need to use it more. I just love rice. We have it often.

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Marysa

We eat a lot of rice, and this sounds like so convenient. We don't have an instant pot, but I hear a lot about how it is an awesome appliance to have!

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These are definitely useful tips for cooking all kinds of rice in the Instapot. I had no idea the cook times and water ratios depended on the type of rice.

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Pam

I have had an Instant Pot for a while but just now started using it. You can make so many things in it!

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Heather

This proves to me just one more reason why I need to get an instant pot. We make rice regularly here.

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Dennis Littley

Cooking rice in the Insta Pot is such a great idea! It saves having a rice cooker on the counter. Why not use the Insta Pot for as much as possible, right?

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Alyssa

This is embarrassing, but I always buy rice that you make in a microwave because I need it to be quick. So I loooove that this is so fast and easy! Definitely want to try it!

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Chubskulit Rose

Rice is a part of our meals almost everyday. I use rice cooker but I miss cooking it in an iron pot and firewood, it tastes so much better.

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Terri Steffes

Our pot has a rice maker setting so I need to try it. We don't eat a lot of rice, but when we do make it, we need a lot.

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Louisa Moje

Gotta agree with you! Since getting my Instant Pot, I haven't pulled out my rice cooker :D

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Kim

This is pure perfection! I did rice once in my pot and it was an epic fail. Decided to try again since I got the pot-in-pot for Christmas. This method (with brown rice at the 22 and 11 minute time intervals) and it came out so good my husband said I should have made more. I tested with one cup of rice. 

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I know exactly what you mean, mine never turns well if directly added to the pot, but this method yields perfect results all the time!

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