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

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 types, 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.

Best Instant Pot 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.

How to cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot?

The first step is to rinse the rice. Whether you are cooking the rice in the pressure cooker or stovetop, it is best to quickly rinse it to remove any dirt from it. Also, rinsing the rice also makes up for the small amount of moisture lost in evaporation during the cooking process. Therefore, we highly recommend this step.

Below you can find the variations of rice and their respective cooking time. Also, please watch the recipe video attached on how to quickly and easily prepare it in the pressure cooker.

White rice (including Basmati rice and Jasmine rice)

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

Brown rice (including Basmati rice and Short Grain rice)

  • 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)

What Is The Best Rice To Water Ratio?

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 detail below.

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.

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

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.

Does Instant Pot make good rice?

Absolutely! We found it to be much better than stovetop because it absorbs the exact amount of water it needs. Even a novice cooker will be able to make the perfect fluffy rice in it.  

When cooking the rice in the pressure cooker the main trick is to use the right amount of water. Generally, you need 1 cup of water for every cup of rice. The IP does the rest, and you are pretty much guaranteed to end up with the best-cooked rice.

On the other hand, when cooking it on the stovetop, you have to account for water evaporation, and you usually need more water. Therefore, this makes it more difficult to end up with perfectly-cooked rice.

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 types, 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.

What if my instant pot rice is too mushy?

The only reason you might end up with mushy rice is that you have used more water than the recommended ratio of 1 to 1. Therefore, it is essential to stick to this ration. Just use the exact same container to measure both rice and water. 

How to reheat rice in the Instant Pot?

  1. 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.
  2. Next, you will need a heat-proof container. Place the container on top of the trivet in the Instant Pot.
  3. 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!

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 this, 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 any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

More delicious Pressure Cooker recipes:

Tools Used to Make Rice in the pressure cooker:

  • Pressure Cooker: I love using the 6 QT version. 
  • Long Trivet: This is one of the tools you want to have if you plan on using the IP. Also, it is quite affordable. 
  • Rice Steamer: You can use any version, but this is a decent one, which I mostly use. 

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.

How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot
  • Prep Time5 MIN
  • Cook Time15 MIN
  • Servings 4 servings


  • 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, oil or butter, 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.

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It's a wonderful blog/site .Thanks for your effort . Here we eat very old rice ( an year or older ) which either in an electric rice cooker or in conventional stovetop pressure cooker, need three cups of water for a cup of rice . Newer the rice lesser the water , reason being that rice loses it's inner moisture with time . So should I put 3 cups of water for a cup of rice in instant pot , or should I go by your advice ( one is to one )?? Appreciate if you can clarify ? Thanks again.

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

I think you should try it with 3, if its not perfect you will know that you have to reduce it.

Jackie Swenson

Jackie Swenson

Where can I get the steamer insert pan? I have an 8 at instant pot, is there a larger steamer insert than what I saw in video?

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

I got it from Amazon



Which method do you use? What rice do you cook? I use parboiled rice.

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

Hi, I describe step by step what method I use in the blog post. I also like to use basmati rice :)

Nan Allen

Nan Allen

And I always cook directly in the pot.

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