How to Make Instant Pot Rice aka. Instapot Rice

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There’s something simple and comforting about a hot bowl of buttered rice. I guess that’s why it’s such a popular dish all over the world. And now, with the popularity of the Instapot, you can make Instant Pot Rice faster and easier than ever before.

For me, this love for rice started in childhood. I remember reading the folktale “A Grain of Rice,” adapted into a children’s book by Helena Clare Pittman. “A Grain of Rice” tells the story of a young man who saves the emperor’s daughter and as a reward he asks for a single grain of rice to be given to him, and the next day two grains, the third day four grains, and continue to double each day for a total of 100 days.

By the end of the story, the man is the richest in the land and elephants are bringing rice by the ton! It’s a great book about math…but also really makes me want some finely cooked rice! The book I remember is set in China, but the story has about as many variations as there are types of rice! 

No Rice Cooker? No Problem!

Making instant pot rice can be simple, fast, and scrumptious!

Instant rice in a box just isn’t as good and making rice on the stove can be tricky! But don’t get discouraged, break out that instapot (instant pot) and learn to make rice the fast, easy, and 21st century way! 

Another perk of Instant Pot Rice is that you can actually steam veggies at the same time in a steamer basket and cut down on your clean up. You can find the steamer and my entire Instant Pot wishlist on the Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Post

How to Cook Short Grain or Long Grain White Instant Pot Rice

Short grain white rice is an American staple. It’s sticky, tasty, and goes with everything! When cooking white rice, you can actually use the “rice” setting on your instant pot. Follow the one to one method of one cup of water for every one cup of rice.

Instant Pot White Rice

Short or long grain, this sticky white rice is tasty and goes with pretty much everything!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Place 2 cups of white rice in the instant pot
  2. Pour 2 cups of water into the pot
  3. Close the lid and seal
  4. Set the Instant Pot to the ‘rice’ setting or for 5 minutes
  5. Cook and then allow it to set and naturally release for 10 minutes
  6. Serve

White rice can also be cooked with chicken broth or vegetable broth in place of the water for a more savory flavor. Add cheese and some pre-cooked shredded chicken for a quick and easy lunch.

How to Cook Brown Instant Pot Rice 

Even though brown rice takes far longer to cook, even brown instant pot rice, it is worth the wait! My favorite way to eat brown rice is by topping it with black beans, chicken, cheese, salsa, and guacamole.

Brown rice is hearty and makes a great healthy grain to serve with burrito bowls or even as a side to a simple meal of chicken and veggies. Brown rice on the stove can take a white, but in the instant pot, it takes less than 30 minutes.

Note: Brown rice tends to be a bit crunchy, to avoid cooking crunchy rice, add a bit more water than you would with other rice types. For brown rice, add about a quarter cup more of water or liquid per cup of rice.

Instant Pot Brown Rice

This hearty rice may take a few minutes longer than white rice, but it's definitely worth the wait!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Place 2 cups of brown rice in the instant pot
  2. Pour water in the pot

  3. Close the lid and seal
  4. Cook the rice for 17 minutes on high pressure

  5. Do a quick pressure release

  6. Serve

Brown rice in the instant pot can be easily prepared as you get other parts of your meal together for a fast dinner. You could even prepare brown rice in the instant pot as you get ready in the morning. Pack the brown rice up with some leftover chicken for a cheap lunch on a busy day.

How to Cook Basmati Instant Pot Rice 

Basmati rice is native to the Indian subcontinent. Basmati rice is one of my favorite types of rice. It has a clean taste and is a common side of many Indian dishes.

My family loves to eat tikka masala with naan bread and Basmati rice, but on the stove, I always struggled with overcooking my rice. With the instapot this problem is a thing of the past… plus it only takes 16 minutes!

Instant Pot Basmati Rice

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Serves: 4 servings

Basmati is a clean tasting rice, native to the Indian subcontinent and a common side for many Indian dishes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. First, measure out 2 cups of Basmati rice.
  2. Dump the rice into the instapot along with 2 cups of water.
  3. Close the lid of the instant pot pressure cooker or instapot and cook on high pressure for 5-6 minutes depending on how tender you’d like your rice.
  4. Do a natural release for 10 minutes
  5. Release any excess pressure

If you’d like your rice to be more tender, increase the liquid. Increasing the cooking time may lead to burnt rice at the bottom of the instapot.

How to Cook Jasmine Instant Pot Rice

Jasmine rice is a delicious, fluffy white rice commonly found in east Asia. it tastes just as good made in an instant pot pressure cooker or instapot as it does on the stove… and it’s definitely superior to instant, one-minute rice from a box!

Jasmine instant pot rice takes a shorter time to cook but requires a bit more water. Some folks prefer to rinse their rice with water before cooking, but in a pinch, just dumping the rice into the pot with some water will do just as well! 1 and ¼ cups of water for every 1 cup of Jasmine rice.

Instant Pot Jasmine Rice

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Serves: 4 servings

A delicious, fluffy white rice common to east Asia.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of Jasmine Rice
  • 2 ½ cups of water
Instructions
  1. Measure 2 cups of Jasmine rice and pour into the instapot
  2. Measure 2 and ½ cups of water and pour into the instapot
  3. Close the lid and cook for 4 minutes on high pressure
  4. Do a natural release for 10 minutes
  5. Release the extra pressure (if any) after 10 minutes

Serve the Jasmine rice as a side with dumplings, orange chicken, or any other dish of your choice.

How to Cook Coconut Instant Pot Rice

Jasmine rice tastes great with a hint of coconut, as well. If you’re looking to mix up your rice-cooking to spice up a boring Tuesday evening meal, try using a can of coconut milk with 2 cups of Jasmine rice.

Cook it for 5 minutes in the instant pot pressure cooker and follow the 10-minute natural release protocol of the water-method. The coconut milk will add a hint of flavor and tastes great with all kinds of meals!

Instant Pot Coconut Rice

Coconut milk adds a hint of flavor to jasmine rice and tastes great with all kinds of meals
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 16 oz. can coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Measure 2 cups of Jasmine rice and pour into the instant pot
  2. Open and pour the can of coconut milk into the instant pot
  3. Close the lid and seal
  4. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes
  5. Do a natural release of the pressure for 10 minutes
  6. Release the extra pressure and serve

I’ve made coconut rice as a side with Indian-style butter chicken or even added some lime juice to serve with some spicy chipotle and lime chicken seared in an iron skillet.

How to Cook Sticky Instant Pot Rice

Instant Pot Sticky Rice

Sticky rice is the foundation of good Chinese take-out, and thanks to the Instapot, it's also the foundation to a great home cooked Chinese dinner!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Rinse 2 cups of Jasmine rice and drain
  2. Place rinsed rice in the Instant Pot with slightly less than 2 cups of water
  3. Close the lid and seal the Instant Pot
  4. Set pressure to high
  5. Set cook time for 7 minutes
  6. Use a natural release for 10 minutes
  7. After 10 minutes, manually release the excess pressure (if any)

Sticky rice is the foundation of good Chinese take-out… or a delicious home cooked knock-off! It’s also delicious for making homemade sushi or California rolls. You can get that texture by making rice in the Instant Pot.

The first key is to use Jasmine rice… but you also will want to rinse the rice beforehand. Rinsing the rice will help get the sticky quality you hope for and keep it from getting too mushy while it cooks.

How to Cook Wild Instant Pot Rice 

The first time I cooked wild rice, I thought it would never get done! It takes well over an hour on the stove top—but that isn’t the case with the Instant Pot! Thank goodness for that! I am far too impatient to wait over an hour for rice, but using the Instant Pot cuts that time nearly in half!

Unlike the other types of rice, wild rice requires more liquid. Use 4 cups of liquid for every cup of wild rice.

Instant Pot Wild Rice

This hearty rice starts with a lot more liquid and takes longer than other types, but the Instant Pot gets it done in half the time of the stovetop!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wild rice
  • 8 cups water

Instructions

  1. Place 2 cups of wild rice and 8 cups of water in the instant pot
  2. Close the lid and seal
  3. Set to high pressure
  4. Cook for 35 minutes
  5. Allow the pot to naturally release for 15 minutes
  6. Serve

Wild rice is native to North America and areas of Asia, and it’s both hearty and healthy. Thankfully, the Instant Pot makes it easy and faster to make!

Rice is a great foundation to cuisines worldwide

Rice remains a staple food all over the world and can provide rich sustenance for your family. There are hundreds of varieties of rice and many ways to cook the grain.

The most common types of rice you’ll find in your local grocery store break down into two main categories: white rice and brown rice. Of the white rice varieties, you might be familiar with Basmati, Jasmine, or long grain. Brown rice also comes in long grain or short grain. Finally, wild rice is another type of rice frequently found in the aisles of the grocery store.

From the spicy jolaf rice found on many Nigerian tables to white sticky rice served with mahi mahi. Japanese style or a quick lunch of cheesy chicken rice like my mom used to make, rice is as versatile as you can be creative. That is probably the reason you can find it cooking in pots, pans, or electric cookers in homes all over.

Despite the fact that rice is a staple of global cuisine, many people struggle with making a pot of rice. I don’t know about you, but I have made both soggy, mushy pots of rice in sore attempts to make a simple dinner. The next time around, I would end up burning the rice, trying to compensate for my previous mistake! 

A lot of people suggest using a rice cooker, but an instant pot will work just as well!

Cooking (white) Rice is as Easy as 1-2-1:

Whether it is on the stove, in a rice cooker, or with an instapot, most rice cooks on the one-to-one principle: one cup of water for every one cup of rice.

This method can be used with most white rice, including white Jasmine and Basmati.

The one-to-one principle will cook the rice so that it is not too mushy and also not too crunchy. I don’t know about you, but I hate crunchy rice!

If you like your rice more on the sticky side, increase the water by about one tablespoon. However, if you do like your rice slightly more crunchy, decrease the water by approximately one to two teaspoons. Keep in mind, if you decrease the water too much, the rice may burn to the bottom of your Instant Pot pressure cooker.

And if you’re a more visual learner, you can find youtube videos on cooking rice in your instant pot too, like one that Ground Leaf posted a few years ago on cooking white rice.

Instant Pot Rice for the homecook

How Much Rice Should I Make?

Your instapot or instant pot pressure cooker can cook quite a bit of rice! One cup of rice will easily serve 2 people, if the rice is a side item. Add one cup of rice for every two people you want to serve. You may want to cook more if rice is the main dish you are serving.

Why Does the Rice Stick to the Bottom of My Instant Pot?

A common problem people have cooking rice is that some of the rice sticks to the bottom of the pan or pot. The first thing to know is that this is an age-old problem of cooking rice.

In Chinese there is even a word for that crunchy rice left at the bottom of the pot. Mi guoba (米锅巴) means “scorched rice.” In Iran, that crunchy rice is even served as a common dish! Pegao, as it’s referred to in Puerto Rico, is found in many homes. Around the world, people have different ways of eating and utilizing the scorched rice from the bottom of the pot.

Rice burning to the bottom of the pan is nearly inevitable if you are cooking rice over an open flame in a metal pot, but rice sticking to the bottom of the pan is still likely when cooking in a rice cooker or even an instapot or instant pot pressure cooker.

But while the crunchy rice at the bottom of the pot is not a sign you’re a bad chef, no one wants to clean out rice that has actually blackened and burned to the bottom of the instant pot!

Add More Liquid

How do you solve the problem of burning your rice? Add a little more water! If you’ve been burning your rice, rather than decreasing the amount of time you are cooking the rice, first try adding a tablespoon or two more water to the pot. Decreasing the cooking time might just make the rice hard on your teeth. Adding water will help the rice at the bottom of the pot to have enough liquid to cook well!

Rinse The Rice Ahead of Time

Others swear by rinsing the rice beforehand. Rinsing the rice before you cook it may add just enough water to keep your rice from burning.

So there you have it. The answer to pretty much any question that you could have about cooking Instant Pot Rice. I would love to know which recipes you’ve tried and what you think of Instant Pot Rice in the comments below.

Happy cooking!

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