How to Make Rice in an Instant Pot

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Learn how to cook perfect Instant Pot Rice with this easy and quick method. Have fluffy and yummy white rice ready in about 15 minutes! The Instant Pot makes it so easy: just set it and forget it. No more mushy or overcooked rice again!

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Instant Pot White Rice

Our family loves to make rice. We cook it frequently when we are repurposing leftovers, but we’ve never wanted to make the leap to invest in one of those pricey rice cookers.

Cooking rice can be tricky, even if you make it frequently. After getting frustrated with how easy it is to mess up a pot of rice on the stovetop, I knew there had to be a better option. Did you know you can make perfect rice in your Instant Pot??

I was blown away when I learned how to make rice in an Instant Pot. Total game changer! Not only is it super fast, but the Instant Pot makes it crazy easy: you just set it and forget it!

bowl of white rice

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How to Make Rice an in Instant Pot

Instant Pot White Rice is my favorite way to cook rice these days. I’m totally guilty of getting distracted while cooking, and I love that cooking rice in my Instant Pot means it’s pretty hands off once I set it!

This is also a great recipe to make rice when you have limited time. It’s one of our favorite ways to create a base for other recipes! I love that I don’t have to wait for the water to come to a boil or stress that the temperature isn’t *just right* as it simmers. Once you master this recipe you’ll have tender, perfect white rice every time!

Keep in mind that not all types of rice cook the same way. There are a lot of different types of rice out there, and some might not cook in the same amount of time or the same water to rice ratio. This post is specifically about how to cook white rice in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker. You can absolutely experiment for other types of rice too!

Making Rice in an Instant Pot

This is going to be one of your favorite Instant Pot recipes! You can use any brand of electric pressure cooker for this, like the Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot. Here are a few great ones to check out if you need one!

Tips for Cooking Rice in an Instant Pot

While the rice itself cooks in just 3 minutes, it will take a few minutes for the pressure cooker to start cooking. It will also take a few minutes for the slow release. I usually give myself 15 minutes from start to finish for this recipe.

Cooking time is generally 3 minutes on high pressure with a 10 minute natural release (meaning you don’t turn the dial quickly to release the steam after it’s done cooking)

I recommend a 1 to 1 water to rice ration: 1 cup of cold water for 1 cup of white rice. If you want more rice just be sure to also increase the water at the same ratio.

Don’t forget to rinse your rice! This is a really important step that a lot of people skip, but it will help make sure your rice turns out fantastic. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water is clear. This helps to get rid of excess starches on the surface of your rice prior to cooking.

Be sure you also cook the rice as soon as you pour it into the water in the Instant Pot. If you let your rice sit prior to cooking, it will begin to absorb the water and will result in rice that’s not cooked correctly.

Make sure you fluff the rice with a fork once you open the lid. Let it rest for a little bit before serving if it looks a little wet.

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Recipes that go great with this easy Instant Pot rice recipe:

5 Minute Sesame Rice & Teriyaki Shrimp

Sweet & Spicy Korean BBQ Wings

Japanese Cucumber Salad

Simple and Easy Sesame Rice

bowl of rice

How to Make Rice in an Instant Pot

Yield: 2-4
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Learn how to cook perfect Instant Pot Rice with this easy and quick method. Have fluffy and yummy white rice ready in about 15 minutes! The Instant Pot makes it so easy: just set it and forget it. No more mushy or
overcooked rice again!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice or Jasmine rice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse Rice: Rinse the rice under cold water. Gently scrub
    the rice with your fingertips in a circling motion as the water runs through. Continue rinsing until the water is clear. Drain well.
  2. Pressure Cook Rice: Combine 1 cup of rice and 1 cup of cold
    water in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Close the lid, turn the Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Select Manual High Pressure for 3 minutes. After it finishes cooking, allow it to do a natural release for 10 minutes. Turn the Venting Knob to the full Venting
    position after that to release the remaining pressure. Open the lid quickly but be careful as there may still be steam remaining.
  3. Fluff & Serve: Fluff rice with a fork, then serve warm. Add a little salt, butter, green onions or sesame seeds if desired!



Notes

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  • While the rice itself cooks in just 3 minutes, it will take a few minutes for the pressure cooker to start cooking. It will also take a few minutes for the slow release. I usually give myself 15 minutes from start to finish for this recipe.
  • Cooking time is generally 3 minutes on high pressure with a 10 minute natural release (meaning you don’t turn the dial quickly to release the steam after it’s done cooking)
  • 1 to 1 water to rice ration: 1 cup of cold water for 1 cup of white rice. If you want more rice just be sure to also increase the water at the same ratio.
  • Be sure to rinse your rice! This is a really important step that a lot of people skip, but it will help make sure your rice turns out fantastic. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water is clear. This helps to get rid of excess starches on the surface of your rice prior to cooking.





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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2-4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Sodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 5g

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