Rice is nice, and so easy to make when you’ve got an instant pot! Here’s the inside scoop (pun totally intended!) on how to make rice in an instant pot. We’ve also got a yummy collection of instant pot rice recipes from brown to sticky and everything in between so you can make the perfect rice side dish no matter what you are serving!

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    Can you cook rice in an instant pot or pressure cooker?

    Absolutely!

    Most instant pots come with a rice setting already, which helps take out some of the guesswork. However, this setting is intended for making plain white rice only. If you want to make brown rice or something more involved that just plain rice, you’ll have to make manual adjustments.

    How long does rice take in the instant pot?

    The cook time depends on the type of rice you are making and whether you’re just making plain rice versus a more sophisticated rice side dish. White rices like jasmine rice or basmati rice cook the fastest, clocking in at around 20 minutes, whereas brown rice needs closer to 40 minutes.

    Some try to speed up the process by cooking the rice longer & then just using the quick pressure release, but we don’t recommend it. You’ll run the risk of your rice overcooking and coming out too mushy, so stick to the natural pressure release option.

    grains of uncooked rice spread on tabletop

    Tips for cooking rice in an instapot

    There are a few smart tips you can follow to make sure your rice comes out just right.

    Tip 1. Before you start, be sure to wash your rice a few times first to rinse off the excess starch. You’ll need to do this more than once because there is a LOT of extra starch. It’s impossible to wash all of it off completely, but your water should be noticeably clearer after two or three washings which is sufficient. If you forget to do this step, the excess starch will make your rice gummy or clump together which we don’t want, right?

    Tip 2. You also want to use the right water to rice ratio. For cooking plain rice in an instant pot, the ideal ratio to use is 1 cup of water per 1 cup of uncooked rice. This ratio holds true regardless of the type of rice you are cooking: jasmine, basmati, brown, wild, you name it! The only situation where you may modify this is if you are making something other than plain rice.

    bowl of olive oil for instant pot rice

    Tip 3. Spritz some cooking spray or add a small bit of any cooking oil before you start cooking the rice. Cooking rice water has a tendency to bubble up, which sometimes leads to your instapot spitting and spewing a little. The oil keeps the bubbles in check, and also makes the rice stick less to the inside of your pot.

    Tip 4. Finally, use the natural pressure release rather than quick-release option. Anyone who’s tried to speed up the cooking time by cooking longer & using quick-release knows that your rice can easily overcook and come out too mushy.

    A bonus time management tip: starting cooking your rice first and use the cooking time to prep the rest of your meal. Chances are you’ll finish both around the same time and can get right to eating. Win!

    bowl of perfect white rice in black bowl with miso soup on side

    Fluffy, perfect instant pot rice only takes minutes to make!

    How to Cook White Rice in an Instant Pot – Step by Step Instructions

    Step 1. Prewash your rice grains thoroughly a few times to rinse off the excess starch.

    Step 2. Put your washed rice into the instant pot. Add 1 cup of water for each cup of uncooked rice.

    Step 3. Add a small spritz of cooking spray or a teaspoon of any type of cooking oil.

    Step 4. Close and seal your instant pot, then turn it on to the RICE setting. If there is none, set to cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.

    Step 5. Let the instant pot finish cooking and release pressure under the NATURAL RELEASE setting.

    Step 6. Fluff and mix rice, then serve and enjoy!

    Instant pot rice recipes

    If you want to make other kinds of rice or a fancier rice dish, read on to see other delicious rice creations you can make with your instant pot.

    Brown rice

    This kind takes foreverrrrrrr on the stove, so you definitely want to check out this instant pot recipe to get it out on the table quicker.
    Total time: 22 minutes
    (via Eating on a Dime)

    Jasmine rice

    Yeah, like the aromatic kind you find in Thai restaurants!
    Total time: 17 minutes
    (via Meatloaf and Melodrama)

    Sticky rice

    Popular in Southeast Asian cuisine. Also referred to as sweet rice or glutinous rice. Here’s a dessert version with coconut milk and mango. Yum!
    Total time: 30 minutes
    (via What to Cook Today)

    Basmati rice

    This is a slightly nutty in flavor, long-grain rice that you’ll commonly find in Indian cuisine.
    Total time: 25 minutes
    (via Pressure Cook Recipes)

    Sushi rice

    Uses Japanese rice and LOTS of vinegar.
    Total time: 40 minutes
    (via The Foodie Eats)

    Fried rice

    An easy Asian style rice with peas, carrots, and egg.
    Total time: 11 minutes
    (via Happy Foods Tube)

    Congee

    Also known as jook or Chinese rice porridge. This comforting, homey dish is for Chinese people what like chicken noodle soup is for Americans, or minestrone for Italians.
    Total time: 90 minutes
    (via It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken)

    Mexican rice

    This healthified instant pot rice and beans dish serves as perfect comfort food. Love topping the rice and black beans with avocado and a dollop of Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.
    Total time: 47 minutes
    (via 365 Days of Crockpot)

    Cilantro lime

    As in a Chipotle copycat recipe. The key here is using lime that’s fresh!
    Total time: 20 minutes
    (via Food Faith Fitness)

    Spanish rice

    A very simple tomato-based rice.
    Total time: 35 minutes
    (via Nora Cooks)

    Jollof rice

    This is an African-style, tomato-based rice that’s spiced with ginger, cinnamon, garlic, and other flavors.
    Total time: 40 minutes
    (via Recipes from a Pantry)

    Wild rice

    This instant pot rice pilaf has lots of great flavors, courtesy of onions, mushrooms, parsley, and vegetable bouillon.
    Total time: 51 minutes
    (via A Pinch of Healthy)

    Rice and broccoli

    Personally, we love adding MorningStar Farms Chik patties to create an easy weeknight dinner that everyone in the family will love.
    Total time: 15 minutes
    (via The Censtable Shoppin)

    Curry soup

    This warm dish packs a bit of heat and is perfect during the fall when butternut squash is in season.
    Total time: 60 minutes
    (via Slimming Eats)

    Pudding

    And rice for dessert! This recipe can be served warm or cold, and can actually make a pretty good breakfast.
    Total time: 19 minutes
    (via The Typical Mom)

    Cheat sheet with cooking times chart

    To keep yourself organized, here’s a free copy of these various instant pot rice recipes with a cheat sheet of the rice to water ratio and cook times per type of grain. If you find it useful, please help share it via the links provided in the cheat sheet!

    Click here to get your instant pot rice cheat sheet.

    Use your insta-pot to cook consistently perfect rice every time. No matter what kind of rice you want to cook, we’ve given you our best tips on making instant pot rice that’s fluffy and delicious. Whether you want to make a rice side dish that’s simple or sophisticated, we’ve got you covered with an array of insta-pot rice recipes to get your grain on!

     

    Perfect Instant Pot Rice
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    3 mins
    Release time
    17 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    Get the inside scoop on how to make fluffy instant pot rice with the right water to rice ratio, cook time, and other tips for a perfect bowl of rice. 

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: Various
    Keyword: easy rice, instant pot rice, quick rice
    Servings: 4 servings
    Calories: 345 kcal
    Author: munchmunchyum
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups white rice
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    Instructions
    1. Prewash your rice grains thoroughly a few times to rinse off the excess starch.

    2. Put your washed rice into the instant pot. Add 1 cup of water for each cup of uncooked rice.

    3. Add a small spritz of cooking spray or a teaspoon of any type of cooking oil.

    4. Close and seal your instant pot, then turn it on to the RICE setting. If there is none, set to cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.

    5. Let the instant pot finish cooking and release pressure under the NATURAL RELEASE setting.

    6. Fluff and mix rice, then serve and enjoy!

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