The Easiest Way To Cook Rice In An Instant Pot

Have you ever wondered how to cook rice in a pressure cooker?

The Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands on the market. It’s easy to use and cooks food up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods.

And it can do so much more! You can make yogurt, steam vegetables, or even bake a cake with this versatile kitchen appliance.

But today, we’re going to focus on how to cook rice in an Instant Pot.

Rice is a staple food for many people around the world. Easy Instant Pot Rice Pinterest Graphic

Unfortunately, it’s also one of those foods that can easily be cooked incorrectly, leading to an unpleasant texture and flavor.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make rice in an Instant Pot (Electric Pressure Cooker)!

This blog post will discuss how you can use your Instant Pot (or similar pressure cooker) as a rice cooker and walk through how to cook both white and brown rice, which turns out perfect every time.

Many people struggle to cook rice, as it either turns out too watery, too hard and chewy, or too mushy. The main culprit is the amount of water and cooking time, so it’s essential to get those just right.

Because there are a few ways you can mess up cooking rice, many people are put off cooking it.

This is such a shame as rice is a versatile staple food and an excellent accompaniment to many dishes.

There are many ways you can cook rice in an Instant Pot, which we will explore below.

We’ve also included some advice for how best to serve your perfectly cooked rice, so it’s delicious and easy on the eye!

Instant Pot White Rice (Pressure Cooker White Rice)

Instant Pot White Rice

This recipe shows you how to make perfect instant pot white rice. It takes only 15 minutes, and the result is perfectly fluffy cooked white rice.

This recipe serves 2-4 people and ready within 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1/2 tsp of salt (optional)

Instructions

Rinse Rice: Rinsing white rice under cold water is an essential step to removing the surface starch, making them gummy as they cook. Pour the liquid out, and rinse until the water is clear. Drain the rice well.

Pressure Cook Rice: Add the washed and drained white rice and 1 cup (250ml) of cold water to your Instant Pot pressure cooker or pressure cooker of choice. Add salt if you are using it and give everything a mix.

Close the lid and turn the Venting Knob to the Sealing position. Pressure Cook the rice at High Pressure for 3 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes.

Release any remaining pressure in the Instant Pot by turning the venting knob to the Venting position (Quick release). Open the lid of your Instant Pot quickly.

Serve: Fluff rice with a fork or a rice paddle, then serve warm.

Note:

  • Before placing the rice in the refrigerator, let it cool down completely.
  • If the rice is a little moist, leave it to sit for a while before you serve
  • The ratio of rice to water is 1:1. You can happily double the recipe using this ratio. So if you use 4 cups of rice, you would use 4 cups of water. The cooking time would remain the same.

Instant Pot Brown Rice (Pressure Cooker Brown Rice)

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice, which is one reason I love eating it. Cooking brown rice on the cooking stove can take a long time; even using a rice cooker to cook brown rice takes quite a while.

Using your Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker of choice) makes cooking brown rice so easy and without any effort at all.
The best of all is that it comes out tasty every time.

The recipe serves 2-3 people and ready in approx. 20 mins.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Instructions

Rinse Rice: Quickly rinse brown rice under cold water. Drain the rice well.

Pressure Cook Rice: Add the washed and drained brown rice and 1 cup (250ml) of cold water to your Instant Pot pressure cooker or pressure cooker of choice. Add salt if you are using it and give everything a mix.

Close the lid and turn the Venting Knob to the Sealing position. Pressure Cook the rice at High Pressure for 15 minutes, then Natural Release for 5 minutes. Release any remaining pressure in the Instant Pot by turning the venting knob to the Venting position (Quick release). Open the lid of your Instant Pot quickly.

Serve: Fluff brown rice with a fork or a rice paddle, then serve warm.

Note:

  • Before placing the brown rice in the refrigerator, let it cool down completely.
  • If the brown rice is a little moist, leave it to sit for a while before you serve
  • The ratio of brown rice to water is 1:1. You can happily double the recipe using this ratio. So if you use 4 cups of rice, you would use 4 cups of water. The cooking time would remain the same.

Bonus Rice Recipe: Instant Pot Dirty Rice

Instant Pot Dirty Rice

I know the name doesn’t sound very appealing but trust me when I say this simple Louisiana rice dish is delicious.

Dirty Rice is a dish made with white rice, ground beef, pork or chicken, some liver, bell peppers, celery, onions, and spices. It gets its name from the color changing to a greyish/brown when cooked.

This is a simplified version of Dirty Rice. The original recipe calls for chicken liver, but we’ve substituted salty bacon instead.

This recipe is simple and has two stages:

  1. Sauteeing
  2. Pressure Cooking

Ingredients

how-to-make-dirty-rice
  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup diced celery (about one large stalk/rib)
  • 1 cup diced red or green pepper (about one bell pepper)
  • 3 oz / 90 g streaky bacon, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 0.5 lb / 250 g ground beef (we used 95% meat, 5% fat)
  • 1.25 cups dry Basmati or Jasmine rice, rinsed well
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun spice mix such as this (or see notes below)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or A1 sauce
  • 350 ml vegetable or chicken stock

Instructions

  • With the Instant Pot turned on, select the Saute function key. Allow the pot to heat up, and once hot, add the oil, onions, celery, peppers, and bacon and cook for 2 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
  • Add garlic and beef. Cook for two more minutes until the meat turns from red to light grey.
  • Add 1.25 cups of well-rinsed rice, about two tablespoons of Cajun spice mix (see notes), a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and 350 ml of veggie or chicken stock. Mix through, and press Cancel to stop the Saute function.
  • Put the lid on, lock, and set the valve to the Sealing. Press Manual/Pressure Cook and set the time to 4 minutes at High Pressure. The Instant Pot will take 5-8 minutes to build up pressure initially. Once the timer is finished, wait for 5 minutes of natural pressure release (NPR) before removing from the heat, or rice will keep cooking.
  • Once the rice is cooked, use the quick release (move valve to Venting position) to let off the remaining pressure and open up the lid. Stir through the rice, so all of it gets mixed well with a garnish of chopped scallions and parsley. Add some fried shallots if you want as well.

Note:

You can use a store-bought Cajun spice mix like this or make your own.

Cajun Spice Blend

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Stir everything together and store in an airtight container and use as needed.

How to Serve Rice in Dome Shape?

Have you ever been to a restaurant and wondered how they serve their rice so nicely? Presentation is a big thing when serving food, and if done well, it can impact those you are serving it to.

Most people tend to serve rice by spooning it onto the plate and putting other food on top or beside it. This is pretty boring, and with a little bit of effort (not much), you can transform how your meals are served to people.

One effective way of serving rice is to serve it in a dome shape. Not only does it look great, but it allows you to have more space on your plate for other food and can be easy enough to do with a bit of time.

To serve rice in a dome shape, first:

  1. Cook the rice following the instructions above (or use leftover cooked rice)
  2. Take a small bowl and scoop the rice into it. Put in as much as you need for one person.
  3. Press the rice down with the back of the spoon so it is compressed into the bowl.
  4. Place a plate on top of the bowl and carefully turn the bowl and plate upside down.
  5. Twist the bowl carefully a few times and then lift the bowl.
  6. You should find the rice has stayed on the plate in a perfect bowl shape! (if the rice you are using is too sticky, try rubbing a little bit of cooking oil on the inside of the bowl, which will allow the rice to slip out more manageable).

Frequently Asked Questions

Brown rice generally has less powdery residue than white rice, but it is vital to wash the brown rice at least once before cooking it to remove unwanted debris.

Many people prefer to use white rice because it is easier to cook. White rice is not necessarily unhealthy for you, but many vitamins and nutrients are lost during the processing stage. Brown rice is a healthier and more nutritious option.

While the reheating of cooked rice could cause food poisoning, this is mainly caused by how rice has been stored in the time between cooking and rewarming.
Uncooked rice can contain harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning. These spores can survive when rice is cooked.

The longer rice is left at room temperature, the more likely it is that harmful bacteria can make the rice unsafe to eat.
To avoid any issues, either serve the rice straight away or as soon as it has cooled down, place it in an airtight container in the fridge.

If you are reheating the rice, ensure that it is steaming hot all the way through.

Rice can be stored in the fridge for 1-4 days. However, the best method to store rice is by placing it in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag to ensure it stays fresh and free from airborne bacteria.

Yes, rice can be frozen and stored for up to one month. Ensure that the rice has cooled before placing it in the freezer. Make sure your rice is fully heated before eating it. Once you have reheated the rice once, avoid reheating again. Repeatedly reheating rice can create optimum conditions for bacteria to grow and result in food poisoning.

When cooking rice in an Instant Pot, you can use less water because the pressure cooker is sealed, and therefore less water evaporates. Most people like the 1 to 1 ratio, but if you like softer rice, add a little more than the recommended amount of water per cup of dry rice.

Yes, you can cook black rice in the Instant Pot. Many different types of rice can be cooked in the pressure cooker as long as you use the recommended rice to water ratio. Please remember different types of rice (e.g., white, brown, wild, black, etc.) will require different ratios. You will also need to adjust the pressure cooking time to get the perfect rice. If the water ratio and cooking time are not correct, you will find that the result will not be desired.

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