How to Cook Perfect Instant Pot Rice

This post shows how to cook the perfect Instant Pot rice every time! This easy method can be used in other types of pressure cookers as well; has conversions for brown, white, basmati, and jasmine rice.

This post shows how to cook the perfect Instant Pot rice every time! This easy method can be used in other types of pressure cookers as well; has conversions for brown, white, basmati, and jasmine rice.

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After publishing so many Instant Pot recipes on this blog that I've lost count, you would think that I had covered everything, right? Wrong. A couple of weeks ago, I realized that I had never walked through the simplest (but most used) Instant Pot recipe I have – rice!

Once you cook rice in the Instant Pot you'll never use anything else to cook it. It takes a fraction of the time of prepping it on the stove or in the microwave and comes out absolutely perfect every time. With the method I've outlined below, it's never crunchy, but never mushy either. It has this perfect balance of texture that complements any main dish.

With this method, I'm cooking only rice in the pressure cooking (this particular night, I was making it to go with the sheet pan dinner collection I've been working on recently). Sometimes I use the Instant Pot just for the rice and sometimes I cook it along with another dish using the pot in pot method. I talked a little bit more about that in my big Instant Pot Freezer Meal Boot Camp post – basically, you just put a trivet and a small baking dish on top of your main dish and fill it with any other item you need to cook for your meal. It's great for rice, potatoes, and even veggies. You can click here to see more about that method.

For now, let's get to cooking rice alone in the Instant Pot!

This is more about the method/ratios than an actual recipe, but I'll show you how much of each item I typically use. I start with 1.5 cups of rice. I use white in this case, but basmati, jasmine, brown, etc. can be used as well (see adjusted cook times below).

Here's the secret to perfect Instant Pot rice: use a 1:1.25 ratio of rice to water. That means, if you're using 1.5 cups of rice, you'll pour just shy of 2 cups of water into your cooker with the rice. (The ratio doesn't have to be perfectly measured, you can kind of round and guesstimate).

I also put a drizzle of olive oil (I don't measure, maybe about a tablespoon) and a couple of pinches of salt in my pot.

It doesn't have to be completely stirred together before putting your lid on, but I do like to give it a couple of stirs just to eliminate any clumps.

Then, simply lock that lid on! I use the manual setting on 8 minutes for white/basmati/jasmine rice and 15 minutes for brown rice.

Let the cook cycle run and allow the pressure to naturally release for 5-10 minutes before manually releasing remaining pressure and removing the lid.

Finally, simply fluff with a fork. I do turn the warm setting off as soon as I take the lid off…it tends to make the rice stick to the bottom of the pan if you don't. You can either take the inner pot out of the Instant Pot or put rice in another dish at this point.

See? Easy peasy! This is something that you can quickly cook in the background while you're working on your main dish…it couldn't be a simpler side dish.

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Happy pressure cooking, friends!


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  1. Increase the rice say to 5 cups do you have to increase the cook time?

    1. You shouldn’t! Just make sure there’s enough room in your pot for the rice and water (I’d do about 6 cups for 5 cups of rice).

  2. Robert Poirier says:

    Why is there a Rice button on the IP if we are not going to use it?
    in my manual for the IP, it does not specify a cooking time or pressure release plan.

    1. Good question! 🙂 I’m sure there is a rice setting on most IPs – I just prefer to do it through the manual setting (which honestly might not be that different than the rice setting).

      1. I’m sure the settings you recommend will work as expected. I can’t say as much for the “Rice” button as there is no information in the manual for what the Rice button does.

        1. I’m with you, I wish there was better explanation of that.

    2. I tried the rice button twice and it just burns the rice, so the manual setting is better.

  3. Do you pressure cook the rice on HIGH for 8 minutes?

    1. Yes, the high pressure that is automatic on Instant Pot manual setting!

  4. my IP does not have a “manual” setting. would I use the “pressure cooker” setting??

    1. Yes, the pressure cooker setting is the same as manual!

  5. could you use a broth instead of water?

    1. Absolutely! That would add even more flavor.

  6. This is the best IP rice I have made. No sticking and no sticky rice. Perfectly fluffy.c

  7. How many ppl will this serve? With your above instructions?

    1. It really depends on serving size, which can vary so much with rice. You can usually expect finished rice to be about triple the amount of dry rice; so if you put 1 cup of dry rice in, you’ll get around 3 cups of ready-to-serve rice.

  8. I am getting ready to do this with a yellow rice… It’s the Vigo authentic Spanish rice! Has anyone tried that to you how much liquid or time?

    1. I would think the process/water would be similar for this kind of rice to white rice.

  9. So if I put 3 cups dry rice do I put 4 cups water is that correct and cook time still 8 minutes?

    1. Yes, that’s correct!

  10. My instant pot is a Tefal multi cooker, will your measurements and times be the same. Thank you.

    1. Leslie Lambert says:

      If it is a pressure cooker, the measurements and time should be the same.