Instant Pot Brown Rice

September 14, 2017 (Updated: September 9, 2019) By Aneesha |

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Here is a simple dump-and-start recipe for making soft and fluffy Brown rice, using an Instant Pot pressure cooker.  Brown rice is an extremely nutritious whole grain rice, that is high in fiber, antioxidants and minerals.


A black stone bowl full of brown rice on a blue wooden background

Comparison: Brown Rice vs White Rice

Brown rice is a whole-grain rice, in which the outer bran and germ layer hasn’t been removed from the rice kernels.  Because of that, it retains all the minerals and fiber that is present in the outer layers.

For these reasons, Brown rice is considered to be a healthier and more nutritious alternative to white rice. The outer layers being intact also contribute to it’s nutty and chewy texture.

While it still contains carbohydrates, since Brown rice has more fiber per serving, which reduces the net carbs per serving.

Brown rice cooked in Instant pot, served in brown stone bowl, garnished with cilantro leaves

Brown Jasmine Rice

Brown Jasmine rice is a variety of long grain rice originally grown in Thailand.

It is one of the popular varieties of Asian rice due to its nutty flavor and floral aroma.  When cooked, it has a little bite to it.  Sometimes called Thai jasmine rice or Thai rice, this rice pairs very well with most asian flavored curries, vegetables and grilled meats.

A cup of cooked brown jasmine rice has about 300 calories. My family enjoys this brand of Brown Jasmine Rice.

Brown Basmati Rice

Brown Basmati rice is the whole-grain variety of the popular nutty and aromatic Basmati rice.   It is known for it’s fluffy and fragrant results.   For my family, the texture of brown basmati rice took a little getting used to, especially when compared it to it’s soft and tender cousin, white Basmati rice.

But over the years, we have grown to love brown rice and enjoy it with all kinds of curries, lentils and vegetable dishes.  The only recipes I haven’t successfully replaced brown rice in, is in Biryanis!  But, I would say, that’s a work-in-progress 😉

My family enjoys this brand of Brown Basmati Rice.

A fork full of fluffy Brown rice

How to Cook Instant Pot Brown Rice

Everyone likes their rice a certain way.   So, the end result can vary between a sticky texture to firm kernels.  Which is why cooking time and water-to-rice ratio is different for everyone.

I did many experiments with cooking times and water ratios to find the perfect combination for Brown rice in the Instant Pot.  I found that Basmati Rice and Jasmine Rice had similar results.  Here is what I realized:

My Preferred Recipe:  My family likes our rice to be in between soft and firm.  So, the ratio of 1 cup rice to 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water + 1 teaspoon ghee/oil, Manual (High) 22 minutes, NPR, works best for us. We typically eat our rice with curries or stir-frys.

Customize it: 

If you like your rice more firm than soft, then a 1: 1 ratio, Manual (High) 20 minutes, NPR.

If you like your rice more soft and fluffy, 1:1.25 ratio, Manual (High) 22 minutes, NPR.

step by step photo instructions on how to cook brown rice in your Instant pot pressure cooker

Instant Pot Brown Rice (Pot-in-Pot Method)

Assemble the rinsed rice plus seasoning in an oven safe bowl that fits easily in your Instant Pot.   Depending on the size of your pot, add 1-2 cups of water in the inner pot.  Place a trivet.  Place rice bowl on top of that.  Close lid and pressure cook.

Accessories needed for Pot-in-Pot Rice in Instant Pot:

Step by Step recipe for Instant Pot brown rice using the pot in pot (PIP) method

Brown Jasmine Rice Goes Well With:

Thai Massaman Curry

Panang Curry

Thai Green Curry with Tofu

Brown Basmati Rice Goes Well With:

Chana Masala

Rajma Masala

Authentic Butter Chicken

Paneer Tikka Masala

More Rice Recipes:

Perfect Jasmine Rice or Basmati Rice in the Instant Pot

Tex-Mex Style Instant Pot Mexican Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Coconut-flavored Rice

Spinach Rice Pilaf

Saffron Rice

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A partial view of a bowl of brown rice

Brown Rice in Instant Pot

Here is a simple dump-and-start recipe for making soft and fluffy Brown rice, using an Instant Pot pressure cooker.  Brown rice is an extremely nutritious whole grain rice, that is high in fiber, antioxidants and minerals.
4.5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
NPR: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 180kcal


  • 1 cup brown jasmine rice
  • 1 cup water +2 tablespoons for softer texture
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  • Turn on Instant Pot.  Rinse rice once and strain.  Add rice, water, salt and oil. Stir. Close the lid.  Set valve to ‘Sealing’. Press MANUAL (High) for 22 minutes.
  • Wait for natural pressure release for 10 minutes (NPR 10), after which release the remaining pressure by manually turning the valve to venting position in DUO, or, pushing down the pressure valve in ULTRA . Open lid after the pin drops. Fluff the rice gently, using a fork.


Notes & Recipe Tips

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian, Thai
Keyword: brown rice recipe, instant pot rice recipes
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Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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  • Reply
    July 11, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    5 stars
    I didn’t read the instructions carefully, and did the quick (instead of natural) release after the 22 minutes. I always have trouble with the rice being either hard and crunchy or too mushy, and a lot of times water left in the pot. Even with the quick release, this was perfect!

    • Reply
      July 11, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Beth, That’s so wonderful to hear. I make brown rice 2-3 times a week and this recipe is my go-to, glad you enjoyed it too!

  • Reply
    April 20, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    What if we double the recipe…do we need to change the cooking time?

    • Reply
      April 21, 2020 at 10:18 am

      Hi Brandi, the pressure cook times stays the same even if you multiply the recipe! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Fran Terhune
    January 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you….first success cooking Brown Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot. I have used pots, rice cookers all failures! I am extatic!

    • Reply
      January 12, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Fran, that is so nice to hear. I am so glad that this recipe worked for you. Thanks for sharing your experience. If you haven’t already, please rate the recipe by clicking on the stars, it helps other readers spot a tried recipe. Thanks again!

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