Instant Pot Rice | Perfect Pressure Cooker Rice

November 29, 2018 (Updated: November 4, 2019) By Aneesha |

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Here’s an easy and fail-proof recipe to make perfect Instant Pot rice.  Using this easy to remember recipe, you can enjoy light and fluffy rice in just a little over 30 minutes!   This recipe works great for Jasmine Rice, Basmati rice, or any other variety of long-grain rice.

A green bowl of white fluffy basmati rice

Why Make Rice in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker?

If you’re already a pro at making rice in your rice cooker, or the stove, or your microwave, this recipe just gives you yet another way of making rice.  I used to make rice on the stove, till I got my Instant Pot, and I have to say that it has some advantages over the stove-top recipe for sure.

Here is why I prefer making rice in the instant pot:

  • No waiting for the water to boil
  • No babysitting the pot, reducing the heat.
  • No remembering to turn it off when the time is done
A lime green bowl of fluffy and perfect white rice cooked in Instant pot

Two Variables that Affect Texture of Rice

Based on my family’s preferences, I have found that there are two things that affect the end texture of rice:

#1 Variety of Rice (long or short grain)

This recipe works for all long grain rice varieties including Basmati rice and Jasmine rice.  The one thing that I do with both these varieties of rice is rinse and soak the rice. 

I rinse it 2-3 times until the water runs clear.  Then, I soaked the rice for 15 minutes.  I find that soaking long grain rice makes the end texture more soft and fluffy.

#2 Rice to Water Ratio

It took me a couple of trials to get to the perfect consistency for my family.  I tried with three different rice-to-water ratios:

  • 1:1 cup ratio:  I used 1 standard measuring cup of rice, not the one that comes with the Instant Pot, as that is smaller than a regular cup.  I cooked it in 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  The result was fluffy and cooked through, but not as soft as my family likes it.
  • 1:1+1/4 cup ratio:  In the next experiment, I cooked 1 cup rice in 1.25 cups of water + oil and salt.  The result was soft rice, but it felt too moist.  Because of the extra moisture, the rice kernels weren’t as fluffy as I would like them to be.
  • 1:1 cup+2 tbsp ratio: So, on to my next experiment, which is turned out to be final for us.  I used 1 cup rice, 1 cup + 2 tbsp water +oil and salt.  The result was just perfect for my taste.  Rice kernels were buttery soft and so fluffy.   I repeated this recipe multiple times and got the same results, even when I switched to brown rice.  So, this ratio works best for my family’s taste.
  • Exceptions to this ratio: I stick to a 1:1 ratio when I am cooking rice with vegetables.  That’s because, vegetables release some liquid while cooking too.
  • Customize your rice:  If you like your Basmati rice with a little bite, follow the 1:1 ratio, which means, for every cup of rice, you add a cup of water.  If you like them softer, add 1 1/4 cup water for 1 cup of rice.
A bowl of perfectly cooked white jasmine rice

How to Make the Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine Rice or Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Step#1

I start by soaking the rice in about 2 cups of water, for 15 minute.  Soaking the rice makes them softer after cooking.  I prefer to do this step for all kinds of long grain white rice.   

After 15 mins, rinse the rice 2-3 times, until the water runs clear.  This removes the excess starch in rice, making them fluffy after cooking.

Step#2

Option A: Cook Using Pressure Cook/Manual Mode:

Turn on the Instant pot.  Add rinsed rice, water, salt and oil.  Close lid.  Set vent to ‘sealing’ position in DUO model. Pressure cook for 6 mins on Pressure cook or Manual mode.

Option B: Cook Using Rice Mode:

Alternatively, you can press the ‘RICE’ mode, which cooks at Low pressure, for 12 mins.

Step#3

Once cooking time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 mins.   Release the remaining pressure by turning the vent to ‘Venting’ position in DUO, or, pressing down the pressure valve in ULTRA. 

After opening the lid, using a fork, gently fluff the rice. No stirring. Then, let the rice rest for 5 mins, uncovered. This evaporates any excess moisture and the end result is fluffier.

Step by Step instructions to make Instant Pot basmati or Jasmine Rice

How to Make Pot-in-Pot Rice in Instant Pot

Assemble the soaked and rinsed rice, water and 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 instructions to make Pot-in-Pot Instant Pot Rice

Using the RICE Setting

You can follow this recipe and cook it using the RICE setting in your Instant Pot too.   The rice setting defaults to 12 mins at LOW pressure. 

Add all ingredients to the pot, close the lid, set the vent to ‘sealing’ position and hit the ‘Rice’ button.

NPR vs. QR for Rice

I get asked this question a lot- do you NPR or QR for rice? 

Unless I am in a rush, or, if I am making vegetable biryani, as a general rule of thumb, I let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes, after which I manually release the remaining pressure (NPR 5-10).

When I cook long grain rice like Basmati or Jasmine, I find, that resting the rice makes it fluffy.

How to Make Brown Rice in Instant Pot

If you’re looking to make Brown Jasmine Rice or Brown Basmati Rice in your Instant Pot, here is the detailed brown rice recipe.

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

Tips for Making Perfect Rice in an Instant Pot

  • If using a long grain variety, I find that soaking rice for 15 minutes removes excess starch and makes the end result very light and fluffy.
  • The water-to-rice ratio is way different in the Instant Pot as compared to the stove-top recipe. Using the customizing tips above, use one of the following three ratios: 1:1, 1: 1.25, 1:1.125.
  • In my test runs, results were exactly the same when cooking rice at high pressure for 6 mins, or, on the Rice mode. So, pick a mode based on your convenience.
  • NPR or QR? For best results, I let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes, after which I manually release the remaining pressure.
  • When making rice using the Pot-in-Pot method, add 1-2 cups water in the inner pot based on the size of your pot. For 3 qt and 6qt, add 1 cup. For 8qt, add 2 cups. Please remember: you still have to add water to the rice bowl as per the recipe instructions.
  • After opening the lid, using a fork, gently fluff the rice. No stirring. Then, let the rice rest for 5 mins, uncovered. This evaporates any excess moisture and the end result is fluffier.

Make a Meal: What to Serve with Rice

There are many curries and stews that go really well with rice. Here are some of our favorite dishes to pair rice with:

More Instant Pot Rice Recipes

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A green bowl of white fluffy basmati rice

Instant Pot Rice | Perfect Pressure Cooker Rice

Here's a fail-proof recipe to make perfect Instant Pot rice.  Using this easy to remember recipe, you can enjoy light and fluffy Basmati or Jasmine rice in just a little over 30 minutes! 
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
NPR: 5 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Aneesha

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice (Jasmine/ basmati) Soaked for 15 mins, rinsed 2-3 times
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp water (or use 1:1, or 1:1¼ cups based on your preference)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil (or ghee)

Equipment

Instructions

  • Soak the rice in about 2 cups of water, for 15 minutes.  Soaking the rice makes them softer after cooking.  I prefer to do this step for all kinds of long grain white rice.   After 15 mins, rinse the rice 2-3 times, until the water runs clear.  This removes any excess starch in rice, and makes them fluffy.
  • Turn on the Instant pot.  Add rinsed rice, water, salt and oil.  Close lid.  Set vent to sealing position in DUO model. Pressure cook for 6 mins on Pressure cook or Manual mode.  Alternatively, you can press the ‘RICE’ mode, which cooks at Low pressure, for 12 mins. 
  • Once cooking time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 mins.  Release the remaining pressure by turning the vent to ‘Venting’ position in DUO, or, push down the pressure valve in ULTRA.  Open lid after the pin drops.  Using a fork, gently fluff the rice.  

Notes

Tips for Making Perfect Rice in an Instant Pot

  • If using a long grain variety, I find that soaking rice for 15 minutes removes excess starch and makes the end result very light and fluffy.
  • The water-to-rice ratio is way different in the Instant Pot as compared to the stove-top recipe. Using the customizing tips above, use one of the following three ratios: 1:1, 1: 1.25, 1:1.125.
  • In my test runs, results were exactly the same when cooking rice at high pressure for 6 mins, or, on the Rice mode. So, pick a mode based on your convenience.
  • NPR or QR? For best results, I let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes, after which I manually release the remaining pressure.
  • When making rice using the Pot-in-Pot method, add 1-2 cups water in the inner pot based on the size of your pot. For 3 qt and 6qt, add 1 cup. For 8qt, add 2 cups. Please remember: you still have to add water to the rice bowl as per the recipe instructions.
  • After opening the lid, using a fork, gently fluff the rice. No stirring. Then, let the rice rest for 5 mins, uncovered. This evaporates any excess moisture and the end result is fluffier.  
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 70mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian, Indian
Keyword: Instant Pot Basmati rice, Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, Instant Pot Rice
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This recipe was was updated in 2019 with new photos, helpful information, tips, and step-by-step photos.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    john
    October 1, 2019 at 5:18 am

    5 stars
    aneesha thanks its informative

    • Reply
      Aneesha
      October 1, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Hi John, I’m glad you found this post helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Zeeshan Akram
    May 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    If doing the pot in pot method, am I still adding 1 cup + 2 tbsp of water to the bowl of rice? Or is the soak and rinse sufficient?

    • Reply
      Aneesha | Spice Cravings
      May 12, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Zeeshan, you need to add 1 cup + 2 tbsp of water for pot in pot method as well.

      • Reply
        Norah
        November 4, 2019 at 1:04 pm

        I was about to ask the same, but figured I’d find someone else that was also unsure. Just a thought, but perhaps you could update or revise your pot in pot instructions, to clarify for everyone that the water with the rice is still required, as well as the water in the IP.

        • Reply
          Aneesha
          November 4, 2019 at 1:07 pm

          Hi Norah, Sure, I’ll that clarification. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

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